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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 5, 2015

Vinted on January 5, 2015 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!

  • 12 Pina Cellars Low Vineyard Oak Knoll District Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Ostentatious, sure, but far from being obnoxious about it. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ventisquero Grey Las Terrazas Vineyard Single Block Pinot Noir (Ledya Valley): Quite earthy, very herbal, thoroughly overachieving $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): It's tea time, but, alas, the atmosphere of this cafe is uninspiring. $33 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ca' Momi Reserve Pinot Noir (Carneros): Feels over-packed, tense, and a little overburdened for the journey that lies ahead. $50 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (Dry reek Valley): Toasty, fun, & garrulous, but also conducting itself with elegance & aplomb. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Apples, blowing through the jasmine of your mind – & glass $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Wakefield The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Somehow savory & lush, minty but dark, approachable yet an infant now. $180 A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Montes Outer Limits Apalta Vineyard CGM (Colchagua Valley): Young, & misunderstood in its brambly, peppery, wood teenage years. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Funky, but true enough to form that it cannot be denied. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 La Scola Gavi dei Gavi Black Label (Gavi): Telling a long story, at turns complicated, amusing, refreshing, nutty, & engaging. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 06 PureCru PureCos Red Blend (Napa Valley): Finally, someone finds a way to yield the NV Sangiovese sword with precision & skill. $65 A- >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 29, 2014

Vinted on December 29, 2014 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!

  • 12 Quinta do Cume Selection (Douro): Brambly, dusty, friendly, and poppin', making itself quite an amicable regional ambassador. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Pinot car revving on full throttle, ready to make a run on your tongue. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Pratt Vineyard Sexton Road Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sonoma Coast flexing at its mintiest, woodiest, and most powerful. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Shaw Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Cranberry tea being served, in a friendly, showy, flamboyant fashion $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain): Bordeaux comes to the Mount, sketching landscapes in pencil. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Clos Du Val Carneros Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Tropical drink, side of lemon, on the rocks; as in, literally on some mineral rocks $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Argyle Brut Rose (Dundee Hills): So pretty, so piquant, so pithy, so promising, and so obviously waaaaay too young right now. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Vie L'Intruse Mourvedre (North Coast): Well, hello there, you dark, spicy, meaty little stranger, you; so… how YOU doin'? $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pine Ridge Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Deceptively sweet-talking but its character depth can't be denied $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hugel et Fils Gentil (Alsace): Rarely are the results of the kitchen sink so aromatic, floral, vibrant, tasty & crisply refreshing. $15 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 22, 2014

Vinted on December 22, 2014 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 Pine Ridge Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Black licorice, when it's no longer kids' stuff, & after it's been 'made.' $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Maley Brothers Vineyards Lodi Native Wegat Vineyards Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): When "big" & "nuanced" decide to start dating. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Jordan Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Giving a sultry, vivacious nod to Burgundy is, more often than not, a smart thing to do. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Jacquart Brut Rose (Champagne): Do I want some sweet berry biscuits? Hell yeah, I want some sweet berry biscuits! $49 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico (Valpolicella): For those who like to chew reds as much as drink them, but still need it vibrant. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Nieto Senetiner Terroir Blend Malbec (Mendoza): Brambly, licorice-filled, topped with mint, and reveling in its sense of power. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bayten Chardonnay (Constantia): It puts the lime in the coconut, and then serves you homemade butterscotch cookies for dessert. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Durell Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Too rich for the blood of some, just right for the blood of others. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine Grosbois Gabare (Chinon): Certainly lively, but also too funky for its own damn self, & likely for many others, as well. $29 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Argyle Vintage Brut (Willamette Valley): To get more energy than this, you just might need to turn yourself into Electro. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Spell Marimar Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Doesn't skimp on the juiciness, exotic spices, or the length of the exit. $72 A- >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 15, 2014

Vinted on December 15, 2014 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!

  • 11 Bonny Doon Vineyard Bien Nacido X Block Syrah (Santa Maria Valley): Shiraz lovers will want to steer clear of this svelte beauty. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bonny Doon Vineyard Cuvee R Rancho Solo Grenache (Monterey County): A vixen, infused with verve and comfy with its vivacious power $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc (Arroyo Seco): Uhm… errr… so… wait a second, how much is this again? Really? Dang! $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Edetaria Seleccio Old Vines White (Terra Alta): She is liberally applying the heady, oily, rich – and beguiling – perfume. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina Ames Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Dark fruit & earth that start out broad, but lean in with focus at the end. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Castell Reitsteig Spatburgunder (Franken): Sporting dirty leather shoes, but still quite light on the feet that are inside them. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Santi Solane Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Valpolicella): Curt and demanding, almost to a leathery, dry-fruited fault $17 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Wohler Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): You'd better like your cherries, & you'd better like them deep. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Split personality; lovely, lingering, but also pithy and demanding. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sojourn Cellars Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Still a mere babe in herbal, peppery, spiced-fruit swaddling cloth. $59 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Helfrich Grand Cru Steinklotz Gewurztraminer (Alsace): About as crowd-pleasing as the Chinese food with which it should be served. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Briego Crianza Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero): fruity, grippy, lively, leathery, and punching well above its weight class. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<

 

 

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