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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 26, 2012

Vinted on March 26, 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!

  • 09 Hanna Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Like bringing freshly cut honeydew melon to a Spring picnic on that freshly cut lawn. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Zonin Prosecco (Prosecco): Simple, but when it comes to refreshment sometimes simple is all that you really need, isn’t it? $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Antoniolo Gattinara Classico (Gattinara): Grippy, complex, serious, & embattled by inner demons about its seductively dark powers. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Antoniolo Gattinara Le Castelle (Gattinara): Leather, clay, red fruit & more life to it than Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Classico (Carema): More shroom than barnyard, more cherry than veggies, more stunning than not. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vallana Campi Raudii (Piedmont): Nebbiolo’s brighter side, which still means tar & earth, but screaming for pasta in a meat sauce. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Odilio Antoniotti Bramaterra (Bramaterra): Red berries & orange rind shining through mucky earth, kind of like stars in a night sky $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vinedos Aurora Petite Sirah (Lodi): PS gets a dusty, floral, plummy stand-alone treatment, & then ably stands right on its own. $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fields Syrah (Lodi): Gamey, funky, bright & structured? Or lush & sexy? In this case, there isn’t a mutually-exclusive Yes answer! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 m2 Soucie Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Sporting a rustic authenticity that many like to talk about but few really deliver. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 McCay Cellars Contention Zinfandel (Lodi): Things haven’t been this sultry & complex since Gene Tierney was on the big screen. $64 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 McCay Cellars Jupiter Zinfandel (Lodi): Dares you into its funky, brooding, chewy staring contest (& beats you handily at it too). $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 McCay Cellars Paisley Red (Lodi): Ought to be a kitchen sink, but ends up spicily greater than the sum of its spicy, herbal parts. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 m2 Tempest Tempranillo (Lodi): This funky date starts with leather & chocolate & ends with tobacco smoke (& probably you smiling). $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bokisch Graciano (Mokelumne River): Hey, who took this lovely little piece of Spain & transported it to Lodi’s volcanic soils? $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Bokisch Verdelho Vista Luna Vineyard (Borden Ranch): The whole tasty tropical fruit; skin, flowers & rocky soil in which it grew. $16 B >>find this wine>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 19, 2012

Vinted on March 19, 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!

  • 11 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Rich, but agile & fun; like if the Kool Aid Man was made out of grapefruits. Oh Yeah! $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Passion for passion fruit & lip-smacking lemon will be rewarded (so will yer wallet) $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Andriano Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige): Tropical finish longer than the fishing line used to catch what you should be pairing it with. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Wairau River Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Both delicate & gamey; which is much tastier in practice than it might sound in principle. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Brancott Estate Pinot Noir (Marlborough): A shot of juicy, fruity love that’s tailor-made (& tailor-priced) for the picnic table. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard (Napa Valley): Classic structure sporting a grab-a-Snickers-we-R-not-going-anywhere-dude look $155 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse La Mekerra Vineyard (Knights Valley): Muscular but feminine/young; an Olympic swimmer who hasn’t yet hit her prime. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Macchia Outrageous Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Will put hair on your chest; & probably on chests of those standing nearby as well. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Viscous but not vicious, big but not too bold, smokey but… smokey. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Harney Lane Old Vine Lizzy Jane Zinfandel (Lodi): 100+ yr old vines, sporting more leather & asphalt than a Harley Davidson rally. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Harney Lane Chardonnay (Lodi): Your friends who only ever drink creamy Chard will dig this; but the main thing is, so will *you*. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Harney Lane Albarino (Lodi): Crowd-pleasingly worthy of a southern Spanish picnic outing; going tropical, & oh-so-proud of it. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse Le Chatelet Grand Cru (Saint Emilion): Intriguing, graceful tension; ballet dancers trying a difficult move on stage $125 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Has bite, but also a lot of bark; in this case, a tasty, spicy, chocolate-anise bark. $52 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes (Volnay): Earthy, full of red cherry & already loves whatever fish you’re having for dinner $29 B >>find this wine>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 12, 2012

Vinted on March 12, 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!

