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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For November 5, 2011

Vinted on November 5, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 06 Mount Veeder Winery Reserve (Napa Valley): Tight-lipped, whispering black licorice secrets to be revealed a few years from now. $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Indaba Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape): Flinty; and like a piece of flint, it’s got plenty of edges – some of them a bit rough. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Treana Red (Paso Robles): Nice complexity (earth, black currant, tar, chocolate), but so big it feels like it’s trying to be Port. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kukkula Lothario (Paso Robles): Great tobacco leaves, but they’re wrapping stewed & pruney fruit, & it’s not going down easy. $36 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Niner Wine Estates Twisted Spur (Paso Robles): Like a rodeo – a little woody, a little leathery, a little dusty, & a lot of fun. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sokol Blosser Meditrina Red Blend (OR): Pretty well-assembled for a kitchen sink blend; but still more ‘assembled’ than ‘balanced’ $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sokol Blosser Evolution White Wine (OR): Goes down refreshing & fast; but like a drunken hookup, U might forget it almost as fast. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 James Oatley Tic Tok Chardonnay (Mudgee): Get past the toasty tropical nose & you’ll be rewarded with a mouthful of vibrant charm. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Apothic Red (CA): Your wine-geek-self might not be into the sweet red fruits, but chances are high that all your friends will be. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah (Central Coast): Further proof + that Central Coast is onto something when it comes to ageworthy Syrah $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Clayhouse Wines Adobe Red (Paso Robles): A bit of a battle royal between silky, sexy mouthfeel & bellicose-but-sweet red fruits. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lone Madrone La Mezcla (Paso Robles): I will slay your octopus, grill it in olive oil & serve it w/ my tasty floral, citrusy self! $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Denner Vineyards The Dirt Worshiper (Central Coast): Syrah that’s kicking more than dirt; it’s kicking some serious ass as well. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chronic Cellars Stone Fox (Paso Robles): Delicate orange blossom & honeysuckle meet hefty but-still-gorgeous topical fruits. Wow. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Four Vines Anarchy (Paso Robles): Red Rhone blend that’s far from total chaos; over-the-top in a pleasing, boisterous way. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chaddsford Pinot Noir (PA): She’s quite pretty & delicate & inviting, but this smoky room’s kind of cramping my style, man. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chaddsford Merlot (PA): Fine mix of concentrated black fruit & herbal, veggie complexity from arguably PA’s best-ever red vintage. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Car Trolley Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Fresh, highly-explosive red berry hand-grenade contains spicy, earthy mushroom shrapnel $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Cuvee Luke (Sierra Foothills): Beguilingly curvy but has a pithy/abrasive streak; think I used to date this. $26 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 29, 2011

Vinted on October 29, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • NV Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port (Porto): Recent Symington makeover suits this Ruby well; offering plum, fig, date & peppery spice. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Perrot-Batteux Cuvée Helixe Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Lemony verve, sexy, nervy energy & all with a side of bread. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Davis Family Vineyards Guyzer Block Syrah (Russian River Valley): From the blue fruits aisle straight to the cured meats section. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Soul Patch Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): RRV native takes an earthy, elegant trip to Burgundy. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Berry compote with a finish longer than most cross-country bus rides. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Davis Family Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Might lack some uniqueness, but certainly not charm (or age-worthy acid) $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Weingut Baron Knyphausen Erbacher Michelmark Riesling Erste Lage (Rheingau): Floral, spiced beauty; tense, nervy citric brawn. $57 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Treana White (Central Coast): Tropics, florals, vivacity, versatility & just crazy amounts of joy (& aging potential) for the coin $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Eberle Estate Chardonnay (Paso Robles): Crème brûlée that was kind enough to bring the acidity. Wish it had also brought scallops. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cass Winery Syrah (Paso Robles): From herbs to jammy fruit to beef to coffee; kind of like a microcosm of an entire dinner here. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cass Winery Grenache (Paso Robles): Fire-starting strawberry & meat that will pepper (in both senses of the word) your tongue. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cass Winery Rockin One White (Paso Robles): Acidity, butterscotch & apples in an oak cloak. Will probably shed it for seafood stew. $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Cass Winery Roussanne (Paso Robles): Kinda like a lemon boulder – there’s a ton of heft, but a there’s a ton of minerality, too. $26 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Adelaida Version (Paso Robles): Smoky, meaty, earthy red fruits dominate, & they really, really want some smoked sausage. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Adelaida HMR Estate Pinot Noir (Paso Robles): Rustic, authentic & juicy red berries ridin’ right outta the hills of ol’ Paso. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Adelaida HMR Estate Chardonnay (Paso Robles): Peach & citrus that are hand-delivering minerals, & shooting star-like vivacity. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 22, 2011

