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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 24, 2012

Vinted on December 24, 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 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!

  • 11 Agape Red (Peloponnese): Crowd-pleasing bout between brambly blackberries, juicy blueberries, and sour cherries not afraid to bite. $9 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Thira Estates Assyrtiko (Santorini): Cut lemons, grapefruit rind, and wet rocks, all fixing you a rather tight and steely gaze. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Kikones Ippeas (Ismaros): Like a big, dark, dusty, & leathery Paso Robles red on an extended-stay vacation in the Greek islands. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Kikones Limnio Red (Ismaros): Imagine Lemberger, but as the sexy, exotic, international jet-setting protagonist of a spy novel. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kikones Maron White (Ismaros): Not an easy one to get to know; but it’s ready with flowers, melon & citrus if you’re ready to try. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Helios White (Tripolis): Bringing just a little bit of the fun of a southern Greek beach party right to your table – & your mouth. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Kayra Imperial Red (Elazig): It’s Big, it’s modern, it’s bold; & toasty, massively fruity, & otherwise unapologetically unforgiving $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Kayra Vintage Okuzgozu Single Vineyard (Elazig): Cherry liqueur, sweet oak & giving-no-quarter tannins; & a side of coffee, too. $20 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Lieb Family Cellars Bridge Lane Rose (North Fork): So subtle, maybe too subtle; there are flowers, berries & pith if you’re lookin $16 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Lieb Family Cellars Pinot Blanc (North Fork): The tropical fruits have arrived, they want to quench your thirst w/ mineral water. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling (Barossa): Petrol, pear, & possessing of a pretty, persuasive, passionate personality. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz (Barossa): Almost as dense – & almost as vanilla-and-berry-filled – as a layer cake dessert. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): When I say “Wu” you say “Tangy (fruit)”… & “pass the tomato leaf.” $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Juicy fruit, dusty boots, & carrying a bit of a spare tire around the midsection. $10 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay (Vin de Pays du Val de Loire): Grocery bag of citrus & tropical fruits, about bursting at the seams $11 B- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 17, 2012

Vinted on December 17, 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 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!

  • NV Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Selection Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Why, the *nerve* of this peachy character… god bless it! $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Blackbird Vineyards Arise (Napa Valley): Yoooooooou were only waiting for… 20% Cab Franc to make you kinda aaaaaaaawesome… $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Buried Cane Roughout Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): The canes are herbal & the fruit’s a bit buried, but perks up later. $14 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Buried Cane Whiteline Chardonnay (Columbia Valley): Bright fruity come-on ends in a surprisingly passionless kiss after sundown. $14 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pali Wine Co Alphabets Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): And the crowd cheered the pepper & raspberry, but booed the grapefruit rind $21 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Tropical fruit on a creamy, pithy – and somewhat bumpy – freshwater ride. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 McManis Family Vineyards Jamie Lynn Vineyard Barbera (California): Chewy, plummy fruit, somewhat trapped in spicy, wooden cage. $10 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Les Petits Grains Pinot Gris (Alsace): Kick-ass richness, but you’d better like your fruit on the skin. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Montes Twins (Colchagua Valley): Clearly fraternal, not identical; bruising, gooey fruit on the one hand, green herbs on the other $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Las Lilas Rose (Vinho Verde): Fritz, red berry fruits & a whole lotta fun; but there’s just not a whole lotta of anything else. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Chateau Lascombes (Margaux): Full, firm, funky, fruity & just a bit too fleshy; probably finalizing plans for a final curtain call $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 03 J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut (Russian River Valley): Lemon and melon on the cutting board, & almond bread baking in the oven. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Willm Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace): All of the honey, but little of the buzz, of a bee hive in please-the-queen production mode. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Berlucchi Brut Cuvee 61 (Franciacorta): With Arnold Schwarzenegger voice from Predator, "you are one… yeasty… motherf**ker!!!" $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tariquet Classic (Cotes due Gascogne): Still fresh as a little daisy, as tasty as a picnic, & as cheap as a trip to Taco Bell. $10 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 10, 2012

Vinted on December 10, 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 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!

  • 05 Remirez de Ganuza Reserva (Rioja): Intrepidly into the dark, dark night, your tanned leather pants & chewing tobacco at the ready. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso (Valpolicella Superiore): Enters like a leather-clad bar thug, leaves like 1 of your best friends $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Roth Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): All’s well that ends this brightly, this crisply, this lemony, and this damn long. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs (Napa Valley): Richness & lightness, on a collision course towards toastiness (and towards tastiness). $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (Napa Valley): Cream, pears, melon & grit; serve before dinner if you want to make some fast friends. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Churchill’s Vintage Port (Porto): Big-boned but not lumbering; structure that’ll come in handy in a decade or so when it grows up $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Quinta da Gricha Vintage Port (Porto): Sturdy & strong, with a woody finish that will stand longer than most wooden structures. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Believe it or not, this will evoke a comparison to Sancerre in its gentleness & elegance. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): A lovely old & spacious place, now decked out fully in clean, modern, angular furnishings. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 03 Churchill’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, for a full-on, rich X-mas dessert course. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s Finest Reserve Port (Porto): It’s a man’s man’s world for Ruby, apparently (& they like to add pepper to everything). $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s Dry White Port (Porto): Heady, rich, seductive, and a Port for Sherry lovers (all 3 of you who are left out there…) $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Luce della Vite Lucente (Tuscany): Mostly licorice, mostly modern, mostly one of the better Lucentes released in modern memory. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Twisted Oak The Spaniard (Calaveras County): High on sweet oak, but even higher on juiciness, licorice, leather and *fun*. $49 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Domaine Roland Schmitt Pinot Blanc (Alsace): A plump, juicy, tropical plan that just… almost… comes together in the end. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
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