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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 13, 2013

Vinted on May 13, 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!

  • 08 Rudolf Furst R Centgrafenberg Spatburgunder Grosses Gewachs (Franken): Pinot centered Zen-like, to carry itself many years hence. $110 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Berlucchi Cuvee 61 Rose (Franciacorta): Sweet & savory biscuits flecked with strawberries & cherries. And Yeah, we said flecked. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 05 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District): The kind of austerity measure that we should all be getting behind. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Trapiche Iscay Syrah Viognier (Mendoza): For those who dig that everything is bigger in Texas, because everything is *bigger* here $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Trapiche Iscay Malbec Cabernet Franc (Mendoza): Rocks, silky richness, taught structure, all screaming Focus, Focus, Focus! $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trapiche Pure Malbec (Uco valley): No wood, just spicy berry that gives a respectful nod to France before partying Argentine style. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Trapiche Oak Case Pinot Noir (Mendoza): Comes on bright, smooth, strong, and smoking, and leaves just when things get interesting. $10 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Zuccardi Zeta (Uco Valley): Begrudgingly shows off grit, softness, herbs & dark fruit; for now, hanging the Do Not Disturb sign. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Zuccardi Emma Bonarda (Mendoza): Elegant Bonarda? Really? Well, this is pretty much a primer on how it ought to be done, people. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda (Santa Rosa): Hanging on to the meaty, red-plummy juiciness, and letting go of the astringent structure. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes (Salta): Long on green fields of white flowers, and on displays of soulful, energetic character. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Familia Zuccardi Aluvional La Consulta Malbec (Mendoza): Like a gaucho who once apprenticed with The World's Most Interesting Man. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Pinot Noir Rose (Russian River Valley): Cherry, peach, roses &… dang, somebody's getting serious! $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Tenuta San Guido Le Difese (Toscana): It's gonna be bright, bright – and spicy – sunshiney, pasta-with-red-meat-sauce meal… $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Mont-Redon Blanc (Chateauneuf-du-Pape): Just when it hit me somebody turned round & shouted Play that funky music whiteboy $35 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 6, 2013

Vinted on May 6, 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 Mud House Pinot Noir (Central Otago): Through a red currant, darkly. Also spicily, pith-ily, and somewhat sweet-toast-ily. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mud House South Island Pinot Gris (South Island): Toasty, friendly, and carrying melons. Like, back-up-the-truck volume of melons. $16 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mud House Waipara Riesling (Waipara): Mineral water bath, in a slate-and-flint tub, lime zest soap and can of diesel at the ready. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Grahams Twenty Year Tawny Porto (Porto): Richer than a sultan, toastier and smokier than his hookah, and silkier than his robes. $59 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Firestone Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): An entire meal here, from jammy fruit to smokey meat to a Nilla Wafer for dessert. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Firestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley): Has energy, but gets picked on by its cheaper South American cousins. $22 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Firestone Vineyard Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley): An amorphous black fruit form that eventually settles into a smokey, solid stance. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Firestone Vineyard Riesling (Santa Ynez Valley): A bit wobbly on its feet, but it is trying very hard to make friends with you. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Cuvelier Los Andes (Mendoza): If dark plums made some sort of blood sausages out of themselves in a hedonistic, cannibalistic feast $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut (Sonoma County): An orchard full of green apples, aggressively blowing bubbles at frequent intervals. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs (Carneros): Remember Cherry Jam from Strawberry Shortcake? This is like her baking high-end pastries. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gloria Ferrer VA de VI Ultra Cuvee (Sonoma County): Lemon peel, peach, and bread walk into a bar… then they get pretty wasted. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Chardonnay (Carneros): Trying to make itself look busty, but its slim and slender build is already pretty. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir (Carneros): Floral/fruity shirt with tight, taut leather pants. But moves well on the dance floor $27 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Navarro Correas Structura Ultra (Mendoza): A burly, burlesque entry buffeted by a broad, bracing, bright, and brisk denouement. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Dark cassis, toast and the depth you'd expect from vines twice as old as most of you. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kaiken Ultra Malbec (Mendoza): So chewy, meaty, big and savory, you just might think you'd been served steak in that glass. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Pence Ranch Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County): Carries a redcurrant-and-leather whip, ready and able for cattle rustlin'. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 29, 2013

