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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 4, 2016

Vinted on January 4, 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 Rock Wall Wine Company Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Minerality puts on its sexy date night clothes. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee Brut Late-Disgorged (Carneros): Pay attention, total gorgeousness just strutted right into the room! $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Rock Wall Wine Company Jack’s Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley): Grippy, juicy, minty, spicy, inky… oh, & honestly authentic. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rock Wall Wine Company Teroldego (Yolo County): Northen Italian sets up shop in CA, loses none of his geeky, traditional charm. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rock Wall Wine Company Jesse’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County): Reds this powerful just aren’t often this damn good. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Salton Intenso Brut (Serra Gaucha, Brazil): Intense it is not; tasty, vibrant, refreshing, and food-capable, it certainly is. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee-&-spices-dipped, silky benchmark continues its uninterrupted streak at being a benchmark. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bonny Doon Vineyard Cinsaut Counoise (California): The word “lovely” will appear in your thoughts about 400 times while sipping. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bodegas Cepa 21 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero): Chest, meet Hair. Hair, meet chest. Smoked BBQ, meet a capable dining match. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Faire La Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut (Cremant de Limoux): Brings tasty baked apple to the party; also, brings the entire party. $20 B >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 28, 2015

Vinted on December 28, 2015 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!

  • 07 Peter Jakob Kuhn Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Auslese (Rheingau): 375ml of concentrated, lively, mind-blowing citric loveliness. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Giovanni Menti Riva Arsiglia (Gambellara Classico): So… this is the white wine equivalent of the crazy-haired science teacher. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio Verduzzo (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Not too full of itself, but definitely full of engaging personality. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pina Napa Valley Wolff Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville): Spice box is the name of the game, and it's playing it very well. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mark West Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Juicy berry fruit that still has some fresh garden dirt on it. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Like a Late Baroque tune, energetic and fun but never really losing its sense of refinement. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Duval-Leroy Rose Prestige Premier Cru Brut (Champagne): Now bring us some figgy pudding… actually, just bring us some of this. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Cotes du Rhone): Fruity, funky, fresh, friendly, andjust fastidiously impossible to dislike. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rouge (Cotes du Rhone): Putting on a clinic of throwin' peppery punches well above one's pay grade. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ponzi Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): With all that cranberry and pepper, you'll think someone set the clock back to Thanksgiving. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 21, 2015

Vinted on December 21, 2015 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 Maryhill Winery Viognier (Columbia Valley): Switch this juicy, rich one up on the Chardonnay drinkers when they aren't looking. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Density that's best cracked by restraint, or a crap-ton of air. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Why does Fall make wine geeks pine for Gewurz? Sniff this spicy number & you'll understand. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose (Coastal Region): Having a lovely day? Popping this will increase the loveliness percentage. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pina Napa Valley Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): Like 'em spicy? U'll wanna spend LOTS of time in this kitchen $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pina Napa Valley Ames Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): As usual, the velvety side of the Valley; & also, the funkaay side. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trivento Eolo Malbec (Lujan de Cuyo): Look past the rough edges of the hard marble, to imagine the artful statue captured within. $79 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Barone Pizzini Naturae Franciacorta (Franciacorta): Pucker up, buttercup; this'll cut through fatty foods like a sharpened rapier. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Rose (Franciacorta): Its wit is sharp, its spice bowl is generous, & its fruit bowl even more so. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cusumano Sagana Nero d'Avola (Sicilia): Modernly tailored in plush fabric & sharp trim, but sporting touches that evoke tradition. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 14, 2015

Vinted on December 14, 2015 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 Ventana Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco): Herbal to start, supple to end, but it's punching just a tad below its weight class. $30 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Clayhouse Vineyard Red Cedar Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Ultimately, it's all about juicy fun, and it's ready to roll right now. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Middleton Family Wines Inconceivable Queen of Tides Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Worth conceiving a sip of its toasty elegance $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Like the independent art house film that totally beguiled you. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch): A study in pleasing contradictions, just like its gorgeous place of birth. $39 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Blandys Alvada Rich 5 Year Old Madeira (Madeira): Not entirely sure of its nutty, vibrant self; but it has little to worry about. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Open, wait for funk to blow off, then indulge in deliciousness. $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV La Valle Primum Brut (Franciacorta): By Jove! I say, good man, be a good sport & hurry up & toast the almonds! Toast the almonds! $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Wente Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc (Livermore Valley – San Francisco Bay): Fun – & deceptively gulp-able – guava and melon grass. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Crooked Vine Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): Peel away those ripe plums, & smiling, tart red fruits will greet you. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
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