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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 29, 2016

Vinted on February 29, 2016 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 Stinson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Monticello): Virginia scores a vibrant goal, proudly displaying the grass stains of its victory $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Lieb cellars Reserve Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island): Such a dark, earthy, peppery – but a shade too woody – delight. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Barton & Guestier Thomas Barton Reserve Saint-Emilion (Saint-Emilion): Probably should be wearing a sign reading Robust Or Bust. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay (Mendocino County): Nothing gritty about this spicy, fruity, creamy, & floral crowd-pleaser. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Howell Mountain Vineyards Beatty Ranch Zinfandel (Howell Mountain): Doesn't mean to be this hedonistic; ok, actually, yes it does. $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 J. McClelland Charbono (Napa Valley): Like the revitalized Dr. Who, this is a pure revenge of the nerds at its most compelling. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 EOS Estate Tears of Dew Late Harvest Moscato (Paso Robles): Paso goes all apricot sweetness on us, and we end up liking it. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Kramer Vineyards Celebrate Muller-Thurgau (Yamhill-Carlton District): Well there's a paaaarty goin' on riiiiiiight heeeeere… $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): Might not peg the meter on complexity, but authenticity carries the day here. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Grandes Vinos y Vinedos Monasterio de las Vinas Gran Reserva (Carinena): This fresh stuff is *how* old? Could have fooled me, bro. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 22, 2016

Vinted on February 22, 2016 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 Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah Le Pousseur (Central Coast): Compelling in its peppery litheness, for those who prefer a lighter touch. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc Reserve (Arroyo Seco): A toasty, burning ember of concoction, ignited by flint and honey. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Erin E Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Pretty darned vibrant, & pretty darned promising; & pretty darned pretty. $37 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Wairau River Pinot Gris (Marlborough): Love me some stone fruits. I just don't usually love me them when they're this viscous. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Lieb Cellars Reserve Sparkling Rose (North Fork of Long Island): A glas conjures up a single word, & that word is "delightful!" $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodega Vistalba Corte C (Mendoza): If we wish hard enough, maybe we can magically make Summer appear & then grill up some burgers. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Luce Della Vite Lucente (Toscana): Dude, throw that pasta, sauce, sausage & herbs into a pot, stat! This is makin' me hungry! $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 David Bruce Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Roses,blood orange, & baking spices? Yes, & it works. Sort of. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Alexander Valley): The geometry is round and smooth here, but the wood scaffolding is all a bit much. $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewurztraminer (Sonoma Coast): Dry, spicy, textured, & begging to be poured when the snow falls. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 15, 2016

Vinted on February 15, 2016 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 Hourglass HG III (Napa Valley): Spicy chocolates for everyone! A second wine that isn't going to stand for playing second fiddle. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Maybe the finest Estate release that they've yet bottled. Ok, not 'maybe.' $165 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): One of the rare sightings of concentration expressed as a virtue. $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Keenan Napa Valley Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Likely one of the quickest ways to seriously upscale your next helping of smoked BBQ. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Come back ina few years, when it's ready, & you're a bit more worthy. $165 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Reserve (Napa Valley): Spices & jam team up in a fun and surprisingly compelling buddy film blockbuster. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Toasty & smokey in good ways, but forgot to bring its namesake's violets. $44 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Dark fruits, violet flowers, and enough black licorice for a candy shop. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Priest Ranch Estate Grenache Blanc (Napa Valley): Think stones; stone fruit, stony minerals, & thankfully the stones to make this. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Those who love pear will find a muse in this clean-but-creamy creation. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 8, 2016

Vinted on February 8, 2016 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 Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): A ripe, juicy, displaying-its-power kind of a crown. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Robert Keenan Winery Mailbox Vineyard Reserve Merlot (Spring Mountain District): Wait for this dark, juicy fist to slowly un-flex. $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Middleton Family Wines Inconceivable Queen of Tides Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): It's conceivable you'll empty this bottle. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Donnafugata Sedara (Sicilia): Italians like to argue, but there's little serious argument to mount against serving this with pizza. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 P. J. Valckenberg Gewurztraminer (Pfalz): Need your spiced-up, slightly sweetened lychee fix? Here's a capable, steady-handed salve $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese (Veneto): Funk, smoke, and dried fruits, but in all the right amounts & in all of the right places. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Lamberti Rose Spumante (Veneto): Perennially consistent, for better & worse, but mostly for the better; fun, if not too charming. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Wittmann Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Lemon rind bite, & salty demeanor, because it shouldn't be opened for about 2 more years. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Jean-Claude Mas Cote Mas Brut (Cremant de Limoux): Withhold judgment – but not enjoyment – until you empty an entire vibrant glass $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ridgeview Cavendish Brut (England): As proper, capable, & well-behaved as Britain's finest, but not nearly as complex as her best. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
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