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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<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 8, 2012

Vinted on October 8, 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 Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch): Cassis, cedar & tomato leaf make for strange bedfellows, but they’re tasty bedfellows $29 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Bartinney Chardonnay (Stellenbosch): Short on the zing, but definitely long on the ripe pears, apricots, pineapple, nuts & vanilla. $25 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • NV Mionetto Prosecco Treviso (Prosecco): Green apple soldiers, sailing into battle on melon rind ships & aggressive bubble propulsion $15 B- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 La Follette Manchester Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (Mendocino Ridge): Marzipan, apricots & perfume; quite a way to end the evening. $47 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 La Follette Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): She ruled forcefully, but she also ruled fairly, & the people loved her $38 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Digs in the clay & herbs, then serves berry cobbler for dessert $70 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Batasiolo Sovrana Barbera d’Alba (Barbara d’Alba): Spices, red plum & the concentrated acid of an entire tomato plant in full fruit $19 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 06 Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina Barolo (Barolo): Chocolate & truffles, & fresher than a closing-time martini bar come-on. $83 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Y Rousseau Chardonnay Milady (Mt. Veeder): Funky homemade artisan toast w/ white peach, yellow apple & fig jam, hold the butter. $38 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Gris (Alsace): Definitely has some juicy melony flesh hanging on those pithy, zesty, steely bones. $23 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Terre d’Etoiles Pinot Blanc (Alsace): Spice-ed pear; only you have to say it with a thick German accent. $19 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling (Alsace): Zesty *and* creamy, like someone just served up a bit of gourmet lime & lychee sorbet. $27 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Gris (Alsace): Sweet Lemon drop hovers overhead, & it’s definitely dropping the funk on us, too $16 B- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Seghesio Arneis (Russian River Valley): Then the Italians invaded Northern CA, and the populace was both refreshed & relieved. $22 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Chateau Serame Corbieres (Corbieres): A warming, fulfilling and rustic homemade stew just got set before your weary, hungry eyes. $15 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Spotted Owl Vineyards Chardonnay (Mt. Veeder): Fresh, vibrant pineapple, and it’s canned up with a healthy splash of awesome. $45 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 1, 2012

Vinted on October 1, 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 Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay (Mt. Veeder): Skittish now but don’t bet against its focused determination to prove you wrong later $31 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Continuum (Napa Valley): The artistic structure of its 08 older bro, but gets deeper, darker & ultimately a tad more fascinating. $165 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah (Santa Maria Valley): There’s nothing plodding about this perfumed, peppery, plummy quick-stepper. $52 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Leather for an open gravelly road, red berry en route, tea & meat to finish $57 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Dense dark cherry mountain range, w/ tight pithy, tea-tinged, meaty peaks. $57 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Luminesce Thompson Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Likes things dark, jammy & gritty, but florals make it light on its feet $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Luminesce Presqu’ile Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Dark, rustic & firmly rooted in gravel & dried herbal goodness. $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Storm Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Tea, herbs, citrus & elegant dark cherry, & they’re coming right off the forest floor. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Curtis Heritage Rose (Santa Barbara County): The good kind of MSG; pink, floral, pithy & all-too-easy too fall in like with. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chanin Wine Company Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Maybe a touch thin, but flinty, bright & ready to strike $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chanin Wine Company Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Geeks rejoice; it’s creamy, but briny & linearly drawn. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presqu’ile Presqu’ile Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Savory, spicy, & would be showing if it wasn’t so distinguished. $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presqu’ile Rim Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo): Has baby fat red fruits now, but wants to get earthy when it grows up. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presqu’ile Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Plums, grip, elegance & an endearing penchant for spice & black tea $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Presqu’ile Rose of Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Understated, pithy, wearing a floral boutonniere & gifting fresh red berries. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presqu’ile Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Apples, butter, toast, & tropical fruit all served up on a slate place setting. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Presqu’ile Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Maria Valley): NZ comes to CA, & gets creamy without losing an ounce of its herbal charm. $22 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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