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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 15, 2014

Vinted on December 15, 2014 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 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 Bonny Doon Vineyard Bien Nacido X Block Syrah (Santa Maria Valley): Shiraz lovers will want to steer clear of this svelte beauty. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bonny Doon Vineyard Cuvee R Rancho Solo Grenache (Monterey County): A vixen, infused with verve and comfy with its vivacious power $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc (Arroyo Seco): Uhm… errr… so… wait a second, how much is this again? Really? Dang! $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Edetaria Seleccio Old Vines White (Terra Alta): She is liberally applying the heady, oily, rich – and beguiling – perfume. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina Ames Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Dark fruit & earth that start out broad, but lean in with focus at the end. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Castell Reitsteig Spatburgunder (Franken): Sporting dirty leather shoes, but still quite light on the feet that are inside them. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Santi Solane Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Valpolicella): Curt and demanding, almost to a leathery, dry-fruited fault $17 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Wohler Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): You'd better like your cherries, & you'd better like them deep. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Split personality; lovely, lingering, but also pithy and demanding. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Still a mere babe in herbal, peppery, spiced-fruit swaddling cloth. $59 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Helfrich Grand Cru Steinklotz Gewurztraminer (Alsace): About as crowd-pleasing as the Chinese food with which it should be served. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Briego Crianza Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero): fruity, grippy, lively, leathery, and punching well above its weight class. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 8, 2014

Vinted on December 8, 2014 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 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 Vie White Hawk Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Bold, meaty, dense, big, but above all else, waaaay to young for the now. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Vie Las Madres Vineyard Los Carneros Syrah (Sonoma County): Rugged & expressive, a lumberjack taking up Manhattan art residency. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone Red Wine (Napa Valley): Still in the process of formulating its complex, engaging opinions. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fox Run Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Peaches, limes, and a strong preference for sweet and spicy Asian take-out. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina D’Adamo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Iron fist, velvet glove, and several handfuls of stones and garden herbs. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Brut 25 (Franciacorta): Sharp as a tack, crisp as morning air, aggressive as an angry bull. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schloss Johannisberg Silberlack Riesling Trocken (Rheingau): Stone fruit that’s bruised but unbowed, toasty but still spirited. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Reserve En Bonbonne (Arroyo Secco): Funky, nutty, authentic & opinionated; you’ll love her, or hate her. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc (Arroyo Secco): Inviting, and enticing, despite stretching the limits of the spandex just a bit. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Laurel Glen Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Mountain): Sports cocoa, currants, & a butler-proper attitude. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Emina Prestigio (Ribera del Duero): Unabashed and unapologetic; but it will reward those who like their wood front and center. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 1, 2014

Vinted on December 1, 2014 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 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 Stoller Family Estate Helen's Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Displaying the fruits of labor when it's combined with refined focus. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Stoller Family Estate Nancy's Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Rich of fruit, lithe of step, bountiful of spice, and heavy of wallet. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schloss Johannisberg Gelblack Riesling Feinherb (Rheingau): Firm, fresh, fruity, fragrant, & fond of its own handsome presentation $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Sweet red berry fruit, but svelte & strong like it's been doing CrossFit. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Cune Reserva (Rioja): Spicy oak, compelling underbrush, & juicy plums, all set to get to know one another quite well given time. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Montes Alpha Outer Limits Zapallar Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Aconcagua Valley): Pungent, piquant power to the thirsty people! $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Achaval Ferrer Malbec (Mendoza): Most of the meat, grip, minerals, and tangy berry action, with very little of the bloat. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Herbal and heady, silky and savory; apt to disappear quickly if you're not watching. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Livio Felluga Sauvignon (Collio): Vibrant, at turns lovely, at turns nutty; just like your family Turkey Day dinner guests, right? $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Gabbianno Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico): You like it chewy, right? Right? Oh, you don't? Well, too freakin' bad for you, then $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio (Friuli): Once again, we're forced to ask why any sane person would go to any other region for PG… $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Perticaia Sagrantino di Montefalco (Montefalco): Darth Vader has a lighter, gentler grip than the 1 found in this rip-roaring red. $47 A- >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 24, 2014

Vinted on November 24, 2014 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 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!

  • 13 Onesta Rose of Cinsault (Lodi): From historic plantings come tart red fruits, spice, & pithiness of nearly historic proportions. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Napa Valley): Silky almost to a fault; for those seeking something decadent, & for tonight. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cornerstone Oregon Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): You'll need to peel back the oak, but enticing texture awaits you underneath. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Apothic Dark Limited Release (California): Sweet & to the point; the point being your future hangover looks very dark, indeed. $11 C- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Hallberg vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Savory & bold; please prepare your cheeks for the electric jolt. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Not unlike the Energizer Bunny this one never really tires $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Richly rendered, but it's delicately – & vibrantly – delivered. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Don't fear a little extra barrel time, just exercise a little extra patience. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Helfrich Cremant d'Alsace Brut (Alsace): A refreshing magic trick; open it among friends, & watch the contents quickly disappear! $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Antica Fratta Brut (Franciacorta): When you absolutely, positively need your tasty bubbly liveliness to be forcefully aggressive. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<

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