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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For April 23, 2011

Vinted on April 23, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Masút Pinot Noir (Mendocino): Seems the Fetzer bros. off to a slightly-jammy but lively, enticing & complex start. Stay tuned. $40 B+ #
  • 08 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Kinda like sniffing a fab red berry parfait & then downing a shot of grain alcohol. $35 B- #
  • 09 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett (Rheinhessen): Vibrant, tasty but seems a bit too tropical for the castle-strewn Rhine $18 B #
  • 06 Vall Llach Embruix Priorat (Catalunya): Lluís Llach’s complex brew would be music to yer nose if not for the cacophony of booziness $25 B #
  • 08 Loosen Bros. "Dr.L" Riesling (Mosel): Trying to find a cleaner, tangier, livelier Riesling for the $? Yeah good luck with that one. $12 B #
  • 07 Chimney Rock Elevage (Napa Valley): Savory red & black plums writing their names on silk using chalky tannins. Whatever -it works! $79 B+ #
  • 08 Chimney Rock "Tomahawk" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Not as showy as prev vintages but still decked out in some sexy wampum. $115 B+ #
  • 05 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Vally): A damn fine testament to SLD’s silky mouthfeel & firm structure. $62 B+ #
  • 08 Duckhorn Decoy Merlot (Napa Valley): With easy-going blackberry, dried herbs & vanilla, it won’t quack out on you at the steakhouse $25 B #
  • 06 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino: Dried cherry that ain’t too funkay. Very good Brunello primer that dents but won’t break the bank. $50 B+ #
  • 08 Chimney Rock "Clone 7" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): One classy, gorgeous mouthfeel, but many concentrated dark red fruits. $75 B+ #
  • 08 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like the Cab version of "Dark and Lovely"; floral, focused & just fantastic. $155 A- #
  • 08 Hourglass "Blueline" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fruit’s a tad dry, but the herbs & licorice are expressive (& impressive). $130 A- #
  • 10 Stepping Stone Riesling (Napa Valley): Aromatic & focused? Yep. Tropical? Bring on the Hawaiian shirts. Svelte? Uhmm…. No. $18 B- #
  • 10 Stepping Stone "Corallina" Rosé (Napa Valley): Built ground-up as rosé & it shows from the great color thru the elegant red berries $18 B #
  • 10 Santi Montedoro Moscato (Dolomiti): Peachy, grapey & like Perez Hilton it’s cloying but also sort of charming at the same time. $11 B- #
  • 06 Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage (Dry Creek Valley): A black currant, chocolate & spice sea that sails as smooth as silk. $40 B+ #
  • 09 Smith-Madrone Riesling (Napa Valley): Dear Germany – enjoying Napa; showing off my green fruits; think I’ll stay; Luv U! -Rheingau $27 B #
  • 10 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Tart, chewy & short on finish, but long on velvety red berry fruit (& on value). $12 B- #
  • 09 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Way too much green matched w/ those red fruits, & it sure ain’t X-mas time yet! $12 C #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For April 16, 2011

