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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 15, 2018

Vinted on January 15, 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 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!

  • 16 Fields Family Wines Vermentino (Lodi): Close enough to Italy to almost be sporting a sexy, sing-songy accent. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel Stampede Vineyard (Clements Hills): Apparently, they forgot to add 20 bucks to the price-point. Buy it before they remember!! $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): Red fruits that were, apparently, grown in a garden tended directly by angels. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec (North Coast): True to form, and an open bottle will be a quick hit at a party, even if it's not the most intellectually stimulating of guests. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Quintessa Illumination Sauvignon Blanc (Napa County, Sonoma County): Remains a rich, textured, and complex tapestry that manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A pleasure hedonistic and guilty enough that it'll probably make you feel as if you had actually made a deal with the devil. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cadaretta Syrah (Columbia Valley): there's just soooooo much to like here; and there's just soooooo much oak here… $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut (Champagne): It's a rare thing, to encounter something as in near-perfect sipping shape as this esteemed little number. $70 A >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco (Champagne): Don't let the kitsch turn you off; what's in the bottle overcompensates for it in a fashion as dramatic as its artistic period namesake. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Palomino Sherry (Jerez): Operating smoothly enough to make the protagonists of Sade hit singles green with envy. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 8, 2018

Vinted on January 8, 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 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 Cadaretta Southwind Red Blend (Walla Walla): Slicker than a set of silk sheets whisked with petroleum jelly. If you’re into that sort of thing. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dierberg Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara): Sunny CA fruit meets & Bordeaux-like bramble & herbs working together like Sonic & Tail. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Fields Family Wines Delu Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Lodi): Apparently, we needed to add yet another grape to the long list of varieties that Lodi can deliver on point. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Crystalline in appearance, presentation, execution, mind, body, soul, and maybe some other aspects that science hasn’t discovered yet, too. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pascal Granger Chenas Aux Pierres (Chenas): Earthy, spicy, gulp-able red fruit goodness at a thoroughly gulp-able price-point. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Louis Cheze Condrieu Pagus Luminis (Condrieu): This is dreamier than a pop star under the spotlight nailing a ballad during a prime-time Grammys performance. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Bodegas Delgado Zuleta Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Jeres): Basically, it’s whispering all sweet nothings, but some nights that’s all that you really need. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 San Marzano Anniversario 62 Riserva (Primitivo di Manduria): Primitivo that’s neither primitive nor shallow; but bring your Popeye forearms for that big-ass bottle! $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Post Scriptum de Chryseia (Douro): Chewy, spicy, determined, and in search of a flank steak entree. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham’s Six Grapes River Quintas Special Edition Reserve Port (Porto): Kind of like Vintage Port, only without the wait, & with a 40% discount. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 1, 2018

Vinted on January 1, 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 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 CUNE Gran Reserva (Rioja): The mark is hit, but here's fair warning – the arrows used are broadheads, and made with some rather thick oak. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Vina Real Reserva (Rioja): Pretty much all of the vivacity, spice, and tasty-chewy dark cherry fruit that you could reasonably be asked to handle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rose (Cava): Bold declarations, along with surprising depth & concentration, from the oft-underappreciated Barcelona native. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gran Moraine Brut Rose (Yamhill-Carlton): Wait a minute, what? You mean we're not in Champagne? Because I could have sworn we were in Champagne just then… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sometimes, it's just obvious why standard-bears bear the standard. This is definitely one of those times, folks. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc (Oakville): What can a lot of loving attention do to NV CF? It can make it thoroughly kick ass, that's what it can do. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juuuuuuuuust about perfecting the balance between bold power and spicy, textured elegance. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): The High Bridge just keeps reaching new heights – & adding smidgens of delicious Cab Franc… $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir (Paredones): On point, for sure, though not totally sure of itself perhaps. Though I am totally sure that you'll want salmon with it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brancaia ILATRAIA Maremma Rosso (Toscana): Don't get distracted by the showy outfit this is wearing; what's underneath contains layers of intrigue & depth of character. $70 A >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 25, 2017

Vinted on December 25, 2017 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 Bonterra Vineyards The McNab Single Vineyard Cuvee (Mendocino County): Those who like their CA reds nice and juicy will probably want to mc-nab the McNab ASAP. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maley Brothers Vineyards Lodi Native Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): Taming the beast, without ever really losing sight of the what makes the beast awesome in the first place. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella (Valpolicella): If you feel like this chewy number perennially is on point without missing a beat, that's because it's actually perennially on point without missing a beat. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Reva Nebbiolo d'Alba (Monforte d'Alba): With a little bit of understanding, and more than a little bit of patience, you'll be in full-on contemplation mode with this little beauty. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Frescobaldi Massovino Ammiraglia Vermentino (Toscana): Not exactly flagship material, but you won't be complaining – & your glass won't stay full very long, either. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): On the rich, spicy, and caramel-laden side. And yeah, you can go ahead and just thank it for all of that later. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran (Madiran): Clearly an impressive performer, as just about every right note is hit in an entertaining way here. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Elian Da Ros Abouriou Rouge (Cotes du Marmandais): Authenticity, ruggedness, & hipster cred, but in this case you can actually just *enjoy* it. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Henriot Brut Souverain (Champagne): As English Bob put it, the sight of royalty would cause you to dismiss all thoughts of bloodshed and you would stand… in awe… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve (Champagne): Yellow & green apples, and white peaches – and cloud-pleasing quaff-ability – in almost embarrassingly rich amounts. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
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