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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 29, 2012

Vinted on October 29, 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 Mailly Grand Cru Brut Reserve (Champagne): Fruity, pithy, floral & toasty finish singing the chorus from Ain’t No Stopping Us Now. $37 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • NV Robert Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut (Champagne): Pithy, focused, pure & rocking the eternal lightness of biscuit-being. $35 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Godspeed Vineyards Chardonnay (Mt. Veeder): The Kool-Aid Man, pineapple flavor, in full-on “Oh YEAH!” mode; & he’s wearing a tux. $28 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel (Sonoma County): All the soulfulness you’d expect after nearly 40 years of practice at this. $17 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Robert Young Vineyards Petit Verdot (Alexander Valley): Forward, pretty, w/flowers in her hair, & bit of plump around her middle. $54 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Kamen Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County): More buxom than downright pretty, but then why look such a generous gift horse in the mouth $42 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 DeLoach Pennacchio Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Somehow priced like it’s only 1/2 as fragrant, vibrant & delicious $45 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 La Follette Dunah Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Just daring you to try & mock its vibrant, spiced-plum life force. $48 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Inspiration Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): So complex it confuses itself at times, but makes for interesting company $36 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Ceja Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): So bright that it might as well be shining a guiding light directly aimed at the dinner table. $50 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Ceja Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Coast): Veggies, herbs & citrus that manage to have just enough weight without really getting weighty. $22 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 06 Ehret Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley): Black plummy liveliness that likes its dark leather wardrobe just fine. $36 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Mac Murray Ranch Winemakers Block Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Texturally it’s an entire Please Touch museum for your tongue $60 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Mac Murray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): So juicy, pithy & vibrant, you could smell if coming from over 50 paces. $22 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Gris (Russian River Valley): Pop goes the weasel, if the weasel was made of melons & stone fruits, that is. $17 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 08 Robert Young Vineyards Scion (Alexander Valley): Friendly up front w/ chocolatey plums, but that spicy finish ain’t foolin’ around $62 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 08 Robert Young Vineyards Chardonnay (Alexander Valley): Suck up the cream with a straw, & beneath stand apples in pithy splendor. $42 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Kelly And Young Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley): Pink grapefruit, ripe, ready & like it came right off of the farm’s tree. $24 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Rodney Strong Alexanders Crown Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Focused, determined, unyielding… & the best AC Cab yet. $75 A- >>find it at snooth<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 22, 2012

Vinted on October 22, 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 Bodega Tacuil Vinas de Davalos (Salta): A porterhouse with fresh berry compote reduction & herbs; to be served in about 7 years. $100 A- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 06 Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): Like polishing off the whole box of chocolate-covered licorice all by yourself. $65 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 07 Hasta Que Se Agoten Xikbal Baja Cabernet Sauvignon (Guadalupe Valley): A blocky, oaky gait, but plenty of plummy & herbal promise. $38 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Zenato San Benedetto Lugana (Lugana): Well helloooooo there, big stone fruits & honey; now, I am going to dreeeeeink you! $14 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Mirror Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Textural & robust, it skips the herb garden for low-hanging, ripe tropical fruit. $24 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 08 Mirror Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Rich, chocolaty, dense and airing it out down-field in big steakhouse style. $75 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • NV Grahams 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Grab the monocle, light the stogie for this burnt caramel, dried fig & toasted nut show. $34 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 11 Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling (Alsace): Imagine being shrunk to the size of a bug, eating lime & then breaking into a spice box. $19 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Andrew Murray Vineyards Terra Bella Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Bringing the badass Paso Robles rumble like a tricked-out Harley $36 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Masut Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir (Mendocino): Your new Pinot jam? Coffee, toast & red berry jam, *that’s* your new Pinot jam. $40 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 09 Tudal Family Winery Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Tea, raspberry scone & wild mushroom soup, all homemade $42 B+ >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Ogier Heritages (Cotes du Rhone): Verve, and heat, & the oak’s a touch sweet; but then, so’s the price for what you’re getting. $13 B- >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Ogier Heritages Blanc (Cotes du Rhone): U didn’t know lemon & peach blossom could unleash this style of nutty, oily kung-fu, did U? $13 B >>find it at snooth<<
  • 10 Tariquet Chenin Chardonnay (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Like drinking passion fruit, at a bargain price for passion fruit. $10 B- >>find it at snooth<<

 

 

Thirty Days Of The Other (Tasty) Side Of Bordeaux

Vinted on October 17, 2012 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews, wine review

I haven’t always been kind to Bordeaux. Okay, actually I’ve pretty much never been kind to Bordeaux.

But that’s because Bordeaux’s most visible stand-bearers – the classified growths at the high-end of the production spectrum, making wines that most of us 99%-ers cannot afford – hasn’t really been all that kind itself to the general wine marketplace, pricing its wines more in-line with rampant consumerist greed than with real value for money.

But that’s not the only Bordeaux story – it just happens to be the most prevalent one. There’s another side of Bordeaux, the side that produces something like ninety percent of its wine, priced in the budget ranges and made in volumes that make California look small-time. Put another way, in the words of Chateau Rauzan Despagne’s Thibault Despagne (who I met while touring Bordeaux in September as a media guest of Planet Bordeaux):

“We always hear that Bordeaux is arrogant and too expensive. And yes, I agree – but that isn’t the only story. The journalists are the problem.”

And I came to realize during my Bordeaux jaunt that Thibault isn’t wrong – we do spend an inordinate amount of time complaining talking about the upper-echelons of Bordeaux, and often don’t recognize the lower-end – the 99%-ers – of Bordeaux at all. But it’s not without some justification; there’s still a lot of bad low-end wine being made there.

But… having said that… I did get a bit of a crash course in non-sucky Bordelaise wine, and I can’t actually review it (at least, not conventionally – more on that in a minute), because I got that crash-course Bordelaise style…

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