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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 14, 2014

Vinted on July 14, 2014 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 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red (Napa Valley): Ohhhhh…. I like herbs and blackberries…. I like toast and jam…. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Smokey club, dark shadows, hot jazz, strong drinks, sultry evening. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak Red (Napa Valley): Overall looking good but it's too late to hit the treadmill & shed that midriff $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Michael Mondavi Family Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Smoooooth operataaaahhhh… Smoooooooth operatahhhhh. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay (Carneros): Tasteful tale with a long, elegant ending, longer than the admission price would suggest. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Not all the characters will make it out of this darkly complex tale alive. $135 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Encapsulating all that's right about NV SB, jettisoning everything that ain't. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Malbec (Napa Valley): Big, but not letting go of its tastefully dusty, mineral, or tangy prettiness. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot (Napa Valley): Molding itself out of earthy clay with gorgeous, iron-like and plummy intensity. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): The crown is a heavy one, & laden with dark fruited jewels. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 7, 2014

Vinted on July 7, 2014 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 Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Not exactly lovely, but it's mete-ring out rich berry fruit & 'maid' to please. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Like an abstract painting of a field, it's green in all the right places. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Longoria Tempranillo (Santa Ynez Valley): Well, it most definitely has got 'em, and it most definitely is smoking 'em, too. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Poised to please, & to grow on you; the pleasure increases as the night goes on $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Rose Wine (Sonoma Coast): Somehow, paradoxically, both somewhat reserved & ostentatious at the same time. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): A bit too much showy jewelry and makeup, but a very pretty lady nonetheless. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Deliciously, tastefully, crowd-pleasingly in the Now, & seems quite happy about it $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Merryvale St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Tough for Cab to smell any purer, just needs a spring in its step. $95 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Muscles will be flexed, dried herbs smelled, & jam devoured. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): About the only things missing from this tropical scene are the beach & the coconut tree $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Lallier Premier Cru Rose (Champagne): Well-bred, intelligent rich kid cranberries with unspoiled, down-to-earth, spunky attitudes. $44 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Soho McQueen Pinot Noir (Central Otago): A slight misnomer; it's big, but much more nuanced than its Hollywood tough-guy namesake. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 30, 2014

Vinted on June 30, 2014 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 Domaine Gerard Millet Sancerre Rose (Sancerre): Days of wine & roses, in this case mostly roses, & elegant, pithy ones at that. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Vitiano Verdicchio Vermentino (Umbria): Add "vivacious" and "vibrant" to the list of Vs in this series of vinous consonance. $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Mauricio Lorca Angel's Reserve Torrontes (La Rioja): The angels reserved a massive bouquet of fragrant white flowers, apparently. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Zenato Amarone Classico (Amarone della Valpolicella): Flexing into a complicated, terse, & glossy Mr. Universe competition pose. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Merryvale Profile (Napa Valley): Why am I daydreaming about everything being constructed from extremely expensive, high-end silk? $165 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Old York Cellars Syrah (New Jersey): The toast is aggressive and thickly solid, but so is the earthiness, and so is the effort. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine Bousquet Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Rose (Tupungato Valley): If you can get past bouts of sweet talk, it's enjoyable company $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rose (Cotes du Rhone): The wheels on the red berries – & surprisingly, the finish – go 'round & 'round. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Domaine Zinck Brut (Cremant d'Alsace): Low on complexity; very high on lively-drink-for-the-deck-watching-a-sunset deliciousness. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lioco Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains): So, we just stumbled into the potpourri section of the department store. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lioco Estero Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Me gusto, with gusto; creamy, lithe, versatile & cozy like your fave comfort food. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
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