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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>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For July 30, 2011

Vinted on July 30, 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 Trapiche Vina Adolfo Ahumada Malbec (Mendoza): Sooo much yummy black cherry, sandalwood & leathery complexity. But soooo much oak. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Keswick Vineyards Verdejo (Monticello): Hey, who let that Spanish guy in here? Crisp, tropical, fruity – & very, very quaffable. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cooper Vineyards Norton (VA): Brambly meets savory, with a side of red berries & vanilla. The bad-ass anise brings it all home. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Cooper Vineyards Viognier (VA): Full of peaches & limes, & asking you to run out & buy some VA crab cakes, which it craves dearly. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 First Colony Winery Chardonnay Reserve (Monticello): Cheaper than an aroma fault kit, with just about the same result. Avoid. $18 D >>find this wine>>
  • 09 First Colony Winery Petit Verdot (VA): Compelling case built for VA PV on this spice, graphite, dark fruit, tomato leaf & cranberry $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Jefferson Vineyards Meritage (VA): Methodical, pleasant & as structured (ok, & maybe as stiff, too) as the founding father himself. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Jefferson Vineyards Viognier (VA): If you spent hours searching for the ripest honeysuckle flowers when U were a kid, then try this $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chrysalis Vineyards Viognier (VA): Floral, classic & a testament to why VA is trying to hang their signature grape hat on Viognier $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Locksley Reserve (VA): Black licorice, cola; angular & strange, but w/ beauty like an abstract painting $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Emma Pearl Chardonnay (Central Coast): Vibrant & accessible style. So many cut flowers it’s like walking right into the flower shop $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chateau Mukhrani Saperavi (Mukhrani): Classic Georgian (the republic, not the state!); stewed prunes, black pepper & fascination. $18 B >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For July 23, 2011

Vinted on July 23, 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 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Fleshy/acidic, a match made in Purgatory; lovely tropical fruit & herbs offer salvation $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Rutini La Rural Vino Dulce Encabezado de Malbec (Maipu): Chocolate & berry liqueur melt into dried cherry, rum & general bliss. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Licia Albarino (Rias Baixas): Fleshy? Yep – but also tropical, herbal & a pretty versatile, nimble performer at the dinner table. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Annie’s Lane Riesling (Clare Valley): Petrol, lime, & spice all working together far more productively than our current US Congress $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Rolf Binder Halliwell (Barossa): Shiraz/Grenache; Think dried cranberry reduction sauce & venison and you’ll get really close. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pirineos Mesache Rosado (Somontano): For those who are even *thinking* about serving strawberries & balsamic at an upcoming picnic $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Protos Verdejo (Rueda): Crazy value. Tropical, herbal, floral, surprisingly complex & made for grilled octopus on hot Summer nights $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Simi Merlot (Sonoma County): Right Bank Bord’x visits Sonoma & hits the gym. Tea leaf, olives, black fruit & nary an ounce of flab. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Loosen Bros. Dr.L Riesling (Mosel): The Dr is still IN, as is his impressive ability to capture Mosel soul at a great price point. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cataldo Sauvignon (Sicilia): Badda-bing! This is creamy, grassy, lemony & just one hell of a food-versatile find for the moolah. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peter Mertes Platinum Late Harvest Riesling Spatlese (Rheinhessen): Not shy about the sweetness, but maybe too shy about the spice. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Concannon Righteously Rose (Livermore Valley): Red berry & meat combo will cause a headfake, but not after U taste it w/ pancetta. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Rondel Cava Pura Raza Brut (Cava): Short on finish, but long on green apple, pear & cream – and even longer on elegant value. $9 B- >>find this wine>>

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For July 16, 2011

Vinted on July 16, 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!

  • 00 D’Oliveiras Madeira Moscatel Reserva (Madeira): That’s 1900, folks. Has the spicy spirit of a spinster. About as good as it gets. $500 A+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Modus Operandi Vicarious (Napa Valley): Pushing the limits of ripe dark berry; but damn, that concentrated fruit is easy to like. $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Peppery spice pushes this steakhouse fave a few paces ahead of the jammy Zin pack. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 J Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Black Raspberry+ Spices = Hedonist’s Delight. Even more solid (& fun) than the 07. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 J Vineyards Pinot Gris (CA): Floral, tropical & uncomplicated; in other words, just about a perfect pairing for a hot Summer night $16 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling Reserve (Finger Lakes): Big, & moody; but there’s true beauty in its apricot, apple & citrus zest. $24 B >>find this wine>>

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