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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 28, 2014

Vinted on July 28, 2014 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 Amista Gloeckner Turner Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Rockpile): Savory flirt! But don't underestimate the substance under the surface $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Amista Syrah (Dry Creek Valley): For those who prefer their meat be served with spices, a touch of delicacy, & a lot of care. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Amista Morningstar Vineyards Tres Red (Dry Creek Valley): Perfume spritzed on a bedrock of dark, peppery, brooding red fruit. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Amista Morningsong Vineyards Chardonnay (Dry Creek Valley): Bringing the flowers, the steel & the minerals to the dry creek. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Boschendal Appellation Series Chardonnay (Elgin): All dressed up to the nines, flaunting its wares, but also keeping its cool. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Boschendal Appellation Series Pinot Noir (Elgin): You could concoct a gourmet berry, bacon & herb dressing; or, just drink this. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage (Coastal Region): Things at this barbeque just got very, very, VERY serious. $44 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc (Coastal Region): The term Full Monty doesn't really even begin to describe it $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): It's about as complex as a good prog rock anthem. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Prinz Salm Berg Roxheim Riesling Spatlase (Nahe): Green tea with a bit of honey? Stone fruit on a bed of flowers? Count me in. $49 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blancs Pinot Blanc Brut (Long Island): Yellow apples making most east coast bubbles green with jealousy. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 21, 2014

Vinted on July 21, 2014 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 Raptor Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains): Vibrant, racy, pure, and with nary a score to settle with anyone. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Hearty is probably the right word for its largesse and its earthy appeal. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Fresh and tingly comfort wine, geared for fresh comfort foods. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley): Sweet melons and wet river stones, all temporarily acting as kissing cousins. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale): The sooner you admit that it is, in fact, sexy, the better off you'll be. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Reserve (Alsace): Orchard levels of crisp fruit, car battery levels of acid; have crevice at the ready. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial (Champagne): Is "sextural" a word? Let's just say for now it is a word and we'll go with that, okay? $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Uvaggio Primitivo (Lodi): If only more of its Italian brethren churned out Zin as tasty and zesty as this… sigh… if only… $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Uvaggio Vermentino (Lodi): One foot on California land, one foot on Mediterranean shoreline, head in the clouds and loving it. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah (Walla Walla Valley): Asking no quarter for its dark ripeness, & giving none in its heat in return. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chateau La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rose (Cotes de Provence): It will explain why all rose journeys should begin in Provence. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 14, 2014

Vinted on July 14, 2014 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 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red (Napa Valley): Ohhhhh…. I like herbs and blackberries…. I like toast and jam…. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Smokey club, dark shadows, hot jazz, strong drinks, sultry evening. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak Red (Napa Valley): Overall looking good but it's too late to hit the treadmill & shed that midriff $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Michael Mondavi Family Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Smoooooth operataaaahhhh… Smoooooooth operatahhhhh. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay (Carneros): Tasteful tale with a long, elegant ending, longer than the admission price would suggest. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Not all the characters will make it out of this darkly complex tale alive. $135 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Encapsulating all that's right about NV SB, jettisoning everything that ain't. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Malbec (Napa Valley): Big, but not letting go of its tastefully dusty, mineral, or tangy prettiness. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot (Napa Valley): Molding itself out of earthy clay with gorgeous, iron-like and plummy intensity. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): The crown is a heavy one, & laden with dark fruited jewels. $75 A- >>find this wine<<

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 7, 2014

Vinted on July 7, 2014 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!

  • 12 Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Not exactly lovely, but it's mete-ring out rich berry fruit & 'maid' to please. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Like an abstract painting of a field, it's green in all the right places. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Longoria Tempranillo (Santa Ynez Valley): Well, it most definitely has got 'em, and it most definitely is smoking 'em, too. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Poised to please, & to grow on you; the pleasure increases as the night goes on $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Rose Wine (Sonoma Coast): Somehow, paradoxically, both somewhat reserved & ostentatious at the same time. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): A bit too much showy jewelry and makeup, but a very pretty lady nonetheless. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Deliciously, tastefully, crowd-pleasingly in the Now, & seems quite happy about it $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Merryvale St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Tough for Cab to smell any purer, just needs a spring in its step. $95 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Muscles will be flexed, dried herbs smelled, & jam devoured. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): About the only things missing from this tropical scene are the beach & the coconut tree $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Lallier Premier Cru Rose (Champagne): Well-bred, intelligent rich kid cranberries with unspoiled, down-to-earth, spunky attitudes. $44 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Soho McQueen Pinot Noir (Central Otago): A slight misnomer; it's big, but much more nuanced than its Hollywood tough-guy namesake. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<

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