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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 21, 2014

Vinted on April 21, 2014 under 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 11 Alta Maria Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Like a china doll, it's almost too fragile too handle. $28 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alta Maria Vineyards Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Like a department store, there's perfume going for days $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alta Maria Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Barbara County): "Why am I so soft in the middle, the rest of my life is so… grassy." $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon (Carneros): Acting like a fitness trainer in the midst of an overweight California Cabs convention. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Truchard Pinot Noir (Carneros): Eschewing glamour, pomp & circumstance, instead focusing on over-delivering on tangent alone. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Truchard Roussanne (Carneros): Yes, it dresses rich, flashy, and opulent, but there's simply no escaping outs pithy upbringing. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vie Beatty Ranch Vineyard Howell Mountain Zinfandel (Napa Valley): If it's intense focus U want, then intense focus U shall get! $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vie White Hawk vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Dark of fruit, but still bright of character, & almost overly fond of mint. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vie Las Madres Vineyard Los Carneros Syrah (Sonoma County): …And so I'll have to saaaay olive yoooou, in a sooooonnng… $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vie Melange Maison I House Blend (California): Hell bent, hell bent for leaatherrrrr…. and rustic, tasty, brambly fruit, too. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Vie Belle-Amie Rose (Santa Barbara County): Hey! Hey guys! Guys! Seriously, watch me do my Tavel impersonation, it's killer!!! $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Vie Roussanne (Lake County): Might be just a biiiiiiit too rich for your blood; but fakin' it this puppy most certainly is not. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 14, 2014

Vinted on April 14, 2014 under 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Fields Family Big Red (Lodi): Big indeed, on tasty refreshment; and surely a friend of CA-styled grilled meat fare everywhere. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Not suffering fools; if U are impatient, it thinks U a fool. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Delicious Man is tight-lipped, but he will save the day. In about 5 years. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Menage-a-trois of dark fruit, tasty herbs & dark chocolate. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rafael Reverte Cistum (Navarra): Dark fruits as graphite stone masons, working only by hand & laying it down totally old school. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Mathis Grenache (Sonoma Valley): Muscle and herbs, brightness and heft, brains and brawn, sweet and sour, supple and spicy. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Mathis Grenache (Sonoma Valley): For all its brooding savoriness, it’s still talking fresh, sweet, tart and textual when cornered. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bodega Garzon Sauvignon Blanc (Uruguay): Pungent, tropical fruits that are seeking greener pastures, & more or less finding them. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bodega Garzon Albarino (Uruguay): Apricot eyes, tangerine muscles, jasmine hair, & an overall impressive display of lifting power. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Elena Walch Gewurztraminer (Alto Adige): Lychee, with a can of petrol, a blow torch, an attitude, and out looking for a good time. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewurztraminer (Alto Adige): Buxomly beautiful, intellectually interesting, and vibrant in conversation. $32 A- >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 7, 2014

Vinted on April 7, 2014 under 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 08 Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino): Still a youngster, playing in the dirt and skipping graphite stones. $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Brooks Riesling (Willamette Valley): Grapefruit pith, toast and chalk that are patiently discussing stern austerity measures. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cliff Lee Moondance Dream (Stags Leap District): For those who want their Bord'x blend turned up full throttle, with afterburners. $95 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Brawny; like it stepped thirsty right off the paper towel roll. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cliff Lede Vineyards Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A tune that's more Wagnerian cycle than quickly-digested pop song $190 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Argyle Riesling (Eola-Amity Hills): Fresh, mineral-driven mountain spring water, with twists of limes added for good measure. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Grey Stack Rosemary's Block Dry Stack Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Bennett Valley): SB as hazy, thought-provoking art house flick. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Villa Sandi Vigna la Rivetta, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Cartizze (Prosecco): Chalk-lined paths leading to elegant secret gardens. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Wakefield The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Arrives tossing out gifts generously; turns around & leaves too soon. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Wakefield St Andrews Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Soft earth & eucalyptus leaves clinging to obsidian blocks $60 A- >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 31, 2014

Vinted on March 31, 2014 under 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 09 Wild Horse Cheval Sauvage Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Ever hit a home run 2 win a game for the team? It kinda feels like that $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Pinot Grigio (Venezia Giulia): After 5 year courtship, it's finally letting you near its perky melons. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 FEL Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Herb gardening w/ stylish, pretty black-cherry gloves; & packing snacks of licorice & cola, too. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 FEL Chardonnay (Anderson Valley): A lemony, tropical & complex steal of a wine; cue the bargain hunters' Pavlovian salivation. $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs (Carneros): A long elegant dress, fine pearls, & a longing, contemplative, poignant stare $99 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Gracianna Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Today we give thanks for sweet, ripe, juicy, generous fruitiness. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 05 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Gold Top Brut (Champagne): Ready now, but sometimes it's ok that guilty pleasures can't wait. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose (Champagne): Can a red berry, clay & flowers mash-up be lovely? This makes a decent affirmative case. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 05 Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar (Bekaa Valley): Lovely in many ways, but the shoes are covered with as much funk as they are leather. $46 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Vina Quebrada de Macul Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley): Showy? Not even remotely. Serious & stately? Most certainly. $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Paolo Manzone Langhe Rosso Ardi (Langhe): Dolcetto strutting its chewy, fruity stuff, alternating steps both rustic and refined. $18 B >>find this wine<<

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