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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 28, 2013

Vinted on January 28, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 09 Casca Wines Monte Cascas Ramisco Tinto (Colares): Stunning example of floral, delicate, dusty strength triumphing by sheer will. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Filipa Pato Nossa Calcario Red (Bairrada): Sporting more mineral freshness than the mountain stream in the Coors commercials. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 94 Blandy's Colheita Malmsey Madeira (Madeira): Old charmer that still has all his wits – &amp; spiced figgy freshness – well-sharpened. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Anselmo Mendes Vinhos Muros de Melgaco Alvarinho (Vinho Verde): Pithy citrus that got dressed to the nines in honey &amp; apricots. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Adega Cooperativa de Moncao Muralhas de Moncao Branco (Vinho Verde): It doesn't get much prettier, vibrant &amp; delicate than this. $13 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 80 Adega Cooperativa de Favaios Moscatel de Favaios Colheita (Douro): Like smoking an orange rind doobie that was rolled by Valkyries $67 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Qualia Pavo Estate Syrah (Sonoma Valley): Charming Griffin-like combo of cool leather &amp; pepper with warm black raspberry &amp; smoke. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Qualia Syrah-Grenache (Sonoma Valley): Leather, pepper, verve &amp; easily-accessible deliciousness; oh, &amp; a side of smoked bacon! $26 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Pertois Moriset Mesnil Sur Oger Grand Cru Brut (Champagne): Enough toast &amp; citrus for breakfast; enough lift to achieve flight. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Elios Mediterranean White (Peloponnese): Familiar stuff (lemon, honey, flowers, vanilla) served up in a refreshing, unfamiliar way $11 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Ferguson Crest Viognier (Santa Barbara County): All lovely, friendly peaches-&amp;-cream, and more cocktail-drink-hot than Fergie-hot. $22 B- >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 21, 2013

Vinted on January 21, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Berry cobbler, plum liqueur glaze, gravel plate, wooden fork, dash of awesome. $155 A >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): How lovers should meet; nearly exploding w/ tension, power &amp; edginess. $135 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like an emotionally-charged soy sauce/cassis/gravel menage-a-trois. $125 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley): No escaping the complexity, fruity-sweet-sexy largesse, or the general largeness $75 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hugel et Fils Hugel Riesling (Alsace): Almost sweet but definitely electrifying; maybe the most gulpable Hugel in several years. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva (Rioja): Familiar like an easy chair, or a bowl of comfort food on a raw day. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose (Stellenbosch): Funky floral cool modeena, performed with a side of freshly ripened red berries. $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pina Napa Valley Wolff Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville): Rich, demanding &amp; driven; plums playing hot potato w/ dried herbs $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pina Napa Valley Ames Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Refined, broad, tinged w/ herbs; practically the mayor of Oakville. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pina Napa Valley D'Adamo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Both hot &amp; sweet, in a silky, come-hither-big-boy kind of way. $75 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pina Napa Valley Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): More like fire-juggling, &amp; nearly worthy of cirque du soleil. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Ferrari-Carano Tresor Red (Sonoma County): Thick enough that you could stand a spoon up in it; but it'd be a mineral-rich spoon! $58 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 14, 2013

Vinted on January 14, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Tudal Family Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Shiny hap[y peeeople hooooolding haaaaands…. aaaaand peaches-grass-&-flowerssssss… $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Tudal Family Napa Valley Cuvee (Napa Valley): Floral *and* jammy? It can be done (when dressed in leather & brambles, apparently). $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Tudal Family Napa Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County/Napa County): Playing P-Funk, has leather pants on, awkward dance moves. $28 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Tudal Family Clift Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): If you want (black cherry & animal funk) blood… you got it! $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Tudal Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena): A time capsule harkening back to how Cab was done in Old School Napa Valley. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Steven Kent Winery Ghielmetti Vineyard Petit Verdot (Livermore): Licorice & chocolate will be served, & crowds will be pleased. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare (Central Coast): An engagingly clever art house acoustic performance, dressed in pink & white flowers $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Steven Kent Winery Folkendt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore): The tune is *really* good, if Ripe is your style of music. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Steven Kent Winery Home Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore): Generous, herbal & fruity but U’ll think Home was Barossa. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Ansgar Clusserath Vom Schiefer Trocken Riesling (Mosel): Electric enough to be hitting the light cycle races on the TRON grid. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mazzocco Briar Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Apparently things are big, juicy, dusty – & finish rather quickly – in the briar. $29 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Robert John Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Promises 75 bones worth of supple, dark-fruit-&-tobacco pleasure; delivers $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau D’Aqueria Tavel Rose (Tavel): It just hurts so damn good, like a red berry decided to give you a serious shiatsu massage. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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