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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 9, 2018

Vinted on April 9, 2018 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-ish 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!

  • 12 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot (Napa Valley): Six years on, and it’s just starting to get into fine, plummy, sexy, and herbal-spicy form. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Lush, spicy, flauntingly sexy, to the point of it almost getting a little old… *almost*. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Scheid Vineyards San Lucas Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Monterey): The GB could alternatively stand for ‘Great Balance’ in this lovely example. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Scheid Vineyards Doctor’s Vineayrd Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): The Doctor is IN, and he’s generous, compelling, and maybe a tad bit too bold. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling Wine (USA): Deft craftsmanship making something specifically lively out of some things specifically unspecific. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Flower Label Fleurie (Beaujolais): In this case, the cover does reveal much about the book, in floral and earthy ways. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine de la Sangliere Cuvee Speciale (Cotes de Provence): The red fruits are on the riper side, the florals on the rosy side, & the whole thing on the kind-of-a-bargain side. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Pazo Cilleiro Albarino (Rias Biaxas): What manner of fresh heaven in this? Vibrant, juicy, pithy and… well, you don’t really need any more than that, do you? $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 CVNE Rioja Reserva (Rioja): Spicy in the right ways, woody in the right amounts, and delicious in just about every respectable aspect. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Godelia Blanco (Bierzo): Flowers, biscuits, and a bright, sunny, energetic attitude; the glass is definitely half-full in the outlook with this one. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 2, 2018

Vinted on April 2, 2018 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-ish 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!

  • 15 Brooks Methode Traditionelle Sparkling Riesling (Willamette Valley): Lemon, lime, grapefruit, and zest; it's pure, and even the perkiness is perky. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Sanford Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Marries plummy richness with vibrant energy; just like pretty much every other year with these guys, come to think of it… $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Murrieta's Well Small Lot Merlot (Livermore Valley): Dark-chocolate-covered blueberries, and more than enough contemplative elements to keep your wine ADD well occupied. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 CK Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon (California): Capable and correct enough to justify going for the 1.5L on a regular basis when holding outdoor BBQ parties. $7 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Dutton Goldfield Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Maybe the biggest, richest DG PN you'll encounter for quite some time; and neither it nor you are none the worse for it. $62 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Big, burly, boastful; you'll need some sizeable steak action to approach this one. $100 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Gamble Family Vineyards Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Yountville): Meyer lemon, lemongrass, zesty, alive… your faith in balanced Napa whites just might get restored. $26 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Prosper Maufoux Macon-Villages (Burgundy): Floral, pretty, and pretty darn drinkable, even if it probably won't leave too much of a lasting impression. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais (Beaujolais): Punching way, way above its weight class with earthy, peppery, bright-fruity uppercuts. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Kellerei Nals Margreid Lyra Gewurztraminer (Sudtirol – Alto Adige): Talk about spicy; all of the Gewurz you want, with hardly any of the fat. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 26, 2018

Vinted on March 26, 2018 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-ish 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!

  • 14 Briziarelli Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria): Powerful, and sizeable, but there's enough tobacco, leather, graphite & dried herbs to match. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Briziarelli Vitruvio Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria): Ripe, dark, spicy, long, and just utterly and completely pleased with itself for being all three of things. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Briziarelli Rosso Mattone Montefalco (Umbria): Peppery, cherry-fruited goodness served up with at least an entire day's recommended dosage of iron. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Kellerei Kurtatsch Gewurztraminer (Trentino-Alto Adige): Talk about textbook; an encyclopedic-worthy Gewurz entry, replete with the requisite rose petals and lychee. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tascante Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese (Sicily): It would have been sexy even if it hadn't have shown up with all of those flowers. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Oddero Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda (Barolo): This wants you to go away for about a8 years, after which it will be mellow enough to receive you… & to probably blow your mind. $160 A >>find this wine<<
  • NV Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut (Champagne): Red berry preserves on brioche, as prepared by angelic cherubs or their modern equivalents. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Famille Perrin Les Cornuds (Vinsobres): Impeccably crafted, spicily characterful, amenably versatile, and basically affordable. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Schild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa Valley): Don't let the not-so-aesthetically-pleasling label deter you, this is a classically supple, minty-tinged bargain. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 MacMurray Estate Vineyards Select Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): That's a crap-ton of fruit purity for a decidedly not-a-crap-ton of cash outlay. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 19, 2018

Vinted on March 19, 2018 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-ish 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!

  • 15 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec (Valle de Uco): Expertly crafted, resulting in generous sexiness without a lack of determined focus. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Casarena Owen's Vineyard Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon (Lujan de Cuyo): See, people, this is an example of why I keep telling you that magic can happen in the 30-bucks range… $32 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc (Swartland): Racy, ripe, & lovely – since we don't have an R word for lovely handy; a side of toasted nuts makes this a nice bargain, too. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 m2 Wines Lodi Native Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): All the spiciness and jammy fruit that your lil' ol' Zin-lovin' heart (and bless it!) desires. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Gorgeous, sexy, and bright; more people, let alone wines, ought to aspire to be like this elegant combo. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Miner Family Wines Emily's Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Basically, this is kind of like having a hot date, only it's in a bottle format. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tommasi Poggio al Tuffo Rompicollo (Toscana): A mouthful of both pronunciation & chewy, plummy fruits; also kind of a versatile, tasty steal. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Mansalto Vino Spumante Brut Rose (Italy): Citrus peel and cherries combine into focused raciness; Sangio showing even *more* versatility, not that we ever doubted it. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Gooseberries and starfruit for days; or, alternatively, Days of Gooseberry and Starfruit. Whatever, it's delicious. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV McBride Sisters Brut Rose (Marlborough): Red berries galore, and an enthralling, enviably delicate – and dare we say, feminine – personality. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
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