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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 9, 2013

Vinted on December 9, 2013 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!

  • 12 La Rochelle Pinot Noir Rose McIntyre Estate Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands): The soul of Provence going on vacation in Livermore. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Steven Kent Winery Lola Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (Livermore Valley): Thoroughbred racer, but showing its stuff over short distances $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Svelte on top, spicy/fat on bottom, pretty all the way thru. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Steven Kent Merlot Small Lot Ghielmetti Vineyard (Livermore Valley): Everything's right w/ this promising – & very young – upstart $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Steven Kent Winery Lineage (Livermore): Throwing the Infinity Gauntlet in Napa's & Bordeaux's faces, Thanos throwdown style. $145 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Steven Kent Winery Folkendt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore): The raspberries donned oak/herb chainmail & are digging in! $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Steven Kent Winery Merrillie Chardonnay (Livermore Valley): Pears, pith, power, poise, personality, and probably peaked interest. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 La Rochelle Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Meunier (Russian River Valley): Fascinating conversation between plums, rose petals & spice. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 La Rochelle Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A pretty Disney princess, smoking, sorting tats & growing out her armpit hair. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 La Rochelle Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir (Andersen Valley): Open up the cupboard to find spices, but also dancing cranberries! $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Montenisa Brut (Franciacorta): Serious, with apple & peach bread toast in between layers of toast, toast, & maybe some more toast. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Antica Fratta Essence Brut (Franciacorta): Floral & long, but there's a LOT of sweet, crusty, toasty junk all up in that trunk. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ronco Calino Saten (Franciacorta): Lavender, honey, apples, pear, fresh apricot, toast, bread, all served up to you buffet-style. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Brut Millesime (Franciacorta): Snappy, smooth, elegant, but U better like things dry & toasty. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Gussalli Beretta Lo Sparviere Extra Brut Millesimato (Franciacorta): Kind of like ice cream meets bakery meets pure kick-ass. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 2, 2013

Vinted on December 2, 2013 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!

  • 08 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (Constantia): If Greek gods invited Chuck Norris to breakfast, this would be their marmalade. $90 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Klein Constantia Estate Red (Constantia): Ornately adorned, but not going all gaudy Rococo on us, either; still sleeping for now. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia): Farm-fresh veggies skipping flint stones off clear, saline seashores. $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia): A leisurely & spritely stroll through the produce section of the Aisles of Plenty. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Klein Constantia Riesling (Constantia): The pithy, citric, textural & mineral wine equivalent to a geek-out Star Trek convention. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Grenache (South Africa): Leather-clad, light-on-feet dancing waiter holding trays of spicy beef tartare. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier (Walker Bay/Franschhoek): Serious, peppery, straight-man Shiraz & flamboyant Viognier buddy flik $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 La Motte Classic Collection Chardonnay (Franschhoek): Lithe, sweet peach & cream that delivers a hurts-so-good crisp neck bite. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc (Coastal Region): Goosed by the gooseberry, but then let down soft & easy on creamy mouthfeel pillows. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Laetitia La Colline Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Breezes into the room, feminine, looking good & making it look effortless. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Laetitia La Coupelle Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Soulful & rich, tough & tender; Teddy Pendergrass singing "Close The Door" $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Laetitia Les Galets Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Herbal, energetic, but also silky & seductive; c'mon, make up your mind! $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Laetitia Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Funky-earthy-peppery-sexy-cool, & all that with a cork on top. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 25, 2013

Vinted on November 25, 2013 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 Querry? Cider (N/A): The fruit is true, the finish long, the palate refined, & the attitude exceedingly friendly. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Bonny Doon Jespersen Vineyard Syrah (Edna Valley): Has an incredibly promising future, though she has yet to chose her major. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Bony Doon Old Telegram (San Benito County): Cherry, mint, dark fruit & meat all working together building a powerful skyscraper. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Contra (Contra Costa County): Challenging & kick-ass enough to keep both Mad Dog Rizer & Scorpion Bean entertained. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy (Central Coast): Floral, lithe, peppery, but also rustic and demanding enough to keep you on your toes. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bonny Doon A Proper Claret (California): Polite, pungent, piquant, and properly poised… though somewhat imprudently funky. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alchemist Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Raspberry, meat & enough cinnamon to supple your next X-mas cookie exchange baking party $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Alchemist Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): Low-key & acerbic, until you get in on the side of its vibrant, storytelling good graces $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Union Wine Company Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Pepper spice on my face, lookin' on the case, tryna find hella taste $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Union Wine Company Kings Ridge Riesling (Willamette Valley): My liege, the bounty of the fully-loaded apple cart hath arrived! $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Union Wine Company Kings Ridge Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley): Seance in progress, channeling spirits of many a Juicyfruit flavor. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Union Wine Company Underwood Pinot Noir (Oregon): "Went down 2 dinner in his Sunday best & rubbed the pot roast all over his chest" $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Jazz-tinged rock band with diverse influences, and playing all original tunes. $54 A- >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 18, 2013

Vinted on November 18, 2013 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!

  • 09 Morlanda Crianca Red (Priorat): Flexes 6-pack abs, kicks other big red wines into a bottomless pit, screams "THIS IS PRIORAT!!!!" $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Viticultors del Priorat Mas de Subira (Priorat): Muscular, dark red fruits holding back chained, feral, gnarling wild animals. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Garbo Negre (Montsant): Rustic Syrah beats up on little cousin Merlot, but aunt Tempranillo scolds them all back into good behavior $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Valdubon Cosecha (Ribera del Duero): Tart, friendly & simple Tempranillo, transmogrified into takeout sweet and sour pork form. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Stolo Family Vineyards Anno di Lucas Syrah (San Luis Obispo County): In Robert Plant voice, "does anybody remember… Pepper?!?" $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Stolo Family Vineyards Anno di Lucas Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County): These boots are made for… collecting funky earth. $35 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Stolo Family Vineyards Anno di Lucas Chardonnay (San Luis Obispo County): Life's a preach, & then… hey is it getting hot in here? $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Hanteillan Haut-Medoc (Haut-Medoc): Saddling up and delivering a Jack Palance-style glare-and-ass-kicking combination. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Marc Mondavi's The Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): What it's flashing under that oak cloak is kinda impressive. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Marc Mondavi's The Divining Rod Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): Talks peaches, melons & bread, but secretly wants to be a lemon $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Domaine Bott-Geyl Gewurztraminer Les Elements (Alsace): Less sweet-nothings-in-ear whisperer & more sweet-tongue-in-ear sticker. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Pertinace Nebbiolo (Langue): It's plenty of Funky, but it could use a lot more of the Cold Medina; or just a lot less of the Funky. $18 B >>find this wine<<

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