  • 08 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): It’s painted with the lush brush, and the result is big but certainly artistic. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Breggo Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley): Sort of like a killer Mai Tai, only prettier, more elegant, & a hell of a lot more complex. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Langlois-Chateau Cremant de Loire Brut (Loire): As if we’d liquified a slice of toasted pear-&-almond bread; in spirit, I mean. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mt. Beautiful Cheviot Hills Pinot Noir (Cheviot Hills): A peppery, pithy, floral, ripe berry shot across the Pinot world’s QPR bow $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 De Loach Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Lip-smacking red berry compote, gutt-slapping amount of “round in the middle.” $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Fleur De Lyeth Red (California): Walking a stewy, plummy line & teetering, but bonus points awarded for having balance to recover. $11 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Laurent-Perrier Brut (Champagne): Round, elegant, floral, fruity, ready to roll; good luck finding a better aperitif for the $. $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Ceretto Asij Barbaresco (Barbaresco): Hey even that ass-kicking Selene vampire from Underworld had a softer, feminine side, right? $43 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rose (Cotes du Rhone): Bring on the Provençal fare any time. And bring on the the dancing girls, too. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Terra Valentine Marriage (Spring Mountain): Bad name belies pretty, intense, juicy, grippy, stony & totally overachieving juice. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Terra Valentine Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain): Dead sexy (& brambly, & jammy) & not afraid to flaunt it. $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Terra Valentine Yverdon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain): A mountain girl, but she’s more than ready for the ballroom $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Terra Valentine Amore (Napa Valley): NV Sangiovese that (by some minor miracle) hasn’t totally given up its tasty Italian heritage. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Terra Valentine Riesling (Spring Mountain): From Napa, but in pithy, floral spirit it’s practically by way of Clare & Eden Valley. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sort of like owning a trained black panther; dark, piercing & gorgeous. $98 A >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sporting the firmness, depth & tension of a good Clancy novel; crack the covers in 7 yrs $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mtn): Full of wonder (as in, wonder Y other Cabs cost more w/out being as tasty) $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): It knows that you like it spicy, and delivers; perennially one of NV’s best bargains. $41 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Entre Nous Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Graphitic, dark & generous in perfectly-ripened plum fruit; keep an eye on these guys. $115 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Entre Nous Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Herbal, racy, refreshing & totally complete (& a complete steal for the money as well). $34 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Key limes, citrus peel & a side of mineral water delivered to your door (or glass). $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel (Northern Sonoma): Capable, spicy old vines brawl with oak; emerge bruised but victorious. $18 B- >>find this wine>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 5, 2012

Vinted on March 5, 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!

  • 08 Piña Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain): Holy cocoapowderblackteacassissmokedmeatredplumvanillabayleaf wow. $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Epilogue Chardonnay (North Coast): More poise than a plate spinner (save the plates ’cause you’ll want food with this lively juice) $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Envolve Winery Rose (Sonoma Mountain): These young gun winemakers have a soft side, based on this bright, herbal, & lovely pink. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cliff Lede Poetry (Napa Valley): Make yourself some black tea & get cozy because this one will take a looong time to come around. $150 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Matthiasson Red (Napa Valley): Might be too svelte for some, but should still be poised & pretty 10 years (or more) down the line. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Matthiasson White (Napa Valley): Tapping into Napa’s vibrant, pithy life energy as if it had a 3-prong electrical socket. $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Kind of like Chinon’s = & opposite; a brushy, chewy, spicy, opulent opposite. $140 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): White dwarf star levels of dark-fruited, herbal, chocolaty density. $225 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vineyard 29 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Serious & seriously good, built for long haul w/ steel beam citric structure. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vineyard 29 CRU Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): ~15 different vineyards, but 1 pretty solid (& complex) steakhouse style wine. $54 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vineyard 29 CRU Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Like an aging soul singer; round/fleshy but still vibrant & sporting serious skills $54 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Emerson Brown Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Might be valley floor born, but it’s focused, brambly, mountain man brawn in spirit. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sonria Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): A bright student but staying true to her earthy roots. Just wish there was more of her… $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Breggo Cellars Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Shes dark, complicated, meaty but not brooding. You’ll want her digits $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Breggo Cellars Gewurztraminer (Anderson Valley): A rose is a rose is splendor but there’s def. more splendor when U include ginger. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Breggo Cellars Riesling (Anderson Valley): Vinyl-wrapper pear, grapefruit & flowers, all starting to jump happily & gettin’ jiggy. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 V. Sattui Quaglia Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley): From old souls of vines that really love their bramble fruit – & their booze. $39 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 V. Sattui Crow Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley): Stick-to-your-ribs focus & power for stick-to-your-ribs cuisine. $37 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): A little big, but beautifully rendered; serious, complex and fit for the Bordelais. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>

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