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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For May 7, 2011

Vinted on May 7, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Ludwig "Hammerklavier" Pinot Noir/Dornfelder (Santa Lucia Highlands): Has more character than any primetime police drama out there. $28 B #
  • 08 V. Sattui Glisson Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley): Big, jammy, spicy & quite damn happy about it ThankYouVeryMuch! $36 B #
  • 10 Folonari Moscato (Piave): Kinda like the neighbors’ dog – affable, sweet but a after a while too in-your-face for extended company. $8 C+ #
  • 10 Innocent Bystander Moscato (Victoria): The whole fruit cup’s here, along w/ a little spritz, very little booze & a whole lot of fun $35 B #
  • 08 Sanford "Sanford & Benedict vineyard" Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): She’s a beauty, but it’s gonna be a long (4+ years) courtship. $60 B+ #
  • 08 Sanford Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Oaky & >14% abv? Yeah, but it’s fruity, tangy & herbal enough to stand up tall to all of that $40 B #
  • 08 Sanford Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Yeah, come to think of it I *will* take a side of roasted nuts with that tropical fruit. $21 B #
  • 07 Flowers "Andreen-Gale" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Like the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, it kicks ass (& has a hint of a Dark Side). $50 A- #
  • 07 Krutz "Stagecoach Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The coach is smokin’ up a boozy – but downright spicy – fire! $69 B+ #
  • 05 D’Argenzio Randy Rhoads Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Almost as much prune & plum as Randy had amazing metal licks. *Almost*. $53 B #
  • 08 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): The fruit is Hefty Hefty Hefty! The balance is Wimpy Wimpy Wimpy! $55 B #
  • 09 Markus Huber Obere Steigen Gruner Veltliner (Niederösterreich): The kind of wine a hefty CA-style salad dreams about when it sleeps $18 B #
  • 07 Draconis Petite Sirah "Classic" (Lodi): Unbeatable PS, with no BS. A spicier, meat-friendlier Lodi red probably doesn’t exist. $28 B+ #
  • 09 Susana Balbo Late Harvest Torrontes (Mendoza): Crowd-pleasing lychee/flower bomb to cap off dinner, & just about any dinner will do $24 B #
  • 08 Château d’Esclans "Garrus" (Côtes de Provence): World’s best Rosé? Maybe. One of the most profound, demanding & complex? For sure. $90 A- #
  • 09 Château d’Esclans "Whispering Angel" Rosé (Côtes de Provence): Those angels are basically whispering "Drink Me… NOW…!" $17 B- #

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

Vinted on April 30, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Signorello Padrone (Napa Valley): Enormous & generous in its black & blue fruits, mocha, spices, & levels of sheer booziness. $125 B+ #
  • NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve "White Foil" (Champagne): Sure it’s the real deal, but it might be just a tad *too* much of the real deal. $47 B+ #
  • 06 Twisted Oak *%#&@! (Calaveras County): You’ll only be cursing when the bottle of this bright, peppery, spicy red is finally empty. $18 B #
  • 10 Trivento Reserve Torrontes (Mendoza): Awww, he brought flowers… but he’s a little *too* sweet (& kinda rough around the edges). $11 C+ #
  • 09 De Martino "Legado" Syrah (Choapa): Meatier, smokier and more chewy than a night out at your favorite Brazilian steakhouse. $14 B #
  • 02 Achaval-Ferrer Quimera (Mendoza): Not much missing in this overachieving, savory, gorgeous, stunningly age-worthy Malbec blend. $40 A- #
  • 09 Xumek Malbec (San Juan): A savory surprise with chalkiness & hints of earth & smoke. Big, black & searching for lots of beef. $16 B #
  • 09 ZONDA Malbec/Syrah (San Juan): Great value if you like your reds explosively fruity. Any more in-yo-face & it would *be* yer face. $13 B- #
  • 09 Xumek Chardonnay (San Juan): When the picnic weather warms up this refreshing & food-friendly Chard will be asking for basket space $16 B #
  • 09 Scaggs Vineyard Rosé (Napa Valley): Small bottle, big berry flavor. Downright musical combo of acidic lift, flowers & orange pith. $25 B+ #
  • 08 Scaggs Vineyard Mt. Veeder Montage (Napa Valley): Boz brings real soul to CA GSM. Meaty, leathery, spicy, juicy & impeccably made. $45 A- #
  • 08 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec (Mendoza): To get more blueberry than this you’d need to be at the bottom of a Dannon yogurt cup. $25 B+ #
  • 09 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Inside the cream & oak beats the green-peared heart of a cool-climate Chard. $20 B #

