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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For February 20, 2012

Vinted on February 20, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Halter Ranch Ancestor Estate Reserve (Paso Robles): Black cherry dominatrix brandishing dual whips; one leather & one licorice. $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Wagner Vineyards Riesling Dry (Finger Lakes): Citrus, pear, stone & tenacious drive to totally out-awesome its modest price point. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red (Barossa): Shiraz, Cab & Merlot puzzle pieces trying but just not quite all fitting together. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 V. Sattui Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Howell Mountain): Pepper, plums, power, passion & (alas) very small production. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes): Packing lilting meringue finish that will stop sometime after the 2012 Bord’x grapes get harvested. $93 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Tour Blanche (Sauternes): Peach, apricot, toasted nuts & Godzilla levels of pure sugar (not to mention Wow factor). $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Guiraud (Sauternes): Emphasizing the secondary action (coconut, yest, honey, vinyl), & to damn fine effect at that. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Doisy Daene (Barsac): Pack your toothbrush, ’cause you’re definitely gonna need it after this jaunt to central honey town. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau De Fargues (Sauternes): Classic – nuts & honey meets citrus, yeast, & enough sugar to bury a small island nation. $165 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Climens (Barsac): A lovely, soft-spoken, dancing ballerina that probably moonlights as a sexy, elegant ninja assassin. $115 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Ormes De Pez (Saint-Estephe): Terse & tense, tart & supple, red & black, & not at all caring if you’re impressed (or not). $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau De Pez (Saint-Estephe): Offering smoked meat that’s serious, as in 3-piece-suit-in-a-solemn-board-room-meeting serious. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Pepper Bridge Trine (Walla Walla): Complex but probably only meant for the 1 time every few yrs U have steak w/ a coffee reduction $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Reserve (Alsace): High-jumping lychee & limes that land a bit awkwardly once they come back down. $19 B- >>find this wine>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For February 13, 2012

Vinted on February 13, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • Chateau Pinchon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande (Pauillac): Pass the steak; meaty, refined, elegant, spicy, & basically unaffordable $210 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville (Pauillac): Steal away w/ it while it whispers to you about its flowers $144 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lynch-Bages (Pauillac): Getting down low in a good way (except in price); with graphite, spice & earthy, sour red fruits. $165 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Leoville Barton (Saint-Julien): Stately butler of a wine wants to accompany your finest dinner; & it’s bringing licorice. $110 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lagrange (Saint-Julien): Spicy, gorgeous, seductive red (fruits)-head; & you know what they sometimes say about red-heads. $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gruaud Larose (Saint-Julien): A fine, pretty picnic spoiled at the end by a thunderstorm. In this case, it’s a funk storm. $85 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beychevelle (Saint-Julien): Spicy, juicy, chewy blackcurrants, chocolate & coffee join in chorus to Styx’s Come Sail Away. $95 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • Chateau Giscours (Margaux): Sometimes sweet, straightforward red fruits can lead to a potentially serious case of buyer’s remorse. $70 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gazin (Pomerol): Like a caramelized Brussels sprout, but it’s exquisitely prepared by a determined, undefeated Iron Chef. $90 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Soutard (Saint-Emilion): Bucking recent trend of Bordx overcharged under-delivery; but you’d better be into black cherry. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Dominique (Saint-Emilion): Painted in dark chalk, and a work that may never really reach a amicable resolution. $49 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Grand Mayne (Saint-Emilion): Every drop has a message, & that message reads as follows – DAMN STRAIGHT I AM A BIG BOY NOW. $44 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Figeac (St. Émilion): This train has left truffle station & is now bound for glory. Will soften up after our Sun explodes. $250 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Saint-Emilion): Made off with just about all of the leather and cigars from the Old Boys’ Club. $96 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Saint-Emilion): Bright, sexy, tart, fun, elegant, down-to-earth, & in search of mushrooms for dinner. $70 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Pessac-Leognan): A dark, chalky grip that is well prepared to squeeze you firmly into submission. $115 B+ >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 4, 2012

