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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 #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 26, 2011

Vinted on March 26, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 09 X Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay (Carneros): That wonderful apricot isn’t totally happy about being served w/ the buttered popcorn $19 B- #
  • 09 X Winery “White X” Winemaker’s Blend (North Coast): 4 white grapes mostly playing nice together but the Albarino gets a lil’ bossy $15 B- #
  • 08 X Winery “Red X” Winemaker’s Blend (North Coast): Diverse band of spicy red & black fruits jam on familiar but cacophonous tune. $15 B- #
  • 09 Pey-Marin “The Shell Mound” Riesling (Marin County): CA style w/ Germanic soul. Slate, melon, citrus, vivacity & heaps of awesome. $26 B+ #
  • 10 Trivento “Amado Sur” Torrontes (Mendoza): Old vine Torrontes? It totally works, with lychee & spices floating on its fleshy bod. $15 B- #
  • 07 Trivento “Golden Reserve” Malbec (Mendoza): That dark cherry, fig & leather are as inviting & warm as your favorite easy chair. $20 B #
  • 09 Trivento Reserve Malbec (Mendoza): Feel it hot hot HOT. And a little too green, a little too herbal but certainly savory. $11 C #
  • 06 Zuccardi “Zeta” (Mendoza): Stately Malbec marries racy Tempranillo in fully elegant, rich, velvety and complex ceremony. $45 B+ #
  • 09 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda (Santa Rosa): Rustic charmer if a bit unfocused; black grapes, blue flowers & probably some good times. $25 B #
  • 09 Zuccardi “Q” Malbec (Mendoza): Black fruit, leather, tar, chocolate & vibrancy. Packs *a lot* of punch for *not* a lot of dough. $19 B #
  • 07 Zuccardi “Q” Tempranillo (Santa Rosa): Dried cherries, leather, tobacco leaf, spices… where the hell is my beef stew, dammit!?? $19 B #
  • 09 Zuccardi “Serie A” Torrontes (Cafayate): Grapey & floral, but the round body will have you forgiving the rougher edges. $14 B- #
  • 09 Leyda “Lot 5″ Chardonnay (Leyda): Sexy, w/ a dash of apricot and cinnamon. But she’s got acidic bite too. You’ll want her digits. $27 B+ #
  • 09 Leyda Single Vineyard “Neblina” Riesling (Leyda): The Rheingau in a Hawaiian shirt. Tropical, but the florals went on holiday. $16 B- #
  • 10 Leyda Single Vineyard “Kadun” Sauvignon Gris (Leyda): Think (good, cool climate) Sauv Blanc meets (good, cool climate) Chardonnay. $16 B #
  • 10 Leyda Single Vineyard “Garuma: Sauvignon Blanc Leyda): Lemons, herbs, chili pepper, tropical fruit & an elegant, stunning bargain. $16 B #
  • 08 Lapostolle Clos Apalta (Colchagua): The leather grips your gums like a vice but also ties a tidy belt around all those black plums $80 B+ #
  • 08 Lapostolle “Borobo” (Chile): Tannins like GWAR, but this red blend has enough soft red fruits & violets to compensate. $70 B+ #
  • 09 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua): Flashy, juicy & well-made Cab seeks hedonists (only) for BBQ steak. $26 B #
  • 09 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay (Casablanca): Peaches & cream on the rocks (mineral rocks, that is) with a twist of lemon. $23 B #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 19, 2011

Vinted on March 19, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Emiliana Coyam (Colchagua): 8 red varities, 1 vineyard, 2 oak profiles, a ton of dark red fruits, & just touches of grit & green. $32 B+ #
  • 09 Emiliana Novas Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua): Herbs, red fruit, spices, pepper, and a lot of sexiness. Needs 3-4 yrs. $15 B #
  • 10 Emiliana Natura Chardonnay (Casablanca): Your food will like you for pairing it with this papaya, peach & slightly creamy good buy $10 C+ #
  • 10 Emiliana Natura Carmenere (Colchagua): Greeen herbal notes & soda-pop, peppery shiraz action make for a bit of a strange combo. $10 C #
  • 08 Morande Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): A touch too sweet, but with botrytis at this price I should stop my bitching. $10 B- #
  • 07 Morande Edicion Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla): Black, bold, spicy, concentrated & smooth as silk. Large amount of ass kicked here $23 B+ #
  • 09 Morande Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo): Great sweet spice coupled w/ not-so-great green, but currants & earth work it out $15 B- #
  • 08 Morande Gran Reserva Merlot (Maipo): They ought to need a license to carry a finish this nice @ that rpice in these here parts. $15 B #
  • 10 Morande Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Refreshing, but with acidity that can only be tamed by a healthy portion of cerviche. $11 B- #
  • 07 Los Vascos Le Dix (Colchagua): Like a Bordeaux native in a Chupalla hat. Dark fruit, earth, woody spice, cinnamon,& a lot to love. $50 B+ #
  • 08 Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua): Sexy red fruit bosom supported by chalky, mineral-driven, spicy bra. $20 B #
  • 09 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua): The red-fruity, easy to handle, lighter side of Cab. Maybe a tough *too* light actually $10 C+ #
  • 10 Los Vascos Chardonnay (Colchagua): A little slice of steely Chablis (at a bargain price) in the warm south of the Rapel Valley. $10 B- #
  • 10 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Starfruit & cream? The combo kind of works in this refreshing sipper, actually. $10 C+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 12, 2011

Vinted on March 12, 2011 under wine mini-reviews
  • 10 Vina Leyda “Lot 21″ Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley): Amazingly fresh & textbook red-berry PN. Beats the pants off more pricey CA stuff $38 B+ #
  • 10 Los Vascos Rose (Colchagua): Wow, a Cab-based Rose that actually is fruity and refreshing & doesn’t go down harsh. Sign me up. $10 B- #
  • 09 Morande Pinot Noir (Casablanca): Talk about overachieving. Vibrant with red berry, rose petals & a little grit. And a lot to like. $11 B #
  • 10 Emiliana “Eco Balance” Sauvignon Blanc (Bio-Bio): Crazy bargain for starfruit lovers. Cut grass & lime make a nice appearance, too. $7 B- #
  • 06 Casa Silva “Microterroir” De Los Lingues Carmenere (Colchagua): Excellent stuff, but you’d better love Carmenere big-time! $50 B+ #
  • 09 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere (Apalta): Seamless transition from red to blue to black fruits. Killer structure, too (age it) $26 B #
  • 09 Vina Vik red (Millahue): Stunning debut for French-inspired Chilean super-premium Bord’x blend. Looking fwd to what they do in 10 $100 A- #
  • 06 Hall “Bergfeld” Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena): Tense structure belies some seriously delicious, velvety, fruity complexity. $100 A- #
  • 07 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Never mix your reds (bright, dark cherry fruit) & your greens (too much herbal action). $40 B #
  • 07 Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak): The structure and focus scream “take me to the steakhouse, beeeach!” $50 A- #
  • 07 Trinchero Mario’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): There’s chalk-sprinkled violets growing out of those tasty dark plums $50 B+ #
  • 08 Trinchero Chicken Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): “Overachiever” written all over it in its mineral-driven dust. $40 B+ #
  • 08 Trinchero Chicken Ranch Vineyard Merlot (Rutherford): Soft finish to an otherwise full-driving race of ripe red fruits & olive. $40 B #

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