Vinted on April 16, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage (Dry Creek Valley): A black currant, chocolate & spice sea that sails as smooth as silk. $40 B+ #
  • 09 Smith-Madrone Riesling (Napa Valley): Dear Germany – enjoying Napa; showing off my green fruits; think I’ll stay; Luv U! -Rheingau $27 B #
  • 10 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Tart, chewy & short on finish, but long on velvety red berry fruit (& on value). $12 B- #
  • 09 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Way too much green matched w/ those red fruits, & it sure ain’t X-mas time yet! $12 C #
  • 06 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The fruit is beautifully complex, but they’re playing w/ boozy fire here $135 B+ #
  • 09 Volpi Gavi (Gavi): Starts a little austere, but flashes just enough of the citrusy, tropical leggings to make things enticing. $13 B- #
  • 07 Banfi Belnero (Toscana): Ripe, plush, structured & serious Sangiovese, but the oak flag might have been flown just a bit too long. $39 B #
  • 08 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve (Valle de Aconcagua): Red/black, viscous/tannic, savory/vibrant high-tension-wire balancing act. $100 A- #
  • 07 Seña (Valle de Aconcagua): Starts too green, but is saved by the power of crazy amounts of blue, black & red fruited complexity. $110 A- #
  • 09 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Aconcagua): Starts tangy & pruney, but give it a chance if U dig on tobacco. $25 B #
  • 09 Arboleda Carmenere (Colchagua): Green, lean & peppery; but once it’s in your mouth the vibrant fruit might just make U a believer. $25 B #
  • 10 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay (Casablanca): Get past the cream & toastiness & it kicks all kinds of complex Chard ass 4 the $. $20 B+ #
  • 10 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Lemongrass, starfruit, chili, limes, minerals – a damn, bit of everything! $20 B #
  • 07 Kinien Don Raul (Mendoza): Like chocolate mint & chocolate-covered cherries; it celebrates its own uniqueness (or "eccentricity"). $65 B+ #
  • 08 Kinien Malbec (Mendoza): Black, vibrant, meaty, densely-packed & so concentrated that it demands, well, *concentration*, dammit! $44 B+ #
  • 09 Ruca Malen Petit Verdot (Mendoza): Like a cup of spicy Mexican hot cocoa comin’ right off of being heated by an aromatic wood fire $18 B- #
  • 08 Ruca Malen Malbec (Mednoza): Dark, spicy, savory & S. American in presentation; elegantly floral & (very) French in spirit. $18 B #
  • 10 Yauquén Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Those nice cherries feel kinda trapped in a stemmy, herbal & tightly-tannic cage. $12 C+ #
  • 10 Ruca Malen Chardonnay (Uco Valley): More tropical than a coconut drink on Caribbean holiday vacation (and probably less expensive). $18 B #
  • 08 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): So rich, so fruity, so flowery, so velvety, so tasty; but so friggin’ BIG. $40 B+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For April 9, 2011

Vinted on April 9, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Agustinos Terra Syrah (Aconcagua): A serious overachiever. But you’d better like ‘em earthy & meaty (& dark & velvety & damn good). $12 B #
  • 09 Veranda Grande Cuvee Millerandage Pinot Noir (Bio-Bio): Sexy & muscular w/out looking juiced (& w/out giving up the PN suppleness) $55 B+ #
  • 10 Porta Reserva Carmenere (Maipo): Big, bright dark fruits & oregano shine above the booze & make this shine above the competition. $9 B- #
  • 09 Lai Lai Chardonnay (Bio-Bio): Starts strong & creamy, delivers complex peaches & apricot, but kinda leaves in a bit of a hurry. $12 C+ #
  • 10 Veranda Quinel Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Bio-Bio): Elegant but acquired-taste match of chili pepper, asparagus, & minerals. $18 B- #
  • 10 Porta Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Bio-Bio): A lean, green, lemony, grassy & bit overly-sweetly-tropical machine. $9 C #
  • 09 Achaval-Ferrer “Finca Altamira” (Mendoza): Depth, spice, blacks, blues… probably the most complete (& best) Malbec in Argentina. $100 A #
  • 09 Achaval-Ferrer “Finca Bella Vista” (Mendoza): As svelte & round as Malbec gets; only red-fruit & spice lovers need apply, though. $100 A- #
  • 09 Achaval-Ferrer “Finca Mirador” (Mendoza): Focused & savory, w/ a hurts-so-good finish almost as long as John Mellancamp concert. $100 A- #
  • 09 Achaval-Ferrer “Quimera” (Mendoza): More demanding than a schoolmarm. Everything in this is huge, from the fruit down to the acids $40 B+ #
  • 10 Achaval-Ferrer Malbec (Mendoza): Packs tons of vibrant, savory red fruit & florals into an overachieving, inexpensive package. $20 B+ #
  • 05 Rolland Collection Val de Flores (Mendoza): This Malbec’s meat is nicely spiced, but they served a flabby, boozy & ultra-ripe cut. $50 B- #
  • 07 Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin (Mendoza): A black & red fruits gift wrapped nicely in a leathery, spicy, svelte and elegant package. $42 B+ #
  • 07 DiamAndes Gran Reserva Malbec-Cabernet (Mendoza): Tasty cured meat served with a side of red currants & awesome Malbec structure. $40 B+ #
  • 08 Clos de los 7 (Mendoza): Gorgeously inky dark & savory; less-gorgeously big & extracted. Better pack the big steaks for this one. $19 B- #
  • 07 Clos de los 7 (Mendoza): A chewy, expressive, savory red fruit ride; but its destination appears to be (Bretty) funky town. $19 C+ #
  • 06 Monteviejo Lindaflor Malbec (Mendoza): That’s no moon… it’s a Space Station.. er, I mean, a meaty, dark, black-fruited Malbec! $50 B+ #
  • 09 Monteviejo Lindaflor Chardonnay (Mednoza): Big, unabashedly buttery, but a steal of a complex, apricot-fruity steakhouse Chard. $25 B+ #
  • 08 XumeK Reserva Malbec-Syrah (San Juan): Deeply concentrated, ripe & big big BIG. Will it age? Might as well try it for this price. $28 B+ #
  • 09 XumeK Syrah (San Juan): Crayola doesn’t make anything this purple; it also puts on a mouthfeel clinic without charging much for it. $16 B #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For April 2, 2011

