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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 27, 2011

Vinted on August 27, 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 Mionetto MO Valdobbiadene Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore): Elegant & (dare we say it) *serious* green apple side to Prosecco bubbly. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Catena Malbec (Mendoza): Smokey/oaky finish mars an otherwise smokin’ red-fruited, floral, dried-herbal South American beauty. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Pascal Redon Cuvee Diaphane (Champagne): Elegant; as in “going on a hike in the woods & then running into Audrey Hepburn” elegant. $59 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Twisted Oak Petite Sirah (Calaveras County): Your morning coffee ritual should smell so good as the mocha action on this tasty guy. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Manzanita Creek Three Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County): A BIG boy, who would very much like to meet your ribs with the spice rub. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Three Rivers Champoux vineyard Merlot (Horse Heaven Hills): The tales of Merlot’s death have, apparently, been greatly exaggerated $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Three Rivers River’s Red (Columbia Valley): Red fruits are tart, bright & screaming. What are they screaming? “Crazy good deal!” $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Three Rivers Merlot (Columbia Valley): Chewbacca big, but he’s in a pin-stripe suit. Pepper, spice, herbs & olives add the elegance $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Three Rivers Chardonnay (Columbia Valley): Pear, pineapple & cream, all sliced right down the middle with razor-sharp crispness. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Coffee, black plums, pencil lead & quite a lot of focus for the The Valley. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Michael David Earthquake Petite Sirah (Lodi): Not w/out floral/licorice complexity, but balance is shaken by a sweet boozy finish. $25 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Rustenberg John X Merriman (Stellenbosch): The herbal & red plum side of Bord’x blending. One for the huntsman’s lodge, govn’r. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay (Stellenbosch): Lemon curd, toasted almond & a little minerality standing at attention, sir! $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Firestone Gewurztraminer (Santa Ynez Valley): A bit short on flowers & lychee, but plenty long on ginger, grapefruit & crispness. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Firestone Clone 174 Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Here’s 1 to please the crowd. Bring me a plate of BBQ ribs, with all speed, man! $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Firestone Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Brambly, red, black & jammy. Ah, but the smoked meat guy is stopping by, and you’re hungry… $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Puma Road Black Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): This cat’s got a lot of berry, earthy/herbal complexity for $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bagrationi 1882 Reserve Brut (Kakheti): Georgia strikes again. Elegant if subdued presentation of apple, melon & chalky minerality. $25 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 20, 2011

Vinted on August 20, 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!

  • 07 Bonny Doon Alamo Creek Syrah (San Luis Obispo): Who starting blaring Funky Town at Pepper & Black Raspberry’s elegant wedding? $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Tabarrini Sagrantino (Montefalco): W/ that tar & tannin, will put hair on your chest. And back. And probably everywhere else too. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Raats Original Chenin Blanc Unwooded (South Africa): Not as complex as previous years but as inviting & approachable as Chenin gets $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Rudi Schultz Syrah (Stellenbosch): Meaty, Beaty, Big, & Jammy. And Oakey. Ok, & maybe a just a tad too Bouncy as well. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Valckenberg Gewurztraminer (Pfalz): Tasty & floral, but with balance like that, it might need to stick to the training wheels. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais-Villages): Stems are still on those violets & berries, but they look good w/ dinner $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Two Princes Riesling (Nahe): If you… wanna drink for hours (at >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Hello, CA! Golden apple, creme brulee, vanilla, peach & a bit too much heat. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): A little (too) lush/creamy but the splash of Sauv Gris is a nice addition $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chalk Hill Estate Red (Russian River Valley): Wow. Tough to convey how much ass this could kick if they can get the abv down a bit $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): Compressed can of well-structured spicy black fruit kickass. Give it 6 yrs $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sebastiani Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Chocolates, flowers, and a dark (cherries) side. A dead-sexy combo for date night. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sebastiani Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Put-together, but *well* put-together. Apricot, cream, apples, citris & over-achievement. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Spicy, weighty, rich but not w/out tart red berry. One for the yacht club. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Mineraly & tropical Chard’s more experienced & slightly curvier big sister. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 13, 2011

Vinted on August 13, 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!