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

Vinted on April 23, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Masút Pinot Noir (Mendocino): Seems the Fetzer bros. off to a slightly-jammy but lively, enticing & complex start. Stay tuned. $40 B+ #
  • 08 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Kinda like sniffing a fab red berry parfait & then downing a shot of grain alcohol. $35 B- #
  • 09 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett (Rheinhessen): Vibrant, tasty but seems a bit too tropical for the castle-strewn Rhine $18 B #
  • 06 Vall Llach Embruix Priorat (Catalunya): Lluís Llach’s complex brew would be music to yer nose if not for the cacophony of booziness $25 B #
  • 08 Loosen Bros. "Dr.L" Riesling (Mosel): Trying to find a cleaner, tangier, livelier Riesling for the $? Yeah good luck with that one. $12 B #
  • 07 Chimney Rock Elevage (Napa Valley): Savory red & black plums writing their names on silk using chalky tannins. Whatever -it works! $79 B+ #
  • 08 Chimney Rock "Tomahawk" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Not as showy as prev vintages but still decked out in some sexy wampum. $115 B+ #
  • 05 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Vally): A damn fine testament to SLD’s silky mouthfeel & firm structure. $62 B+ #
  • 08 Duckhorn Decoy Merlot (Napa Valley): With easy-going blackberry, dried herbs & vanilla, it won’t quack out on you at the steakhouse $25 B #
  • 06 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino: Dried cherry that ain’t too funkay. Very good Brunello primer that dents but won’t break the bank. $50 B+ #
  • 08 Chimney Rock "Clone 7" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): One classy, gorgeous mouthfeel, but many concentrated dark red fruits. $75 B+ #
  • 08 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like the Cab version of "Dark and Lovely"; floral, focused & just fantastic. $155 A- #
  • 08 Hourglass "Blueline" Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fruit’s a tad dry, but the herbs & licorice are expressive (& impressive). $130 A- #
  • 10 Stepping Stone Riesling (Napa Valley): Aromatic & focused? Yep. Tropical? Bring on the Hawaiian shirts. Svelte? Uhmm…. No. $18 B- #
  • 10 Stepping Stone "Corallina" Rosé (Napa Valley): Built ground-up as rosé & it shows from the great color thru the elegant red berries $18 B #
  • 10 Santi Montedoro Moscato (Dolomiti): Peachy, grapey & like Perez Hilton it’s cloying but also sort of charming at the same time. $11 B- #
  • 06 Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage (Dry Creek Valley): A black currant, chocolate & spice sea that sails as smooth as silk. $40 B+ #
  • 09 Smith-Madrone Riesling (Napa Valley): Dear Germany – enjoying Napa; showing off my green fruits; think I’ll stay; Luv U! -Rheingau $27 B #
  • 10 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Tart, chewy & short on finish, but long on velvety red berry fruit (& on value). $12 B- #
  • 09 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Way too much green matched w/ those red fruits, & it sure ain’t X-mas time yet! $12 C #

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

Vinted on April 16, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage (Dry Creek Valley): A black currant, chocolate & spice sea that sails as smooth as silk. $40 B+ #
  • 09 Smith-Madrone Riesling (Napa Valley): Dear Germany – enjoying Napa; showing off my green fruits; think I’ll stay; Luv U! -Rheingau $27 B #
  • 10 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Tart, chewy & short on finish, but long on velvety red berry fruit (& on value). $12 B- #
  • 09 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (Colchagua): Way too much green matched w/ those red fruits, & it sure ain’t X-mas time yet! $12 C #
  • 06 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The fruit is beautifully complex, but they’re playing w/ boozy fire here $135 B+ #
  • 09 Volpi Gavi (Gavi): Starts a little austere, but flashes just enough of the citrusy, tropical leggings to make things enticing. $13 B- #
  • 07 Banfi Belnero (Toscana): Ripe, plush, structured & serious Sangiovese, but the oak flag might have been flown just a bit too long. $39 B #
  • 08 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve (Valle de Aconcagua): Red/black, viscous/tannic, savory/vibrant high-tension-wire balancing act. $100 A- #
  • 07 Seña (Valle de Aconcagua): Starts too green, but is saved by the power of crazy amounts of blue, black & red fruited complexity. $110 A- #
  • 09 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Aconcagua): Starts tangy & pruney, but give it a chance if U dig on tobacco. $25 B #
  • 09 Arboleda Carmenere (Colchagua): Green, lean & peppery; but once it’s in your mouth the vibrant fruit might just make U a believer. $25 B #
  • 10 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay (Casablanca): Get past the cream & toastiness & it kicks all kinds of complex Chard ass 4 the $. $20 B+ #
  • 10 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Lemongrass, starfruit, chili, limes, minerals – a damn, bit of everything! $20 B #
  • 07 Kinien Don Raul (Mendoza): Like chocolate mint & chocolate-covered cherries; it celebrates its own uniqueness (or "eccentricity"). $65 B+ #
  • 08 Kinien Malbec (Mendoza): Black, vibrant, meaty, densely-packed & so concentrated that it demands, well, *concentration*, dammit! $44 B+ #
  • 09 Ruca Malen Petit Verdot (Mendoza): Like a cup of spicy Mexican hot cocoa comin’ right off of being heated by an aromatic wood fire $18 B- #
  • 08 Ruca Malen Malbec (Mednoza): Dark, spicy, savory & S. American in presentation; elegantly floral & (very) French in spirit. $18 B #
  • 10 Yauquén Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Those nice cherries feel kinda trapped in a stemmy, herbal & tightly-tannic cage. $12 C+ #
  • 10 Ruca Malen Chardonnay (Uco Valley): More tropical than a coconut drink on Caribbean holiday vacation (and probably less expensive). $18 B #
  • 08 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): So rich, so fruity, so flowery, so velvety, so tasty; but so friggin’ BIG. $40 B+ #

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