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

Vinted on May 27, 2013 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!

  • 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 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!

  • 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<<

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

Vinted on May 13, 2013 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!

  • 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 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!

  • 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<<

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