  • 07 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (Chianti): Lots of pretty fruit, lots of lithe balance, & a bit of (slightly distracting) funk. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Georg Breuer Riesling Terra Montosa (Rheingau): Who can refuse candied ginger & flowers? Especially when they go so well w/ dinner $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fred Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner (Niederosterreich): Zesty. As in, “possessing lime zest” zesty. Tailor-made for Summer nights. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Spring Mountain vineyard Syrah (Napa Valley): Meaty, blue-fruited, spicy, has a rough edge – & sure as hell isn’t messing around. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 96 Williams Selyem Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Big, earthy, dark & smokey. Won’t beguile you, but *will* own you. $120 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 96 Williams Selyem Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Rarely can one use “liltingly gorgeous” & actually mean it. $100 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lincourt Courtney’s Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Elegance, riding in on stoney minerals, trumps tropical buttery-ness (our hero!) $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Lincourt la Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez): Ok there’s the oak thing. But there’s the leather/licorice thing too. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley): Sort of like ‘death by lime, lemongrass, pink grapefruit & chalk.’ But in a good way. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Clifford Bay Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Raging baking spices. Raging, juicy red berry fruit. Raging, racy structure. Raging bargain. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Clean as a whistle, crisp as fresh grapefruit, & cheaper than a latte at Peet’s in SFO $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Brouilly (Brouilly): A serious pepper & red berry Beaujolais show. But might be suffering from a case of Morgon envy $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc (Rully): Carries apple, spice, citrus, a good deal of charm, and probably a slightly elevated price tag $20 B- >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 6, 2011

Vinted on August 6, 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 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): A touch off-kilter now… but let’s see in 10+ yrs… $27 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros): This guy is really, really likeable – but man, I think maybe he smokes too much. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Blackberry, blueberry, plum, cedar, cinnamon & granite. Are we baking pie in my kitchen? $140 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Altvs (Napa Valley): Brooding, black, spicy, and more beautifully complex & multi-dimensional than most Calabi–Yau manifolds. $75 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chacewater Syrah (Red Hills): A bit of RS & near 16% abv can’t keep this fruity, balanced big boy down. Sometimes fruit bombs work. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Jed Steele Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County): What kind of herbal, zesty bargain is this? Expect the price to go up… $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ceago Vinegarden Del Lago Syrah Rose (Lake County): Strawberry lovers… Unite! Strike at yonder salad with all speed! Attack!!! $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ceago Vinegarden Muscat Canelli (Lake County): A gift of flowers & sweets for that bowl of spicy Asian noodles you’re eying up. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Quinta do Vallado Vinho Tinto (Douro): What ground it loses in vibrancy is more than made up for in heaps of dried herbs & red plum $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Meritage (Virginia): It’s velvety. It’s fruity. But it ain’t quite spicy enough. Give it a chance (& a bit of time). $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Michael Shaps Merlot (Virginia): Black fruit, black olive & spices so hoppin’ they could stand in for a Mexican jumping bean. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Viognier (Virginia): Peachy, pithy & elegant. Just not sure the fruit is gonna stand up long-term to all that verve. $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Chardonnay (Virginia): Lemon curd, cream & enough vitality (& structure… and character…) for a long haul. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Williamsburg Winery Acte12 Chardonnay (Virginia): Apples, a fair amount of bite, & not short on complexity; a.k.a., a total bargain $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blenheim Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Virginia): Ripe/fruity enough to be inviting, minty/herbal enough to keep you at the party. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blenheim Vineyards Viognier (Virginia): The peach farm is surrounded by white flowers, & they won’t mind if you bring chips & salsa $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Blenheim Vineyards Blenheim Farm Chardonnay (Virginia): A peachy/zesty charmer w/ nary an ounce of flab (but several oz of balance) $21 B >>find this wine>>

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