Vinted on February 4, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Promising glimmer in a blackcurrant, graphite & herbal eye. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Toast more like char, but strawberries & spice more like heaven. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Hopper Creek Winery Merlot (Napa Valley): Maraschino cherries, chocolates, herbs & a lingering, shadowy sense of malaise. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Cantine Maschio Cadoro Moscato (Moscato Spumante): She is most definitely *not* leaving the bar alone after closing time. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Leognan): Just as fresh, lively, juicy and inviting as the ripe plummy fruits that it evokes. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Haut-Bailly (Pessac-Leognan): Such intense, lovely red & black fruit; and such intense, un-lovely, funky-a** stank. $150 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Pape Clement (Pessac-Leognan): I shouldn’t feel cheated by all the plum, chalk, flowers & big tannins; but, well, I do. $150 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Pape Clement Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Milk, honey, & apricots priced for insanely rich fashion designers & biz moguls. $150 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Louviere Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Floral & pretty as a cute woman in a spring dress (carrying baskets of tropical fruit) $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau De Fieuzal Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Offers some smoke, a little vinyl, a lot of cream & pure extract of total seduction. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Any more austere than this & it would have to be a statue (& a v. pretty one at that) $90 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Mouthful of citrus, melon & total gorgeousness; only the patient need apply here, tho. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Flintier than a revolver, but one wonders if all the chambers were totally filled. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Jack Black of SA Cab; in yer face but belying way more depth & complexity than you’d expect $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Anoro Chardonnay (Mendoza): Mountain fruit knocked slightly off its peachy balance by its own oak clogs during the long trip down. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Martellotto Cellars Let The People Decide Red (Santa Barbara): Smokier than just about any backroom at a 1960s political convention $24 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For January 28, 2012

Vinted on January 28, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Undone Dry Riesling (Rheinhessen): Lemon, lychee and lime, enjoy social gatherings, available now and looking for a good time. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV J Vineyards Brut Rose (Russian Ricer Valley): Cherries on leisurely citrus peel ride down rosewater stream; ok, cheesy but it fits! $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Henrys Drive Reserve Shiraz (Padthaway): Tithe paid in spices & tangy red fruit makes ample amends for transgression of enormity. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling (Clare Valley): Lemon & lime fully suited, engines revving, w/ pit crew carrying extra cans of petrol $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Tahbilk Shiraz (Nagambie Lakes): Delivering big, luxurious Godiva-chocolaty Shiraz flavor at more of a Whitmans Sampler box price. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz (Grampians): A Zoro of an Aussie red, dazzling you & then riding off with your horse (& your wife) $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Trattore Estate Diamond Tread Red (Dry Creek Valley): Leaves a trail of rustic, spicy, bright fruit thats easy to follow (& drink) $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Serve to your Chardonnay-snob friends, sit back & watch the ensuing sparks fly. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red (Barossa): Simultaneously enlightening & ass-kicking, like Neo sparring w/ Morpheus in The Matrix. $27 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Eden Road Wines Gundagai Shiraz (Canberra): Enough bright red fruit, pepper & minerals to pass for hipster from the Rhone. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Theres a word for this, & that word is lovely (followed by food-friendly). $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling (Margaret River): Steely & almost standoffish; wants you to come back, just not for 3 or 4 yrs. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schild Estate Sparkling Shiraz (Barossa): A dark-berry, smoked-meat… samosa?!? Yeah, well… I was pleasantly shocked, too. $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michel Torino Don David Malbec Reserve (Calchaqui Valley): Too toasty; but it brought spices and flowers, which was thoughtful. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Blackcurrant hand in a leather glove, its grip slowly crushing your fingers. $75 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Standing Stone Vineyards Riesling (Finger Lakes): Gives you apples, pears & a serious longing for more complex German Riesling. $13 C+ >>find this wine>>

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