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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>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 23, 2012

Vinted on April 23, 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!

  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant en foudre (Central Coast): A wild animal glimpsed among the blue flowers & tangy Rubus phoenicolasius. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant en demi-muid (Central Coast): Somehow got the entire guinea fowl with spiced plum reduction in there. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (Central Coast): Floral, feral & vibrant; might be too plummy, but it’s a compellingly complex beast. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio (Friuli): We need more mineral-driven, crisp, well-built wines like this, if only to keep the snobs quiet. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 H&G Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Chalk Hill): More like Chocolate Hill, & said hill is solidly fortified w/ dark fruit structure $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 David Family Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Leather label adorns serious juice; needs patience & a penchant for Big $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Malk Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Living large & isn’t afraid to flaunt it a bit, w/ surprising breath-of-fresh-air action, too. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir (Martinborough): Admit it, you didn’t really know the boys in NZ grew up *this* big, did you? $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Draconis Syrah Traditional (Lodi): A Jennifer Garner in the glass; sexy, cut & svelte – but voluptuous in all the right places. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Chateau de Cosse (Sauternes): As tangerine as Tangerine Dream’s Atem; but it’s the vinyl re-issue version, remastered for clarity. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chimney Rock Sauvignon Gris (Napa Valley): A strange grape, it comes in peace; but wants a chicken & provolone sandwich now please. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Los Galanes Airen (La Mancha): Minerally refreshment w/ a streak almost as complex as the harsh La Manchian climate it calls home. $8 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Selbach Incline Riesling (Mosel): Apples & lime zest, acting like two best friends & playing politely outside in the park. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Allozo 927 Cosecha (La Mancha): Don Quixote travels to Oz, then takes on jammy Shiraz, & lives to talk (a bit confusingly) about it $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Reserva (Briones): Tempranillo’s tangy equivalent of Giganotosaurus, that nests inside an enormous oak crate $25 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 16, 2012

Vinted on April 16, 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 Frank Family Vineyards SJ Vineyard Reserve Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Violets float like a butterfly, power/grip sting like a bee $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah (St. Helena): George Foreman of PS; a meaty, powerful, demanding – & totally talented – heavyweight $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Robert Biale Royal Punishers Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Hurts-so-good, punishing blows of grip, complexity, & silky mouthfeel. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Cupcake Petite Sirah (Central Coast): Aptly named, & in this case the Cupcake is definitely chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. $14 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Redtree Petite Sirah (CA): A fruit-and-vanilla act that starts to get cloying a bit quickly after it just starts to get going. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Huntington CA Series Petite Sirah (CA): Practically brings you the whole cow (meat & leather) but you’d better really be into cow. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 August Briggs Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): An asteroid of rock, plum, leather & chocolate on collision course with awesomeness. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Artezin Petite Sirah (Mendocino County): Funky, but smooth & quite sophisticated, not unlike a Christian McBride upright bass line. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Draconis Classic Petite Sirah (Lodi): Internal tension of a political thriller, with the sexiness of Saffron Burrows as a co-star. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Foppiano Lot 96 Petite Sirah (Sonoma County): PS for the rest of us (the rest who like bright, feminine, floral reds that is). $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Marr Cuvee Patrick Petite Sirah (Tehama County): More cola than Pepsi, & more grip than Gorilla Glue. Will work with burgers, tho! $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Clayhouse Petite Sirah (Paso Robles): Game hunting in a field of blackberries and soft violets? Hey, stranger things have happened. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Windmill Petite Sirah (Lodi): A hearty, meaty welcoming; like catching a whiff of sausages being cooked up at breakfast time. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Seven Artisans Clayton Road Ranches Petite Sirah (Suisun Valley): Grippy & complex, & will give PS lovers something to cheer about. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Line 39 Petite Sirah (North Coast): Drawing a funky, earthy, plummy, & spicy line straight to bargain-priced overachiever land. $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Reserva (Chianti Rufina): The raciness of the ride, leather of the chaps, & the brightness of the chrome. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Matetic Corralillo Syrah (San Antonio): Underneath a smattering of bell pepper, a spicy, jammy & meaty dish awaits the patient. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Matetic EQ Chardonnay (San Antonio): Like the deep cuts on Ozzy’s “Bark At The Moon” album; not mind-blowing, but damn enjoyable. $26 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir (San Antonio): About as meaty and muscular as PN gets – & this one is flexing pretty damn hard. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (Dry Creek Valley): Structure with both practical *&* artistic purpose; best Mariner in several yrs $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch Zinfandel (Sonoma County): A “sexier” steak with red plum reduction sauce you’re unlikely to find. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Vines that are actually *old*, & have a long, spicy story to tell you. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Creme brulee with side of refreshing apple & pear spritzer. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg): Start with a Loire base, add a twist of overachieving CA ingenuity, & voila! $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Dry Creek Vineyard Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley): Mighty Joe Young as a Master of Ceremonies, & wearing a tux. $60 A- >>find this wine>>

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 9, 2012

Vinted on April 9, 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 Michel Torino Malbec Rose (Cafayate Valley): Candied strawberry & savory meat make for strange bedfellows… but tasty bedfellows. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Playing a very good-looking hand, though the game might be a bit too rich for some. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Claypool Cellars Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir Hurst Vineyard (Russian River Valley): Popping with laser-light-show-like complexity. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Claypool Cellars Fanci Blend (Lake County): A GSM that’s PDG; happily passes you the chocolate, red berry & a side of fresh pepper. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Halter Ranch Syrah Block 22 (Paso Robles): Strong on being strong, but also strong on delivering dusty, spicy, pruney flavor. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mauritson Rockpile Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Blackcurrant liqueur meets the dusty, gritty salt of the earth. $47 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Mauritson Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): About as down-home & as delicious as your Uncle’s secret BBQ sauce recipe. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): 8 diff. vineyards, 1 spicy, tangy Zin fit for yer next round of spare ribs $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley): What’s with all the refreshing DCV SBs lately? Not that I’m complaining whatsoever! $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Opulent, certainly, but isn’t afraid to grill a rack of lamb with you out on your deck. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Nals Margreid Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige): I see your pineapple, & raise you citrus pith & nuts; and it’s totally a winning hand. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 West Cape Howe Two Steps Shiraz Viognier (Great Southern): Meaty/spicy, fruity & floral. Somebody queue up VH’s Best Of Both Worlds $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Twomey Merlot (Napa Valley): Herbal, chocolaty, intense, structured, spicy, dark… & well, just very, very damned tasty. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Twomey Bien Nacido Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Earthy, serious & tightly wound; will spring to herbal, cherry life later. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Don’t let the flirtatiousness fool U, its head is screwed on tight. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Strawberry cobbler, served up at an upscale but unpretentious local spot. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley/Sonoma): Textural, like laying in cut grass and peeling the rind off a fresh grapefruit. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): She is racy, maybe even a bit austere but draped in a rich, velvety, elegant dress. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Lemon drop, lime rind, & a very strong desire to deplete the whole damn bottle. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>

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