Vinted on October 22, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Vina Robles White 4 (Paso Robles): Vermentino, Verdelho, Viognier, & Sauv Blanc form tropical, nutty, refreshing & fun Rat Pack. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Steinbeck The Crash (Paso Robles): Sweet, minty, concentrated plums in a seance session, invoking the Spirit of the Wild West. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Elegant Bordx style blend massive only in its plummy/chalky/savory complex value $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (Paso Robles): Vibrant red fruit packing licorice in one hand, & spicy chocolate in the other. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc (Paso Robles): Peach-packed, citrus&-anise infused, & more than comfortable in its own skin. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Clavo Voluptuous (Paso Robles): 100% Vermentino & actually quite svelte, refreshing & packing citrus pith bite that hurts so good. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Elderton Command Shiraz (Barossa): Ripe blue/black fruit & spice that’s sexy; as in a slightly overblown, Penthouse kind of sexy. $95 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red (Capay Valley): Blueberry wedding cake for happy marriage btw high elevation, small prod Syrah & Cab. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Von Holt Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard Syrah (Russian River Valley): Well, now, *here’s* a bright, flowery, spicy-meaty chap for ya! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Castello di Volpaia Vinsanto (Vinsanto del Chianti Classico): A dried apricot, sherry & hazelnut love letter sent in a 1/2-bottle. $35 A- >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 15, 2011

Vinted on October 15, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 06 Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): Will appeal to members of the hunt club (& black licorice lovers) $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Riondo Pianello Soave Excelsa (Soave): A bit like getting mugged by citrus fruits; refreshing for sure, but a bit on the rough side $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Santi Vigneti di Monteforte Soave (Soave Classico): Whoa – Soave got (refreshingly, florally & tropically) *serious* here, people! $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carmenere (Colchagua): The fruits are red & black, the nose a bit green, but it’s all pretty! $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Maipo): Kinda like Bell Pepper, Oak & Black Fruit in a Roadhouse-style bar fight. $13 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere (Rapel): Might be a “manly man” wine, but it’s a manly-man in a well-appointed suit. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere (Rapel): …And they will know us by the trail of green peppers and heavy oak… $20 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere (Apalta): Overachieving in a balanced, tangy, red-and-black-plummy & very flirtatious manner. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carmenere (Colchagua): All Carmenere, damn proud of it, & not shy about it *whatsoever*. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay (Carneros): About as big as you can get while still managing 2 hold it all together elegantly $49 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco): Gotta admit, I really like the minerally, citrusy cut of yer creamy jib, Mrs Pear. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Lockwood Vineywards Merlot (Monterey): Well… you are gonna need to like ‘em dark an’ ripe in these here parts, pilgrim! $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch): So composed it feels like nothing could ruffle its blackcurrant & tobacco leaf feathers $41 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Guy Saget Domaine de la Perriere (Sancerre): Feminine & angular in all the right places; the lady is most definitely *not* a tramp. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Mapema Malbec (Mendoza): Look up Argentine Malbec in the dictionary, & you just might find this standard-bearing wine’s picture. $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mapema Sauvignon Blanc (Mendoza): Playing a rich, creamy, tropical, melony hand; maybe it’s too heavy a hand, actually. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Poliziano Azienda Agricola Lohsa (Morellino di Scansano): Sangio from the coast? Damn right Sangio from the coast (damn good 1 too) $16 B >>find this wine>>

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