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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 3, 2012

Vinted on December 3, 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!

  • 09 Chateau Manos Reserve Blanc (Cadillac): Lemon drops on vinyl, white flowers on honey, U on this like a fly on… U get the idea. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Thieuley Cuvee Francis Courselle Blanc (Bordeaux): Creme brulee, peach & lemons planning to meet up in a couple of years. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Thieuley Blanc Sec (Bordeaux): Flinty, floral & grapefruity; open w/ friends & watch the liquid inside disappear (quickly). $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Premiere Cuvee (Cotes de Bordeaux): Pepper/leather, plums/earth, cassis/cedar, & a loooong ride at the end $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Cuvee Valentine (Bordeaux): My zingy valentiiine, my oily, chalky, creamy, crowd-pleasing valentiiiiine… $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Blanc (Bordeaux): So, uh, did we just quantum tunnel to New Zealand for a couple of minutes back there? $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Clairet (Bordeaux): Pepper, gravel, cherries; all of it dead-sexy, & all of it at a stunning value. $8 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Mirefleurs (Bordeaux Superieur): Hopefully you like yer espresso with a side of toast; & a side of steak, while we’re here $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Saint-Leon (Bordeaux Superieur): A bit self-absorbed on the ripeness side, but gets a lot more generous with the spices. $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Maison Nicolas Reserve Merlot (Bordeaux): Fresh, fruity, friendly and searching for a burger; it will, however, settle for pizza. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Grand Vin Rouge (Bordeaux): Mint, toast & figs; gets tarter as U go, & really wants to sleep in a bit more $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Reserve Rouge (Bordeaux): Like Van Halen’s Jump video, only with truffles & spicy red plums (oh, & no DLR). $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Reserve Rose (Bordeaux): Rosebud… roooooosebuuuuuud… Okay, and strawberries… straaaaawberrieeeees… $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Grand Vin Blanc (Bordeaux): Wood scaffolding doesn’t get in the way of perfumed elegance, at least not here $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Blanc (Bordeaux): Fresh, floral, & pretty freakin’ inexpensive; pepper your melon & get with the program. $12 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 26, 2012

Vinted on November 26, 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!

  • 10 Zantho Zweigelt (Burgenland): Mellow, peppery & smooth; good luck finding something that it might *not * pair with on the table. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hess Collection Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Spread the word, there’s breaking news; the Valley has minerals, the Valley has minerals! $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Maschio Prosecco Brut (Treviso): Took up guitar, formed a little band with a loyd sound that we now call Aggressive Mousse… $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris (Alsace): Slow to warm up to you, but then spreading spicy, oily, melon cheer. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Churchill’s Estates Quinta da Gricha (Douro): Genuine, concentrated & lively; will go a few rounds, with dust on its heels. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Churchill’s Estates Touriga Nacional (Douro): Warm instead of hot, poised & rich, too; and daydreaming about a skirt steak. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Churchill’s Estates Douro Red (Douro): I say, be a good sport & pass along that dried dark cherry now, old boy, chop-chop! $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Kabinett Riesling (Rheingau): Pear & attitude & name slightly longer than the pithy finish $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Ogier Oratorio Gigondas (Gigondas): Still just a baby; ah, but what a bouncing, structured, spicy, red-&-black plummy baby it is. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Clos de L’Oratoire de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (Chateauneuf du Pape): Fresher than the pepper & flowers it brings to your table. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Clos de L’Oratoire de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (Chateauneuf du Pape): Broad & serpentine, but w/ a hurts-so-good bite, too $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (Barossa): Remember when the Italian stuff used to be like this, before The Overproduction? $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz (Barossa): Subtlety may not be its strong suit, but there’s no intellectual pushover here, either. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Napa Valley): All dolled up, no place for the pears & flowers to go but down the hatch. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 19, 2012

Vinted on November 19, 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!

  • 10 Fontanella Mt. Veeder Chardonnay (Mt. Veeder): Tropical fruits, lemons, apples aplenty, caramel, and… a quiet seduction. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 02 Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve Vintage Brut (Champagne): For those who like their fruit first, & their bread well on the side. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Montes Folly (Colchagua Valley): Blackberry sexytime, followed thereafter by an expertly crafted sweet mocha-chino digestif. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Lapostolle Clos Apalta (Colchagua Valley): Will drive Carmenere – & oak – lovers wild; others it just might drive totally nuts. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Montes Alpha M (Colchagua Valley): Densely-packed dark fruit & herbs time capsule; unearth it when the clock strikes… 2020? $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve (Aconcagua Valley): Andes climbing excursions routinely end before the finish on this. $110 A >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere (Chile): Darkness of fruit/brightness of being; study in contrasts w/ quite a lot to teach $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Concha y Toro Don Melchor (Maipo Valley): The Rue Paul of SA reds. Elegant, talented, & not without literal & figurative cojones. $95 A >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Santa Rita Casa Real (Maipo Valley): About as shy – & as brilliant – as the Bat Signal; it’s heralding fruit almost as dark, too. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Casa Marin Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (San Antonio Valley): Passionfruit, herbs & minerals, all filmed in technicolor. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere (Maule Valley): Dark, brooding, but brightens up when it gets a whiff of its own herbal goodness. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ruta 22 Malbec (Patagonia): Violets and juicy raspberries served up on an oak plate that’s just a bit too large for the setting. $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo Limited Edition (Rioja): You picked it, you rolled it, you smoked it… and now, you can drink it, too. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Sierra Cantabria Rioja (Rioja): Bright, but it’s certainly quite capable of bringing the Randy Macho Man Savage brawn along, too. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Beeswax Vineyard (Arroyo Seco): Honeydew melon, mineral water & flowers, only served up at the Delano. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau du Petit Thouars Cabernet Franc (Touraine): Meaty & rich, it might be darkly foreboding but deep down it’s got a kind soul. $16 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

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