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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 10, 2013

Vinted on June 10, 2013 under 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 Coppo La Rocca Gavi (Gavi): Warning, objects in bottle are fresher & tastier than they appear. Particularly during the Summer. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Max's Garden Shiraz (Heathcote): For those who jam on tart black cherry jam, but also have minerality as their jam. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Harry & Edward's Garden Shiraz (Langhorne Creek): Decadent as a Death By Licorice (& huge, sweet fruit) dessert offering $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Sophie's Garden Shiraz (Padthaway): A bear hug from a eucalyptus Ent, after he's devoured huge handfuls of blackberries. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz (Clare Valley): If big Aussie Shiraz can be called classic, here's a standard-bearer candidate. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Lilly's Garden Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Don't say she never gave you anything, 'cause the black cherries flow non-stop. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz (Barossa Valley): The lady likes to eat meat. And wear silk. And she likes it a little hot, too. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Plantagenet Mount Barker Riesling (Mount Barker): Delivers like a fleet of UPS trucks, only with less diesel & a lot more limes. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Sbragia Ginos Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Well now, *that's* a spicy – & rich, & dark, & fleshy, & lush – meatball! $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Sbragia La Promessa Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): This Zin is Godzilla, and your liver is Japan. Prepare for destruction, mortal! $35 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Weingut Wittmann Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Riesling buffs up, gets a tan, hits the beach and generally impresses the ladies. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Uproot Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): He ain't heavy, he's my tropical-fruit-brother. Ok, maybe he is actually a little bit heavy. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vina Amalia Reserva Single Vineyard Malbec (Valle de Uco): What freshness awaits at the end of this earthy, floral valley? A lot. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 3, 2013

Vinted on June 3, 2013 under 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!

  • 10 Venteux Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Like finding a succulent, award-winning tomato at the rustic county fair. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Robert Hall Winery Merlot (Paso Robles): Pruney & dark, but also herbal & fresh, & pretty damn easy on the checking account. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 L'Adventure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): The dusty power will pack a wallop, but it also gives a floral peace offering $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Chateau Margene Beau Melange (Paso Robles): Bringing artisanal coffee and tea to the big diner party, because it insists on it. $175 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Mooney Family Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Peppery, fresh, savory & bright; honestly, what else do you need? $64 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kieran Robinson Le Voyageur Syrah (Bennett Valley): Vibrantly alive, professing truth, & dispensing wisdom with zen-like honesty. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Kieran Robinson Vivio Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley): We got the meeeeat, we got the meeeat, we got the meeeat, yeah, we got it! $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Murrieta's Well The Whip (Livermore Valley): Smells like a stunning floral bouquet, it's about as stunning of a value, too. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Egalite Cremant de Bourgogne (Cremant de Bourgogne): Toasting a worthy cause with a toast that's chock full of… toastiness! $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva (Rioja): Can spiciness be profound? This is certainly trying to make a case for Yes. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Understated, but with seductive powers that are not to be underestimated. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Signature Valley richness + mineral zing = please-sir-may-I-have-another-thanks. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Too ripe? Maybe, but just try keeping your friends' hands off of it $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A bit awkward now, but just wait until it grows into that toasty oak suit $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pazos de Lusca Zios Albarino (Rias Baixas): Chomping at the tropical bit, snarling lemon zest & ready to bolt right out of the gate $17 B >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 27, 2013

Vinted on May 27, 2013 under 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!

  • 10 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juggling lean-&-green with rich-&-toasty; isn't quite ready to show its best act. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Sequoia Grove Cambium (Napa Valley): Comfortably sexy & confident, probably has an awesome tattoo that it won't show you yet. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Exercising enough restraint to put *just* the right amount of frosting on the cake. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaines Paul Mas Single Vineyard Collection G.S.M. (Coteaux du Languedoc): Meat, meet berries; berries, met stones; U, meet tasty. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaines Paul Mas Single Vineyard Collection Picpoul de Pinet (Coteaux du Languedoc): A rush of citrus – & gravel – to the head. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Casa Montes Alzamora Merlot (San Juan): Ok, so clay-stained blueberries, olives & plums drizzled in balsamic can, in fact, be sexy $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Casa Montes Alzamora Syrah (San Juan): Lean beef, rich spiced plums on elegant dinner ware, for the price of Old Country Buffet. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Don Balthazar Cabernet Franc (San Juan): Green herbs on the one hand, savory fruits on the other, & a little bit of soul in between $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ampakama Intenso Malbec (San Juan): Pulls you by leather leash leash right over next to the cooking happening on the hot BBQ pit. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ampakama Syrah (San Juan): Juiciness that runs off your cheek, down the side of your arms, and eventually gets your sleeves dusty. $9 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ampakama Malbec (San Juan): Comes in for smoked meat & red plums dinner, makes interesting conversation, leaves a bit too early. $9 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ampakama Viognier (San Juan): High-end hotel lobby's complimentary lemon-water meets the hotel bar's best-selling party drink. $9 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Hestia Chenin Blanc (Columbia Valley): Friendly with the flowers; probably too friendly, actually, but makes for energetic company. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rocca GrigsbyVineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Dressed-up, spiced-up, pumped-up & amped-up intro to a deep & dark night. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rocca Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Maybe a little too much of a chocolaty, toasty, decadent good thing. $85 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 20, 2013

Vinted on May 20, 2013 under 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!

  • 10 Tendril White Label Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Inching its way towards spicy awesomeness, should really bloom in 5 or 6 years $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Euclid Sierra Foothills Syrah (Sierra Foothills): Not afraid of exploring the feminine side underneath the manly, smoky exterior. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Z'ivo Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills): Juicy wild cherry, slathering itself in spices as it admires its own sexy-thang-ness. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cloudburst Chardonnay (Margaret River): Like plugging into the Death Star's power generator, if made of lemon curd & stone fruit $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Altos Las Hormigas Terroir Malbec (Uco Valley): Argentina's silkiness + France's peppery spice and flowers = our crowd-pleaser. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Altos Las Hormigas Reserva Malbec (Mendoza): A well-lit view of a peppery, chalky and deep dig into their mysterious bit of earth. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Nieto Senetiner Cadus Finca Villa Blanca Malbec (Mendoza): From 100 yr old vines, this gaucho has far to ride & ain't in a hurry. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Nieto Senetiner Malbec (Mendoza): High volume, high on the oak, but high on the quality, age-ability, likeability & nods to France $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Chardonnay Viognier (Mendoza): Starts with honeydew, fnishes with grapefruit, cleans up along the way. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 06 O Fournier Syrah Cabernet (Uco Valley): Kind of like artisanal Spanish tailoring on some high-end South American threads. $95 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 06 O Fournier Alfa Crux Red (Uco Valley): Savory, herbal, meaty Malbec meal served up on stylish and elegant earthen dishware. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 O Fournier Urban Uco Torrontes (Cafayate): Floral, pithy, rich, structured, and coming to the rescue of your wine spending account $10 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 O Fournier B Crux Red (Mendoza): Leatehr-clad dark and light berries, duking it out over a span of austere, flower-laden territory $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 O Fournier Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo (Uco Valley): Sweet, plummy, and a little forward, but underestimate it & you'll regret it. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 O Fournier B Crux Sauvignon Blanc (Uco Valley): Melons & hay; also, about as sexy and heady as a passionate roll in that hay. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<

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