The Wire – Season 4

71iIUHv7JwL._SY679_ The season kicks off with a bit of brilliant symbolism by having Marlo’s lieutenants Chris Partlow (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson (Felicia Pearson) continuing a killing spree, and hiding the bodies in the vacant buildings.  A ghost town may as well have dead residents. The lack of corpses allows Marlo to rise to power even though he only seems to have Chris and Snoop as his muscle (more on that later).  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Major Crimes Unit is trying to follow the money and root out political corruption, and homicide can’t investigate crimes they don’t see, and frankly, aren’t trying too hard to find.  Bunk (Wendell Pierce) believes a missing corner kid, Lex, has been murdered, but with no body, there’s no case. Despite the rising body count, life on the street is relatively quiet.  Daniels (Lance Reddick) now runs the Western District, he’s in a happy relationship with Ronnie (Deirdra Lovejoy), Herc is working protection for Mayor Royce (Glynn Turman), and Lester (Clarke Peters) and Greggs (Sonja Sohn) are happily working their case with no interference from their new commander, who’s too busy working on his summer home to care what his unit is up to.  Most surprising is a happy Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West), who has stopped being a surly drunk and now enjoys domesticated bliss with Beadie Russell (Amy Ryan).  Of course, a happy McNulty isn’t necessarily and interesting McNulty, and the show makes the bold move of marginalizing one of its most popular characters. But the heart of the new season is the new characters Duquan “Dukie” Weems (Jermaine Crawford), Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell), Namond Brice (Julito McCullum), and Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds).  Source: Matt Reviews THE WIRE – Season 4

On to watch now Season five, stay tuned.

OT: La Planta 2014

Another interesting wine from the Ribera del Duero DO, very attractively priced. For me it was quite a pleasant surprise. An excellent example of a job well done.

  • 20160320_145919 Winery: Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro, Ctra. N.122 Aranda-Valladolid, Km. 325 C.P. 47350 Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid). Since its founding in 1993, Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro has been known for its high-quality wines (Crianzas, Reservas, and Grand Reservas), in DO Ribera del Duero. The La Planta estate is named after a 1,000-year-old Mediterranean oak tree presiding on the property. La Planta is also the name of our youngest wine, which is made from grapes grown within a large 3,458-acre natural hunting reserve that is situated in Quintanilla de Onésimo. Within this reserve grow 370 acres of vines, mostly of Tinto Fino but complemented by a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Phone: +34 983 681 146  
  • Winemaker: Adolfo González
  • Website: www.arzuaganavarro.com 
  • Brand: La Planta Production: 650,000, 75cl bottles of 75 cl and 13,000, 1.5 litre Magnum.
  • DO: Ribera del Duero
  • Type: Read wine aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels.
  • Vintage: 2014 
  • Alcohol: 14.5 %  
  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) 100% 
  • Vineyards: The grapes used to produce La Planta originate from vines that are more than 20 years of age, property of the winery.
  • Soil Type: Chalky-clay, the vines are at about 900 metres above sea level.
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: € 7,25 at my local grocery shop. 
  • My wine rating: 90/100 (A wine of very good to excellent quality) NEW!