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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 22, 2012

Vinted on October 22, 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 Bodega Tacuil Vinas de Davalos (Salta): A porterhouse with fresh berry compote reduction & herbs; to be served in about 7 years. $100 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 06 Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): Like polishing off the whole box of chocolate-covered licorice all by yourself. $65 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Hasta Que Se Agoten Xikbal Baja Cabernet Sauvignon (Guadalupe Valley): A blocky, oaky gait, but plenty of plummy & herbal promise. $38 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Zenato San Benedetto Lugana (Lugana): Well helloooooo there, big stone fruits & honey; now, I am going to dreeeeeink you! $14 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Mirror Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Textural & robust, it skips the herb garden for low-hanging, ripe tropical fruit. $24 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 08 Mirror Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Rich, chocolaty, dense and airing it out down-field in big steakhouse style. $75 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • NV Grahams 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Grab the monocle, light the stogie for this burnt caramel, dried fig & toasted nut show. $34 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling (Alsace): Imagine being shrunk to the size of a bug, eating lime & then breaking into a spice box. $19 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Andrew Murray Vineyards Terra Bella Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Bringing the badass Paso Robles rumble like a tricked-out Harley $36 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Masut Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir (Mendocino): Your new Pinot jam? Coffee, toast & red berry jam, *that’s* your new Pinot jam. $40 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Tudal Family Winery Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Tea, raspberry scone & wild mushroom soup, all homemade $42 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Ogier Heritages (Cotes du Rhone): Verve, and heat, & the oak’s a touch sweet; but then, so’s the price for what you’re getting. $13 B- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Ogier Heritages Blanc (Cotes du Rhone): U didn’t know lemon & peach blossom could unleash this style of nutty, oily kung-fu, did U? $13 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Tariquet Chenin Chardonnay (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Like drinking passion fruit, at a bargain price for passion fruit. $10 B- >>find it at snooth<<

 

 

Thirty Days Of The Other (Tasty) Side Of Bordeaux

Vinted on October 17, 2012 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews, wine review

I haven’t always been kind to Bordeaux. Okay, actually I’ve pretty much never been kind to Bordeaux.

But that’s because Bordeaux’s most visible stand-bearers – the classified growths at the high-end of the production spectrum, making wines that most of us 99%-ers cannot afford – hasn’t really been all that kind itself to the general wine marketplace, pricing its wines more in-line with rampant consumerist greed than with real value for money.

But that’s not the only Bordeaux story – it just happens to be the most prevalent one. There’s another side of Bordeaux, the side that produces something like ninety percent of its wine, priced in the budget ranges and made in volumes that make California look small-time. Put another way, in the words of Chateau Rauzan Despagne’s Thibault Despagne (who I met while touring Bordeaux in September as a media guest of Planet Bordeaux):

“We always hear that Bordeaux is arrogant and too expensive. And yes, I agree – but that isn’t the only story. The journalists are the problem.”

And I came to realize during my Bordeaux jaunt that Thibault isn’t wrong – we do spend an inordinate amount of time complaining talking about the upper-echelons of Bordeaux, and often don’t recognize the lower-end – the 99%-ers – of Bordeaux at all. But it’s not without some justification; there’s still a lot of bad low-end wine being made there.

But… having said that… I did get a bit of a crash course in non-sucky Bordelaise wine, and I can’t actually review it (at least, not conventionally – more on that in a minute), because I got that crash-course Bordelaise style…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 15, 2012

Vinted on October 15, 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 Clos de los Siete (Mendoza): Smoother than Don Draper
    at the bar, & probably the most elegant & darkly sophisticated Siete yet. $20 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 DiamAndes de Uco Viognier (Valle de Uco): It’s going for high viscosity, but it’s also going for a high volume of flower bunches. $20 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 DiamAndes de Uco Chardonnay (Valle de Uco): Peach, pineapple, & a penchant for the unctuous; go creamy or go home, apparently. $20 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 J. Wilkes Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Come take a spot of black raspberry tea, to introduce you to what SMV is all about. $24 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Paul Lato Il Padrino Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley): Power in a velvet glove, indeed; silk, spice, verve to spare $90 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Paul Lato Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Sometimes very, very big can also be very, very beautiful $70 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Qupe Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Syrah (Santa Maria Valley): Perfumey, funky, meaty, plummy, chocolaty & just downright brilliant. $40 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 La Fenetre Bien Nacido Z Block Syrah (Santa Maria Valley): Juicy red plums, pepper & gravely minerals that co-starred in True Grit $50 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 The Ojai Vineyard Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Peppery herbs sporting spotlight-bright red berry fruit. $35 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Deovlet Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Flinty, succulent, deep, focused, pithy & possessing of inner beauty $45 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Deovlet Solomon Hills Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Apple nut bread, flashy but delivers the acid goods B4 it’s done. $35 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Kenneth Volk Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Cherry cola, spice, flowers & herbs, but in perfume form. $48 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Au Bon Climat Historic Vineyards Collection Bien Nacido Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Gorgeously mouth-filling, & draw-dropping $30 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Burnt caramel for starters, gets more compelling from there. $32 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Stephen Ross Bien Nacido Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): For the times when you want your toast done juuuuuuust right. $30 B+ >>find it at snooth<<

 

 

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