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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 22, 2018

Vinted on January 22, 2018 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!

  • 16 Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr Riesling Rosacker (Alsace Grand Cru): Above all else, freshness reigns here; and citrus sits beside it on the throne. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr Riesling Rosacker (Alsace Grand Cru): A basket full of apricots and flowers, with an extra of lemon candy for later. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Eblin-Fuchs Riesling Rosacker (Alsace Grand Cru): High-wire act tension, at once tightly wound and expressively elegant. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Agape Riesling Rosacker Grand Cru (Alsace): Gorgeous, linear, and chock full of enough minerals to nearly fill an ancient buried cavern. $46 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Agape Riesling Rosacker Grand Cru (Alsace): About as electric and energetic as such a vintage could provide; those tropical & stone fruits are lightly salted, too. $46 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 LaJota Vineyard Co. Howell Mountain Estate Merlot (Napa Valley): A spirited game, played with both a sense of joy and the focus of a well-experienced master of the sport. $80 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cornerstone Cellars Benchland Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like a great metal concert; a talented assault on many of the senses, asking and taking no quarter. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Just about equal portions of brightness, earthiness, refinement, and refreshingly accessible affordability. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Troon White Family Vineyard Kubli Bench Blanc (Applegate Valley): Both Rhone-ish and Roguish, and both of those in both thoroughly lovable ways. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Juve & Camps Pinot Noir Brut Rose (Cava): Not condoning violence here, but anyone who hates on Cava needs to be hit upside the head with a half-open bottle of this. Theoretically, of course. $15 B >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 15, 2018

Vinted on January 15, 2018 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!

  • 16 Fields Family Wines Vermentino (Lodi): Close enough to Italy to almost be sporting a sexy, sing-songy accent. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel Stampede Vineyard (Clements Hills): Apparently, they forgot to add 20 bucks to the price-point. Buy it before they remember!! $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): Red fruits that were, apparently, grown in a garden tended directly by angels. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec (North Coast): True to form, and an open bottle will be a quick hit at a party, even if it's not the most intellectually stimulating of guests. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Quintessa Illumination Sauvignon Blanc (Napa County, Sonoma County): Remains a rich, textured, and complex tapestry that manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A pleasure hedonistic and guilty enough that it'll probably make you feel as if you had actually made a deal with the devil. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cadaretta Syrah (Columbia Valley): there's just soooooo much to like here; and there's just soooooo much oak here… $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut (Champagne): It's a rare thing, to encounter something as in near-perfect sipping shape as this esteemed little number. $70 A >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco (Champagne): Don't let the kitsch turn you off; what's in the bottle overcompensates for it in a fashion as dramatic as its artistic period namesake. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Palomino Sherry (Jerez): Operating smoothly enough to make the protagonists of Sade hit singles green with envy. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 8, 2018

Vinted on January 8, 2018 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 Cadaretta Southwind Red Blend (Walla Walla): Slicker than a set of silk sheets whisked with petroleum jelly. If you're into that sort of thing. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dierberg Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara): Sunny CA fruit meets & Bordeaux-like bramble & herbs working together like Sonic & Tail. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Fields Family Wines Delu Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Lodi): Apparently, we needed to add yet another grape to the long list of varieties that Lodi can deliver on point. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Crystalline in appearance, presentation, execution, mind, body, soul, and maybe some other aspects that science hasn't discovered yet, too. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pascal Granger Chenas Aux Pierres (Chenas): Earthy, spicy, gulp-able red fruit goodness at a thoroughly gulp-able price-point. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Louis Cheze Condrieu Pagus Luminis (Condrieu): This is dreamier than a pop star under the spotlight nailing a ballad during a prime-time Grammys performance. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Bodegas Delgado Zuleta Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Jeres): Basically, it's whispering all sweet nothings, but some nights that's all that you really need. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 San Marzano Anniversario 62 Riserva (Primitivo di Manduria): Primitivo that's neither primitive nor shallow; but bring your Popeye forearms for that big-ass bottle! $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Post Scriptum de Chryseia (Douro): Chewy, spicy, determined, and in search of a flank steak entree. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham's Six Grapes River Quintas Special Edition Reserve Port (Porto): Kind of like Vintage Port, only without the wait, & with a 40% discount. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 1, 2018

Vinted on January 1, 2018 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 CUNE Gran Reserva (Rioja): The mark is hit, but here's fair warning – the arrows used are broadheads, and made with some rather thick oak. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Vina Real Reserva (Rioja): Pretty much all of the vivacity, spice, and tasty-chewy dark cherry fruit that you could reasonably be asked to handle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rose (Cava): Bold declarations, along with surprising depth & concentration, from the oft-underappreciated Barcelona native. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gran Moraine Brut Rose (Yamhill-Carlton): Wait a minute, what? You mean we're not in Champagne? Because I could have sworn we were in Champagne just then… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sometimes, it's just obvious why standard-bears bear the standard. This is definitely one of those times, folks. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc (Oakville): What can a lot of loving attention do to NV CF? It can make it thoroughly kick ass, that's what it can do. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juuuuuuuuust about perfecting the balance between bold power and spicy, textured elegance. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): The High Bridge just keeps reaching new heights – & adding smidgens of delicious Cab Franc… $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir (Paredones): On point, for sure, though not totally sure of itself perhaps. Though I am totally sure that you'll want salmon with it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brancaia ILATRAIA Maremma Rosso (Toscana): Don't get distracted by the showy outfit this is wearing; what's underneath contains layers of intrigue & depth of character. $70 A >>find this wine<<
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