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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<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 12, 2012

Vinted on November 12, 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!

  • NV Georges Vesselle Grand Cru Brut (Champagne): Like brioche? Then this is a deliciously quick way to add 1K calories to your diet. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva (Rioja): Wearing chaps & getting spanked playfully w/ cherry licorice whips. Or is that just me? $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Meyer-Fonne Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace): Will have you using words like empyrean, delightful & splendid, & actually meaning them. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Showing off the right mix of NV "Disneyland" with authentic chops and composure. $37 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (Napa Valley): You can argue w/ the creamy apricot style, but can’t really argue w/ the quality. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Why’d the Napa producer go to OR? ‘Cause you can’t make stuff like this in Napa $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Stepping Stone Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Pretty as a bouquet, but she’ll down smoked meat for dinner. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): A poised, lingering, ginger-infused soul is lying beneath the toasty exterior. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Estampa Gold Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc (Colchagua Valley): Obviously comfortable in its own skin. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Regaleali Bianco (Sicilia): Melons & minerals, nuts & lemons, hot damn just back up this refreshment truck to my mouth right now. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder): Rugged & solid but a tad commercialized, like the Brawny Towel guy $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Chardonnay (Mount Veeder): Steely & honeyed, punchy & unctuous, floral & full, & worth talking about. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sing it with me! Hell bent, hell bent for leatherrrrrrrr (& dried cherries)… $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Attempting strong come-on w/ chocolates & sweet (fruit) talk $28 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noit (Russian River Valley): Looks tough in leather apparel but deep down craves attention $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay (Sonoma County): A ton of rock & a ton of vanilla; if you think vanilla rocks, then go for it. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Rodney Strong Charlottes Home Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County): Careful, this one’s got jump that’s practically spring-loaded. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Say, would you happen to have any venison & country ham on you? $17 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 5, 2012

Vinted on November 5, 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!

  • 08 Chateau de Grossombre de Saint-Joseph (Bordeaux): Pencils are in the cigar box; so are tea & zesty dark cherries, by the way. $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Pey La Tour (Bordeaux): Hauling in leather-handled buckets of fig, mint, currants & spices, to wild applause from the crowd $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc (Bordeaux): A high-speed Vespa ride right past a crowded outdoor market fruit stand. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Reignac BALTHVS (Bordeaux Superieur): Will stay fresh, chocolaty & deep for a long time to come; ah, but are you the patient type? $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Grand Vin de Reignac (Bordeaux Superieur): Dressed elegantly, but that minty, dark-berry dress isn’t revealing too much to you yet $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau de Reignac (Bordeaux Superieur): Hot in its impetuous youth, but deep down it has some talent to back up its serious streak $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Reignac Blanc (Bordeaux): It’s a tubby miner who digs up white figs & base minerals, all in a good way; just trust me on this, ok? $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Timberlay Clairet (Bordeaux Clairet): Raspberry & strawberry path that’s lined with some seriously manicured herbal hedges. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Tour de Bonnet Rose (Bordeaux): Like buying roses from a vendor that walks up to your car & finding they’re actually prized $6 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Bonnet Red (Bordeaux): Leather, wood & baking spices; be sure to bring your smoking jacket, pipe & a very large thirst. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Bonnet White (Entre-Deux-Mers): Ah, the flowers, chalk & perfume, showing much more expensive whites their own jock straps. $9 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Luccios Brut (Cremant de Bordeaux): Citrus, minerals & a shot of cream, all with dirty shoes and bouncing on a trampoline. $16 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Grand Jean (Bordeaux): Mostly Merlot, that mostly just wants to get fresh with whatever you’ve decided to grab for lunch. $10 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau La Verriere Sauvignon (Bordeaux): SB joined by kissing-cousin Sauv Gris; bright, accessible, rich & fond of simple living $12 B- >>find this wine<<
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