Vinted on April 2, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Phifer Pavitt “Date Night” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Very good, but your date had better like really, *really* ripe fruit. $75 B+ #
  • 10 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Bolder than a tattooed Kiwi sunbather on a tropical (and herbal) nudist beach. $16 B #
  • NV J Wineyards & Winery Brut Rose (Russian River Valley): Prepare for a full-on red apple, blood orange and red cherry palate hug. $35 B+ #
  • 07 Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): He’s packin an overachieving, balanced sweet plum & cherry punch $11 B- #
  • NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad (Cava): Hideous pewter bottle, but a crisp, bready bubbly w/ great dried fruit (& some petrol!) $22 B #
  • 08 Pey-Marin “Trois-Filles” Pinot Noir (Marin County): It might be Low on flash, but it’s high on structured, firm red-berry finesse. $39 B+ #
  • 08 Bonizio Sangiovese Di Maremma (Toscana): I dig those cherries, but it smells like they were dried a bit too close to a tire fire. $9 C- #
  • 09 San Angelo Pinot Grigio (Toscana): Starts simple but stick w/ it; the apple & tropical fruits get livelier & livelier as you go on $17 B- #
  • 07 Anatomy Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The red berries must have been injured, ’cause they got a bit too many band-aids on ‘em. $28 B- #
  • 05 Casa Silva ALTURA (Colchagua): That’s a spicy meatball! And a leathery, earthy, chocolaty, sweet-figgy, sexy & complex one, too. $65 A- #
  • 08 Casa Silva Petit Verdot Gran Reserva (Colchagua): Earth/plums, stemmy/chewy, supple/gripping; fun (if acquired) study in contrasts. $19 B #
  • 09 Casa Silva Carmenere Reserva (Colchagua): Lush, structured dark fruit, but some of that structure is built with some green stems! $12 B- #
  • 10 Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc “Cool Coast” (Colchagua): Jumps out like NZ, spices it up at the end, and over-delivers throughout. $23 B+ #
  • 10 Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris (Colchagua): Ready to rock the shellfish. Why don’t we see more steely lime beauties like this in the US? $19 B #
  • 10 Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (Colchagua): The green apple & underripe grapefruit are austere. Maybe a bit *too* austere. $12 C+ #
  • 08 De Martino “Alto Los Toros” Single Vineyard Syrah (Elquí Valley): Smoky meat BBQ prepared by chef in a stunning cocktail dress. $40 A- #
  • 07 De Martino “Las Cruces” Single Vineyard Old Bush Vines (Cachapoal): Beguling combo of deep, dark plummy fruit & silky drinkability $40 A- #
  • 08 De Martino “Limávida” Single Vineyard Old Bush Vines (Maule): Maybe the most stunning terroir achievement you’ll taste for the $. $40 A #
  • 07 De Martino “El Leon” Single Vineyard Carignan (Maule): Like Darth Vader if he was made of black cherry, tannin & baking spices. $40 B+ #
  • 09 De Martino “Alto De Piedras” Carmenere (Isla de Maipo): Dark, herbal, violet-filled beauty could pass for a kick-ass Petite Verdot $40 B+ #
  • 09 De Martino “Legado” Chardonnay (Limarí): Chablis-like focus w/ hint of cream & toast thrown in for good measure. Screamin’ value. $14 B #

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