Vinted on April 29, 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 Justin Isosceles (Paso Robles): Like a red wine mashup of The Simmonses, both Richard and Gene, carrying an enormous spice rack. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ferrari Rose (Trento): Frothy currents of currants, and toasty, baked pie crust; but alas, they all leave us far too soon. $37 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents (Fleurie): Baby I'm amazed at the way you pepper up my wine… ba da dada ba dada… $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse Flower Label (Pouilly-Fuisse): Peaches in brackish water, not that you'd do that, but here it works. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone (Napa Valley): Remember Lyn Cassady's concentration staring at the goat? It's kinda like that $125 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chanson Vire-Clesse (Vire-Clesse): Chardonnay with a puff of brimstone, a basket of tropical fruit and a penchant for wet stones. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Familia Deicas 1er Cru Garage Tannat (Uruguay): Viscous, earthy, and hypnotizing you with its deep, dark, black-as-night stare. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Dona Paula Seleccion de Bodega Malbec (Mendoza): Go ahead, just pour that aged balsamic all over those plums &amp; see what happens. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dona Paula Estate Malbec (Uco Valley): This kind of juiciness could supply all the Jamba Juice airport locations for several hours. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dona Paula Estate Torrontes (Cafayate): Tropically fruity, but in a nervous, tightly-wound, is-that-guy-staring-at-me? kind of way. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dona Paula Estate Chardonnay (Uco Valley): The scales of justice, freshness on one side, and broad melon richness on the other. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Dona Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Uco Valley): Pungent melons, in a bright mood, and taking a nice long stroll through the grass. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee (Mount Veeder): A sagacious sage prefers more flower &amp; less sugar, but appreciates the sage herein. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Pazo San Mauro Albarino (Rias Baixas): "She… wore… leeeeeemon…" Only imagine it sung in falsetto by Bono. Trust me, it works. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Pueblo del Sol Edicion LImitada Tannat (Uruguay): "Left me here to, die aloooone… In the middle of Tobacco Roooaaaaaaaaaaaaad…" $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Gaillard Clos de Mez (Morgon): Searching for a more serious, age-worthy Morgon than this? You'll be looking a long time. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Cotes du Rhone): Well, those bees brought plenty of flowers, honey and wax. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Colome Torrontes (Salta): A pinch of lime zest, a spritz of jasmine, and a ton of value, all tied up with a cute tropical bow. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Colome Estate Malbec (Salta): Ohhh… Sweet Tannin-Chain [sung to the tune of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" of course]. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 22, 2013

Vinted on April 22, 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!

  • 04 Ferrari Perle (Trento): So… do you like apples? How about we serve them with toast and almonds, howd'ya like them apples? $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Schloss Schonborn Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett (Rheingau): Limelight, lime bright! First lime I see tonight, ohh yeah… $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau de Bel Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux Superieur): Grilled-food ready, and evoking the gravelly subsoil from which it sprang. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Finca el Origen PHI (Vista Flores): Deliciously broad, sweetly generous, kindly willing to dry rub herbs all over your steaks. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Finca el Origen Gran Reserva Malbec (Uco Valley): Toasty smoke clears, revealing an artistic scaffolding that's built to last. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Finca el Origen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Uco Valley): Shaking off the dust of Bordeaux Superieur from its tart, lively boots. $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Finca el Origen Reserva Malbec (Uco Valley): Gritty, but fresh, showdown at the OK Corral, but with violets in the shop windows. $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Finca el Origen Reserva Torrontes (Cafayate): A pungent, floral ride with an extended grapefruit pith vs. mineral photo finish. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Finca el Origen Viognier (Uco Valley): Like a hippo ballerina, able to execute a tart, tropical pirouette practically on a dime. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Vietti Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta (Moscato d'Asti): Yeah, it's a bit cloying, but it's also so damn loveable, floral, and friendly. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 05 Bibi Graetz Colore (Toscana): Ripe and rich as they come, yet dancing happily and lithely on its own spicy, juicy, electric energy $700 A >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Red Label (Tokaji): As much orange as you'll get outside FL, as much honey as you'll get outside a hive. $43 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Bex Riesling (Mosel): A short burst of late spring and early summer, tucked neatly into a glass and served up on the cheap. $10 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Blue Fish Original Riesling (Pfalz): Might perk up a simple meal, but ultimately too simple to perk up much of your interest. $10 C+ >>find this wine<<

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