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

Vinted on September 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!

  • 08 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like black licorice? Then I’ve got something you gotta try in about 7 years. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Mayacamas Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Mt. Veeder): Looks big & boxy at 1st, but possesses a racy lime-&-grass engine under the hood $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): More bling than zing, but dig the violets, mint & black cherry. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Girth like Larry the Cable Guy, but melon, rind & opulence that’s way more serious. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pence Ranch West Slope Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara): Not quite ready to wake from its savory, plummy, herbal, earthy & pithy slumber $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Dierberg Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Intense, leathery stuff; salted meat w/ sides of blackberry, plum & chocolate dessert. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon): Not only demanding with its structure, but demands that you *really* dig sage, too. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): New vines, tons of promise; but won’t deliver on that weighty structure for about 6 yrs. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Still life with a ton of just-ripe apples & peaches, done in textural & linear strokes. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon): Opulent, visceral & elegant; like a swimsuit model photo shoot set on a tropical shore. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Verna’s Estate Viognier (Santa Barbara County): A palate that’s broader (& with more wet rocks) than a freshwater stream. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Geek alert: there’s pepper & blue flowers to spare! Always nice to find 1 like this. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Carries Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Concentrated & rich w/out being obnoxious, & w/ more chalk than a blackboard $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Jumping herbs eventually jump out of the way of plums, smoke, meat & muscle. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Melville Estate Inox Clone 76 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Tight, bright, & stripped of all pretense (apart from white flowers). $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Funky, fresh & nearly seamless; like Burgundy on a short California vacation. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 La Follette Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Character over caution, personality over perfection, risk & reward $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Distracting sexiness, like trying hard not to look at the cleavage. $47 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 3, 2012

Vinted on September 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!

  • 10 Uvaggio Vermentino (Lodi): Well, look at Lodi getting’ all seashell, pear-and-limes refreshing (& overachieving) on us like that! $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Quivira Syrah Wine Creek Ranch (Dry Creek Valley): Still shy, not quite yet revealing its true age-worthy, tart red fruited colors $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bastianich Vespa Bianco (Venezia Giulia): In 6 yrs when it’s delivering the nut’n’honey you’ll know why you forked out for it now $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Torii Mor Olson Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Sophisticated, light on its feet & dancing a pithy jig finish for hours $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Torii Mor Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley): Making beguiling tropical & citric promises that its palate just can’t quite keep. $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Mazza Vineyards Pinot Grigio (Pennsylvania): 1 of PA’s biggest wineries delivering 1 of PA’s biggest (& solidly pithiest) PGs. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Allegro Trio (Pennsylvania): 3 winemakers, 3 grapes, & 1 entire fun meal of blueberries, balsamic, meat, herbs & chocolate dessert. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Manatawny Creek Meritage (Pennsylvania): Toast, currant jam & smoked bacon clearly aren’t just for breakfast anymore, are they? $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Crossing Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Pennsylvania): A savory & aromatic ride piloted by structure w/ an austere sense of purpose. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pinnacle Ridge Pinot Noir (Lehigh Valley): Hot-as-hell vintage births stubborn-as-hell, but herbal-ly fascinating, right coast red. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Blair Vineyards Pinot Noir (Pennsylvania): Solid combo of structure, juiciness, & silky smoothness; thnx 2 whoever brought the tea! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Nimble Hill Cabernet Franc Rose (Pennsylvania): Spices & refreshment rescue basket of slightly candied (but abundant) red berries. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blair Vineyards Pinot Noir (Pennsylvania): Muscular hand, leather glove, fist full of brambly dark red berries, mints, & herbs. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pinnacle Ridge Late Harvest Vidal (Pennsylvania): From the ridge drops a showering of peach, honey, sweet lemon & grapefruit. $20 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 27, 2012

Vinted on August 27, 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 Bastianich Plus (Venezia Giulia): Bianco that proves the real boot of Italy is in the north, & it’s kicking the wine world’s ass. $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fable Jackal Bird (Western Cape): A kitchen sink white blend that’s far more tropically refreshing than its individual parts. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Lions Whisker (Western Cape): Even S. African lions don’t encounter as much game meat & leather as in this Syrah/Mourvedre. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 La Mozza Aragone (Maremma Toscana): Raspberry & dried cherry in a friendly Italian argument over who is more of the true badass. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains): A tight, tart frame upon which hangs plums, minty green & potential. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Bobbejaan Syrah (Western Cape): You’re only a baboon if U dig meaty complex Syrah & don’t go hunting for this one eventually $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Briar Valley Red (Pennsylvania): As rustic as the name, but charming, too; stick around, there’s after-dinner tea on that finish. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Cabernet Franc (Pennsylvania): Toast, coffee, sweet spices, thyme, cherry… wait a second here, am I at Starbucks? $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Crow Woods Cabernet (Lancaster County): Thin, muscular but poised on a wire btw prune & plums, and tea & balsamic. $38 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Cherry Tree Merlot (Lancaster County): Yes, there are cherries here; but there are tangy blackcurrants here, too. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presque Isle Dornfelder (Lake Erie): Like the German settled in PA & doesn’t mind the crazy winters, his cupboard full of pepper. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Chardonnay Reserve (Pennsylvania): Liveliness, with a side of apples, apricots & toasted bread roll for good measure. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Waltz Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay (Lancaster County): What it lacks in linearity it makes up for in richness, cream & minerality. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galen Glen Dry Riesling (Lehigh Valley): Their soils are similar to FLX, turns out their limes-&-minerals crispy Riesling is, too. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Allegro Cadenza (Pennsylvania): Right Bank Bord’x meets Right Bank U.S.; but you’d better be (very) into earthy, savory & red. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Sauvignon (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Lemony Refreshment as ordered; canned peas,too, whether ordered or not. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tariquet Cote (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Chard & Sauvignon finally see past their differences; we r refreshed as a result $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Rose de Pressee (Cotes de Gascogne): Strawberry parade-style entry for a refreshing watermelon main act, rind & all. $8 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Bodega Tacuil RD (Salta): Malbec & Cab as sexy, round (& maybe too soft) as you can expect w/out an ounce of wood framing support. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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