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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For November 19, 2011

Vinted on November 19, 2011 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 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Like a Carl Perkins riff, it’s got elegance, tastiness, twang & power. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Just Joshin Tempranillo (Sierra Foothills): About as leathery, tangy & tasty a Temp as you’ll get in CA (& in the price range!). $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Tejada Reserve (Lake County): Red-blooded Spaniard hanging out in a Southern smokehouse. A *very* smokey smokehouse, that is. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Dubost Tempranillo (Central Coast): Dark cherry is chewin’ tobacco & ridin’ that leather side-saddle (& a bit off-balance, too). $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Three Rivers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Here’s yer dark fruit &…whoa who slipped that tangy cranberry in there? $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman 40 Year Tawny Port (Porto): The kind of after-dinner drink to hide from your guests & hoard totally for your greedy self. $129 A >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman 30 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Brooding caramelized & walnut-filled loveliness, but it will only reward the truly patient. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Crowd-pleasing dried fruit & toasted nuts tailor-made for post-holiday-dinner fireside chats $46 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Toffee & lovely peppery spice kind of running into each other in moments of temporary panic. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Fay (Napa Valley): Sporting as many complex elements as that label’s stag has points on its antlers. $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Four Brix Winery Temptress (CA): Juicy Tempranillo from CA that actually tastes like Tempranillo? Hell, sign me up for that pronto! $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Four Brix Winery Scosso (CA): Sangio’s racy cherry is there, but the sweet chocolate (& boozy power) might be too rich 4 your blood $35 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For November 12, 2011

Vinted on November 12, 2011 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!

  • 06 Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (Napa Valley): Black currant, black plum, black tea, & maybe a little bit too much black angus. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal): Classic Kamptal, which means it’s also a classic match for an enormous tasty salad $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Turk Kremser Weinberge Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal): Stately; those apples & herbs have finesse but also a ton of… well, of *pep*. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pffafl Haidviertel Gruner Veltliner (Weinviertel): Citrus that drinks big as its name; stick around for the orange blossom finish. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner Reserve (Wagram): Well-coordinated juggling act of tropical fruit, green peas, flint & spices. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Huber Gruner Veltliner (Traisental): Kind of like Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc dancing, but they’re not quite fully in the Gruve. $16 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Aveleda Alvarinho (Minho): Maybe not as stellar as the ’09, but still pretty friggin’ stellar. Tropical, lively & a total bargain. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Trapiche Broquel Bonarda (Mendoza): Equal parts blueberry compote, black cherry and vanilla extract. Good if U like ‘em woody. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Farina Gran Dama de Toro (Toro): Concentration of a Buddhist monk; black fruit of a brambly bush; wood of a Buick Roadmaster wagon $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Come for the pure, stately blackberry & cassis, stay for the crazy cellar-able value $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Jordan Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Like handmade furniture the joints almost totally dovetail in this refined, lively Chard $29 B+ >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For November 5, 2011

Vinted on November 5, 2011 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!

  • 06 Mount Veeder Winery Reserve (Napa Valley): Tight-lipped, whispering black licorice secrets to be revealed a few years from now. $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Indaba Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape): Flinty; and like a piece of flint, it’s got plenty of edges – some of them a bit rough. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Treana Red (Paso Robles): Nice complexity (earth, black currant, tar, chocolate), but so big it feels like it’s trying to be Port. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kukkula Lothario (Paso Robles): Great tobacco leaves, but they’re wrapping stewed & pruney fruit, & it’s not going down easy. $36 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Niner Wine Estates Twisted Spur (Paso Robles): Like a rodeo – a little woody, a little leathery, a little dusty, & a lot of fun. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sokol Blosser Meditrina Red Blend (OR): Pretty well-assembled for a kitchen sink blend; but still more ‘assembled’ than ‘balanced’ $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sokol Blosser Evolution White Wine (OR): Goes down refreshing & fast; but like a drunken hookup, U might forget it almost as fast. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 James Oatley Tic Tok Chardonnay (Mudgee): Get past the toasty tropical nose & you’ll be rewarded with a mouthful of vibrant charm. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Apothic Red (CA): Your wine-geek-self might not be into the sweet red fruits, but chances are high that all your friends will be. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah (Central Coast): Further proof + that Central Coast is onto something when it comes to ageworthy Syrah $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Clayhouse Wines Adobe Red (Paso Robles): A bit of a battle royal between silky, sexy mouthfeel & bellicose-but-sweet red fruits. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lone Madrone La Mezcla (Paso Robles): I will slay your octopus, grill it in olive oil & serve it w/ my tasty floral, citrusy self! $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Denner Vineyards The Dirt Worshiper (Central Coast): Syrah that’s kicking more than dirt; it’s kicking some serious ass as well. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chronic Cellars Stone Fox (Paso Robles): Delicate orange blossom & honeysuckle meet hefty but-still-gorgeous topical fruits. Wow. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Four Vines Anarchy (Paso Robles): Red Rhone blend that’s far from total chaos; over-the-top in a pleasing, boisterous way. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chaddsford Pinot Noir (PA): She’s quite pretty & delicate & inviting, but this smoky room’s kind of cramping my style, man. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chaddsford Merlot (PA): Fine mix of concentrated black fruit & herbal, veggie complexity from arguably PA’s best-ever red vintage. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Car Trolley Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Fresh, highly-explosive red berry hand-grenade contains spicy, earthy mushroom shrapnel $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Cuvee Luke (Sierra Foothills): Beguilingly curvy but has a pithy/abrasive streak; think I used to date this. $26 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 29, 2011

Vinted on October 29, 2011 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!

  • NV Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port (Porto): Recent Symington makeover suits this Ruby well; offering plum, fig, date & peppery spice. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Perrot-Batteux Cuvée Helixe Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Lemony verve, sexy, nervy energy & all with a side of bread. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Davis Family Vineyards Guyzer Block Syrah (Russian River Valley): From the blue fruits aisle straight to the cured meats section. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Soul Patch Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): RRV native takes an earthy, elegant trip to Burgundy. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Berry compote with a finish longer than most cross-country bus rides. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Might lack some uniqueness, but certainly not charm (or age-worthy acid) $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Weingut Baron Knyphausen Erbacher Michelmark Riesling Erste Lage (Rheingau): Floral, spiced beauty; tense, nervy citric brawn. $57 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Treana White (Central Coast): Tropics, florals, vivacity, versatility & just crazy amounts of joy (& aging potential) for the coin $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Eberle Estate Chardonnay (Paso Robles): Crème brûlée that was kind enough to bring the acidity. Wish it had also brought scallops. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cass Winery Syrah (Paso Robles): From herbs to jammy fruit to beef to coffee; kind of like a microcosm of an entire dinner here. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cass Winery Grenache (Paso Robles): Fire-starting strawberry & meat that will pepper (in both senses of the word) your tongue. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cass Winery Rockin One White (Paso Robles): Acidity, butterscotch & apples in an oak cloak. Will probably shed it for seafood stew. $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Cass Winery Roussanne (Paso Robles): Kinda like a lemon boulder – there’s a ton of heft, but a there’s a ton of minerality, too. $26 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Adelaida Version (Paso Robles): Smoky, meaty, earthy red fruits dominate, & they really, really want some smoked sausage. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Adelaida HMR Estate Pinot Noir (Paso Robles): Rustic, authentic & juicy red berries ridin’ right outta the hills of ol’ Paso. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Adelaida HMR Estate Chardonnay (Paso Robles): Peach & citrus that are hand-delivering minerals, & shooting star-like vivacity. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>

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