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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 25, 2012

Vinted on June 25, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Don Maximiano Founders Reserve (Valle de Aconcagua): Rich, expressive, dark, herbal, savory, tart, & absolutely afraid of nothing. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Morande Edicion Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla Valley): Picking up where the fab 07 left off, pegs the "that’s interesting!" meter. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Lauca R. Limited Edition Carignan (Maule Valley): 65 yr old vines, ~250 cases, & one hot Summer night’s fill of pure seduction. $150 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domus Aurea (Maipo Valley): Thoroughly elegant, masterfully structured, and proudly sporting green pepper without any apologies. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 De Martino Legado Chardonnay Reserve (Limari Valley): Peaches traveling a flower-lined, linear, straight-as-an-arrow mineral track. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Alto Valley): All the savory blackcurrant you’d want from a $25 Cab, w/ $10 in change $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Has oak, and isn’t afraid to use it in its deft dark-cherry & tart-berry hands. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere (Lolol Valley): Structure made of pepper, plums and oak, that’s clearly built for the steakhouse. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 De Martino Alto De Piedras Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Deep, dark, spicy, chewy, serious stuff that’s also still seriously young. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cono Sur 20 Barrles Syrah (Limari Valley): Nose will leave U wanting, but the long finish will leave U wondering how they did it. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Syrah (Casablanca Valley): Chalk, pepper & red plum steel you for the grip of a gritty, leathery finish. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Any ritual getting SB this herbal, fruity & balanced ought to be followed religiously. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Pepper, lemon, chilies, cheese; just add sausage & U got Charcuterie! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): A darn good bit of gritty, spicy, berry-laden Paso in not-a-lot of 500ml packaging. $7 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): Cherries, red berries, and a temporary respite from not feeling like charmed royalty. $41 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Seems X-mas (spices) came early, often & generously for OR in ’08. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Crisp, pithy lines of apple structure for a tower of honeydew melon & passion fruit. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box Chardonnay (California): 4 bottles of bobbing for green apples in a toasty vanilla barrel. $19 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage (Carneros): The old girl is starting to get nutty, but continues to feel rich, peachy & sprightly. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>



Weekly Wine Quiz: Professor, I’ve Discovered A Wine Region!

Vinted on June 22, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps like you, I do not supply the quiz answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer.

This week, we’re completing the recent series of quizzes about Australia (still more coverage in play from that trip so keep checking back here!).

Professor, I’ve Discovered A Wine Region!

What Australian wine region was “discovered” in the early 1970s, after research by Professor Harold Olmo and Dr. John Gladstones identified it as a potentially great grape growing region?

Cheers – and good luck!




Wined Down: Gulping With A Mastodon For

Vinted on June 21, 2012 binned in kick-ass wines, wine review, Wined Down (

In what’s become a surreal state of affairs, the list of California cult wines that I’ve yet to try in some way/shape/form is dwindling. Quickly.

The surreal part is that there is no way that I could afford these wines on my own, and in some cases I wouldn’t want to pay the money for them, anyway.

That’s not quite the case for one of the newest wines to join the cult cadre, the worst-kept-secret Napa Valley Cab that I featured in the latest Wined Down column over at Tusk, a new partnership with what-a-surprise-okay-not-really Philippe Melka at the winemaking helm.

The story over at has the whole, well, story on my initiation into the Secret House Of Tusk, from the former movie mogul mansion they are converting into their annual party crash pad, to their play to be one of the first real “populist” cult wines by eschewing ratings and implementing a “two degrees of separation” member list policy; so I’m not going to repeat it here, and will instead urge you to go over there and read it, and then buy 700 subscriptions for all of your friends. I will provide you with a bit more on the tasting note front, though, in case you’ve got a serious amount of wine fund money burning a hole in your rich-ass pockets…

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1WineDude TV Episode 48: Tough Luv For Wine Bloggers

Vinted on June 20, 2012 binned in 1WineDude TV, best of

This one’s about wine blogging, people – for those who don’t care, I’m sorry. For those who do care… I know this only applies to probably a tiny, tiny percentage of the wine blogging world (because most of you watching this are among the awesome), but I felt strongly that it needed to be said. I also hope that this tough love is taken in the spirit in which it was intended; that is, putting the community of wine blogging as a whole above ourselves personally, with the sincere wish that we all continue to strive to be awesome in our own unique ways!





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