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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 17, 2012

Vinted on December 17, 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 Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Selection Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Why, the *nerve* of this peachy character… god bless it! $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Blackbird Vineyards Arise (Napa Valley): Yoooooooou were only waiting for… 20% Cab Franc to make you kinda aaaaaaaawesome… $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Buried Cane Roughout Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): The canes are herbal & the fruit’s a bit buried, but perks up later. $14 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Buried Cane Whiteline Chardonnay (Columbia Valley): Bright fruity come-on ends in a surprisingly passionless kiss after sundown. $14 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pali Wine Co Alphabets Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): And the crowd cheered the pepper & raspberry, but booed the grapefruit rind $21 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Tropical fruit on a creamy, pithy – and somewhat bumpy – freshwater ride. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 McManis Family Vineyards Jamie Lynn Vineyard Barbera (California): Chewy, plummy fruit, somewhat trapped in spicy, wooden cage. $10 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Les Petits Grains Pinot Gris (Alsace): Kick-ass richness, but you’d better like your fruit on the skin. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Montes Twins (Colchagua Valley): Clearly fraternal, not identical; bruising, gooey fruit on the one hand, green herbs on the other $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Las Lilas Rose (Vinho Verde): Fritz, red berry fruits & a whole lotta fun; but there’s just not a whole lotta of anything else. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Chateau Lascombes (Margaux): Full, firm, funky, fruity & just a bit too fleshy; probably finalizing plans for a final curtain call $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 03 J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut (Russian River Valley): Lemon and melon on the cutting board, & almond bread baking in the oven. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Willm Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace): All of the honey, but little of the buzz, of a bee hive in please-the-queen production mode. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Berlucchi Brut Cuvee 61 (Franciacorta): With Arnold Schwarzenegger voice from Predator, "you are one… yeasty… motherf**ker!!!" $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tariquet Classic (Cotes due Gascogne): Still fresh as a little daisy, as tasty as a picnic, & as cheap as a trip to Taco Bell. $10 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 10, 2012

Vinted on December 10, 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!

  • 05 Remirez de Ganuza Reserva (Rioja): Intrepidly into the dark, dark night, your tanned leather pants & chewing tobacco at the ready. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso (Valpolicella Superiore): Enters like a leather-clad bar thug, leaves like 1 of your best friends $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Roth Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): All’s well that ends this brightly, this crisply, this lemony, and this damn long. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs (Napa Valley): Richness & lightness, on a collision course towards toastiness (and towards tastiness). $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (Napa Valley): Cream, pears, melon & grit; serve before dinner if you want to make some fast friends. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Churchill’s Vintage Port (Porto): Big-boned but not lumbering; structure that’ll come in handy in a decade or so when it grows up $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Quinta da Gricha Vintage Port (Porto): Sturdy & strong, with a woody finish that will stand longer than most wooden structures. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Believe it or not, this will evoke a comparison to Sancerre in its gentleness & elegance. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): A lovely old & spacious place, now decked out fully in clean, modern, angular furnishings. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 03 Churchill’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, for a full-on, rich X-mas dessert course. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s Finest Reserve Port (Porto): It’s a man’s man’s world for Ruby, apparently (& they like to add pepper to everything). $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s Dry White Port (Porto): Heady, rich, seductive, and a Port for Sherry lovers (all 3 of you who are left out there…) $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Luce della Vite Lucente (Tuscany): Mostly licorice, mostly modern, mostly one of the better Lucentes released in modern memory. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Twisted Oak The Spaniard (Calaveras County): High on sweet oak, but even higher on juiciness, licorice, leather and *fun*. $49 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Domaine Roland Schmitt Pinot Blanc (Alsace): A plump, juicy, tropical plan that just… almost… comes together in the end. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 3, 2012

Vinted on December 3, 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 Chateau Manos Reserve Blanc (Cadillac): Lemon drops on vinyl, white flowers on honey, U on this like a fly on… U get the idea. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Thieuley Cuvee Francis Courselle Blanc (Bordeaux): Creme brulee, peach & lemons planning to meet up in a couple of years. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Thieuley Blanc Sec (Bordeaux): Flinty, floral & grapefruity; open w/ friends & watch the liquid inside disappear (quickly). $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Premiere Cuvee (Cotes de Bordeaux): Pepper/leather, plums/earth, cassis/cedar, & a loooong ride at the end $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Cuvee Valentine (Bordeaux): My zingy valentiiine, my oily, chalky, creamy, crowd-pleasing valentiiiiine… $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Blanc (Bordeaux): So, uh, did we just quantum tunnel to New Zealand for a couple of minutes back there? $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Clairet (Bordeaux): Pepper, gravel, cherries; all of it dead-sexy, & all of it at a stunning value. $8 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Mirefleurs (Bordeaux Superieur): Hopefully you like yer espresso with a side of toast; & a side of steak, while we’re here $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Saint-Leon (Bordeaux Superieur): A bit self-absorbed on the ripeness side, but gets a lot more generous with the spices. $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Maison Nicolas Reserve Merlot (Bordeaux): Fresh, fruity, friendly and searching for a burger; it will, however, settle for pizza. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Grand Vin Rouge (Bordeaux): Mint, toast & figs; gets tarter as U go, & really wants to sleep in a bit more $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Reserve Rouge (Bordeaux): Like Van Halen’s Jump video, only with truffles & spicy red plums (oh, & no DLR). $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Reserve Rose (Bordeaux): Rosebud… roooooosebuuuuuud… Okay, and strawberries… straaaaawberrieeeees… $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Grand Vin Blanc (Bordeaux): Wood scaffolding doesn’t get in the way of perfumed elegance, at least not here $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Rauzan Despagne Blanc (Bordeaux): Fresh, floral, & pretty freakin’ inexpensive; pepper your melon & get with the program. $12 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

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