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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 20, 2012

Vinted on August 20, 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 Izadi Expresion (Rioja): Tart red plum core wrapped up in some very serious dark cherry & leather. To unfold in a dozen years. $100 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Izadi Rioja Blanco (Rioja): Bait-&-switch elegance; from tropical, heady, floral to linear, citric, pithy, & chalky in seconds. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Loosen Dr L Riesling (Mosel): Still the lovely, floral, stone-fruit benchmark for a budget intro. to world’s greatest wine region. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Manousakis Nostos Syrah (Chania): So modern, stoney, chewy & dusty you’ll think you’re in WA state instead of on a Greek isle. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Manousakis Nostos Alexandra’s (Chania): GSM with plush, juicy black & red fruit that wasn’t afraid to get its hands a little dirty. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Manousakis Nostos Roussanne (Chania): A modern broad, but not too modern or too broad; tropical, toasty & just very easy to like. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Diamantakis Diamond Rock Red (Crete): Their 2008 DRR’s younger, more brooding, gritty & slightly-less-interesting little brother. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Diamantakis Diamond Rock Red (Crete): Syrah meets Greek Mandilari, match results in plummy, vibrant, over-achieving love child. $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Diamantakis Prinos Red (Crete): Herbs, pepper, red plums, raspberries & stones served up in an easy-going style on a leather plate. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Diamantakis Prinos White (Crete): Malvasia di Candia Aromatica & Chardonnay; mouthful 2 say & a floral, mineral, citric one 2 drink $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Diamantakis Vidiano (Crete): Promising, pithy, vibrant, apple-&-grapefruit start from new vines; bringing character to the party. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Domaine Les Chenevieres Macon-Villages Chardonnay (Macon-Villages): Apple-in-yo-face to start, but all poised minerals form there. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Arnaldo Caprai Anima Umbra Bianco (Umbria): A mixed bag intro to Grachetto; nuts, flower & apples, but they’re sprinkled w/ iodine $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chanson Bourgogne Pinot Noir (Bourgogne): Like a funk-filled live wire; well armor yourself with food before approaching this one. $19 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Pepper Bridge Pepper Bridge Vineyard Red (Walla Walla): Food options are limited; but the chocolate, spice & dusty tannins aren’t. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 13, 2012

Vinted on August 13, 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!

  • 81 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 (Rioja): Licorice, tea leaf, fig, spice & awesomeness just checked in as the mayors of your mouth. $250 A >>find this wine>>
  • 95 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 (Rioja): Tight, intricate savory balsamic & stewed plum act; finish measured in senate term lengths $149 A >>find this wine>>
  • 82 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 (Rioja): Symphonies don’t unfold as complexly, slowly, vibrantly, enticingly & gorgeously as this. $200 A >>find this wine>>
  • 98 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 (Rioja): Plums on sandalwood to start, tea to finish, & top-notch balsamic on the herbs in-between. $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 04 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (Rioja): On its way to being wonderful (& too funky), but earthy finish alone is worth the $. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 01 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial (Rioja): An absolute triumph of long-lived fruity/herbal complexity, freshness & value $30 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Vina Alberdi Reserva (Rioja): More dark fruit, balsamic & structure than you’d expect at this price (& maybe a bit more oak, too). $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Finca San Martin Crianza (Rioja): Classic tobacco-laden Rioja, with a dash of modernly styled plum for good measure (& good value). $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva (Rioja): Elegant, herbal, earthy & so electrically alive that it could charge a Nissan LEAF for a week. $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Miguel Merino Reserva (Rioja): Dusty, firm, punishing structure that will provide a cherry, tobacco & earth bounty to the patient. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Miguel Merino Vitola Reserva (Rioja): Martha Stewart probably wishes that her kitchen smelled this earthy, spicy, elegant, & fresh $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz (Rioja): Carignan right at home, & at its brambly, peppery, structured, sour-cherry best.$23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Palacios Remondo Placet Valtomelloso (Rioja): An odd bird, canned peas for 1 wing & rich citrus for the other; but it still flies. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Palacios Remondo Propriedad (Rioja): Violets & pepper meet blueberry & tobacco; rich sexiness ensues, if not a sense of place. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Ponzi Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley): Favors flavor, flowers & tropics over balance, but wins over with its willingness to party. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ponzi Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): An earthy, peppery, cherry & raspberry welcome mat to introduce you to what WV is all about. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 6, 2012

Vinted on August 6, 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!

  • 00 Sandeman Vau Vintage Vintage Port (Porto): Spicy, dark, viscous & struggling with the weight of its own generous fruit burdens. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman Founders Reserve Port (Porto): Just enough pepper & fresh blue fruits & figs to stave off all those woody staves. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo): Rhubarb gets its due as a main course, sides of meat & toast. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay (Dundee Hills): A spar between pithy citrus peel, sweet tropical fruit, & creamy luxury $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Puiatti Zuccole Pinot Grigio (Fruili): Like lemon, apple, melon cleaned clearly in mineral water; why go to any other PG region? $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo (Puglia): Tone down your average CA Zin, keep a hint of the jaminess & add a healthy dash of pepper $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tormaresca Neprica (Puglia): Negroamaro, Primitivo, & Cab all playing nice with leather, cassis, licorice, & plummy toys. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Famlia Eguren Vinedos de Paganos La Nieta (Rioja): Has character, like Antonio Banderas when he’s acting & not going thru motions. $145 A >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva (Rioja): Sandalwood, pepper, dusty earth, dark cherry, red plums & perfumey elegance. $56 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido (Rioja): Lift, leather, lilting flowers; marred only by a bit too heavy a syrupy maple oak dollop. $56 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sierra Cantabria Organza (Rioja): Fruit cocktail in a glass now, but structured enough to carry that tropical fruit some distance. $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Sierra Cantabria Amancio (Rioja): Old school savory, floral, toasty Rioja gets focused, minty, plummy – & damn excellent – turn. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sierra Cantabria Finca El Bosque (Rioja): Finely hewn & muscular, from densely-packed tobacco & black cherry to toasty finish. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Senorio de San Vicente Rioja (Rioja): Hairy Tempranillo chewing black raspberry, snorting dried herbs & spitting smoke tobacco $56 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica (Rioja): Don’t let the wood fool ya, things get spicy, plummy, fresh & bright before it’s all over. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva (Rioja): Give it time in the glass, those dried blueberries, cherries, tobacco & licorice are shy. $38 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marques de Caceres Rose (Rioja): Its Strawberry brings a little crowd-pleasing sunshine, but its bite brings a little bit of rain. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Skouras Megas Oenos (Peleponnese): Under that veil of oak spice stands cassis, graphite, confidence & an affinity for skirt steak. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Skouras Saint George Aghiorghitiko (Nemea): Like Cab Franc’s talented lil’ brother; leather, sour dark cherry & big bro’s spiciness $15 B >>find this wine>>
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