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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 21, 2012

Vinted on May 21, 2012 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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!

  • 02 Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): 10 yrs on & this spicy, inky, gritty wonder is still tightly wound? Yep! $32 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Jim Barry Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): A rich, licorice-filled game is being played (its name is "vibrancy"). $75 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Knappstein Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Big, dark, plummy fruit that’s gingerly (& overachieving-ly) tending a mint garden. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): A zealous dance of oak and ripe dark blue fruits, with the oak obviously leading. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Mitchell McNicol Shiraz (Clare Valley): Not afraid to pair herbs with cedar & silky blue plums; we should all be so bold sometimes $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Taylors St Andrews Shiraz (Clare Valley): Get past the oak & U will lose yourself in dark cloaks of brooding, plummy yumminess. $53 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Caves de Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay (Macon-Lugny): Peaches & cream, along with a few generous spritzes of lemon, lime and grit. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Kilikanoon Morts Reserve Riesling (Clare Valley): All grown up into an assertive, nutty, rich, fruity & strapping young man. $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Taylors St Andrews Riesling (Clare Valley): Fleshy, chalky, floral & serving up texture tailor made for those who love the big boys $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jim Barry The Florita Riesling (Clare Valley): Tightly wound limes, served up any way you can imagine on a plate of pure slate. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Kilikanoon Morts Reserve Riesling (Clare Valley): Age this quince-filled puppy, because that acid backbone has bark *and* bite. B+ $35 >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Parallel Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): She’s curvy, & has a sweet tooth no doubt; she’s also bright, spicy & fun to be around $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Parallel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The driveway is gravelly, lined with blue- & blackberries, & leads to a mansion $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Les Clos de Paulilles Banyuls rimage (Banyuls): We likes it, precious, the chocolatesssss, but it burnssssss usssssss, precious!!! $20 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut (Champagne): Still just a peach, brioche & apples baby, looking for a decade more of quiet rest. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Unexpected juxtaposition of OR nose & CA mouthfeel, but it works wonderfully. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 14, 2012

Vinted on May 14, 2012 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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 The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey Cabernet Franc (CO): Bigger than the CO mountain skyline & w/ that anise, damn nearly as pretty. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Infinite Monkey Theorem Riesling (Colorado): finite amounts of flowers, citrus & stony fruits, but all of them are pretty damn good $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Septembre Cellars Chardonnay (Grand Valley): Attention to detail pays off; this case in loveliness, balance & appetite-generation $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ruby Trust Cellars Gun Slinger (Grand Valley): Not shy about slinging ripe red & black Syrah fruit your way, & at high velocities. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ruby Trust Cellars The Smuggler (Grand Valley): Drop-kick to the face of peppery red fruited goodness (hurts, but hurts good). $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Guy Drew Vineyards Pinot Gris (Colorado): "Stunning achievement" come to mind; will be even more stunning if he can do it again. $16 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Grande River Vineyards Viognier (Grand Valley): Crisp as that mountain stream that Coors likes to brag about (& more minerally too) $16 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 7, 2012

Vinted on May 7, 2012 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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!

  • 09 Garfield Estates Syrah (Grand Valley): Acting more Rhone-like than 1/2 the Rhone producers I’ve tasted (for about 1/2 the coin too) $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Garfield Estates Vin Rose (Grand Valley): Who brought this Loire guy to the American Midwest? Because I really need to thank him. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Garfield Estates S2 (Grand Valley): Tropical fruits meet lanolin & go for a smooth mouthfeel ride that’s also smooth on your wallet $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia (Bolgheri): Tight as a drum now, eventually will play U a complex, meaty, vibrant, spicy symphony. $215 A >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Canyon Wind IV (Grand Valley): Svelte, assertive, complex & ready to stand toe-to-toe (in boots) w/ high-end Napa, WA & Chile. $100 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Canyon Wind Petit Verdot (Grand Valley): Digs in the dirt, finds tasty game w/ side of currants & a LOT of pepper to shake on it. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Anemoi Boreas (Grand Valley): Bordeaux comes to Colorado, brings nutmeg & then adopts boots, cowboy hat, & a heap of true grit. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Canyon Wind 47 Ten (Grand Valley): Rose of Merlot that’s actually lively & a touch serious (in other words, it’s actually *good*). $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stone Cottage Cellars Chardonnay (West Elks): Apples & apricots now loudly announcing themselves as your scallop ceviche’s new BFFs $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stone Cottage Cellars Gewurztraminer (West Elks): Lychee, lime zest & acids with the vibrant brilliance of a neutrino star. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Colterris Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Valley): Spicy, tangy, he brought flowers (he also wanted to get a little hot & heavy too soon) $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Whitewater Hill Vineyards Riesling Icewine (Grand Valley): Sporting fruit purity that would make its Canadian counterparts blush. $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Guy Drew Vineyards Russell Vineyard Riesling (Montezuma County): Apples & lemon grass hiking to 6800 ft & still looking bright-eyed $16 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 30, 2012

Vinted on April 30, 2012 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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!

  • 09 Saintsbury Garnet Pinot Noir (Carneros): Raspberries are in the sage brush, along with a bushel of oak sticks; time to pick! $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Saintsbury Chardonnay Unfiltered (Carneros): Lively dance, but fat lady is starting to sing when it comes to those melon fruits. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Evening Land Tempest Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Lay it down for 6 years, then invite me over after opening it, please. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Sanford And Benedict Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Peter Piper picked a peck of pithy peppery pulchritudinous strawberries $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bent Rock Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Apples, apricots & cream, all washed clean in a crystal-clear spring water stream. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Sanford And Benedict Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Chardonnay as stunningly good-looking super-hero for food, cape & all. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Hirsch Vineyards Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Red berry compote went out for tea & brought back a bag full of awesome $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Hirsch Vineyards Bohan Dillon Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Attn! Herbs, citrus rind & minerals now pulling into strawberry central! $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Hirsch Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Refreshing as meeting up with a frozen fruit-&-creamcicle in the Sahara. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Like your favorite X-mas party, spiced foods & all, condensed into a glass. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Richly but not ostentatiously adorned; let’s go with "flamboyantly reserved!" $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cobb Rice Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Where cranberry, earth & herbs go when they wanna get all dressed up & fancy. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chappellet Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Peaches, apples, nutmeg & electric verve; plug in, & serve up with braised chicken & potatoes $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): So unapologetic & bold, it could have been sculpted by Marcel Duchamp. $49 B+ >>find this wine>>

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