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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 20, 2011

Vinted on August 20, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Bonny Doon Alamo Creek Syrah (San Luis Obispo): Who starting blaring Funky Town at Pepper & Black Raspberry’s elegant wedding? $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Tabarrini Sagrantino (Montefalco): W/ that tar & tannin, will put hair on your chest. And back. And probably everywhere else too. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Raats Original Chenin Blanc Unwooded (South Africa): Not as complex as previous years but as inviting & approachable as Chenin gets $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Rudi Schultz Syrah (Stellenbosch): Meaty, Beaty, Big, & Jammy. And Oakey. Ok, & maybe a just a tad too Bouncy as well. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Valckenberg Gewurztraminer (Pfalz): Tasty & floral, but with balance like that, it might need to stick to the training wheels. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais-Villages): Stems are still on those violets & berries, but they look good w/ dinner $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Two Princes Riesling (Nahe): If you… wanna drink for hours (at >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Hello, CA! Golden apple, creme brulee, vanilla, peach & a bit too much heat. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): A little (too) lush/creamy but the splash of Sauv Gris is a nice addition $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chalk Hill Estate Red (Russian River Valley): Wow. Tough to convey how much ass this could kick if they can get the abv down a bit $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): Compressed can of well-structured spicy black fruit kickass. Give it 6 yrs $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sebastiani Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Chocolates, flowers, and a dark (cherries) side. A dead-sexy combo for date night. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sebastiani Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Put-together, but *well* put-together. Apricot, cream, apples, citris & over-achievement. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Spicy, weighty, rich but not w/out tart red berry. One for the yacht club. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Mineraly & tropical Chard’s more experienced & slightly curvier big sister. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 13, 2011

Vinted on August 13, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (Chianti): Lots of pretty fruit, lots of lithe balance, & a bit of (slightly distracting) funk. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Georg Breuer Riesling Terra Montosa (Rheingau): Who can refuse candied ginger & flowers? Especially when they go so well w/ dinner $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fred Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner (Niederosterreich): Zesty. As in, “possessing lime zest” zesty. Tailor-made for Summer nights. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Spring Mountain vineyard Syrah (Napa Valley): Meaty, blue-fruited, spicy, has a rough edge – & sure as hell isn’t messing around. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 96 Williams Selyem Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Big, earthy, dark & smokey. Won’t beguile you, but *will* own you. $120 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 96 Williams Selyem Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Rarely can one use “liltingly gorgeous” & actually mean it. $100 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lincourt Courtney’s Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Elegance, riding in on stoney minerals, trumps tropical buttery-ness (our hero!) $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Lincourt la Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez): Ok there’s the oak thing. But there’s the leather/licorice thing too. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley): Sort of like ‘death by lime, lemongrass, pink grapefruit & chalk.’ But in a good way. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Clifford Bay Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Raging baking spices. Raging, juicy red berry fruit. Raging, racy structure. Raging bargain. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Clean as a whistle, crisp as fresh grapefruit, & cheaper than a latte at Peet’s in SFO $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Brouilly (Brouilly): A serious pepper & red berry Beaujolais show. But might be suffering from a case of Morgon envy $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc (Rully): Carries apple, spice, citrus, a good deal of charm, and probably a slightly elevated price tag $20 B- >>find this wine>>

 

 

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For August 6, 2011

Vinted on August 6, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): A touch off-kilter now… but let’s see in 10+ yrs… $27 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros): This guy is really, really likeable – but man, I think maybe he smokes too much. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Blackberry, blueberry, plum, cedar, cinnamon & granite. Are we baking pie in my kitchen? $140 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Altvs (Napa Valley): Brooding, black, spicy, and more beautifully complex & multi-dimensional than most Calabi–Yau manifolds. $75 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chacewater Syrah (Red Hills): A bit of RS & near 16% abv can’t keep this fruity, balanced big boy down. Sometimes fruit bombs work. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Jed Steele Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County): What kind of herbal, zesty bargain is this? Expect the price to go up… $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ceago Vinegarden Del Lago Syrah Rose (Lake County): Strawberry lovers… Unite! Strike at yonder salad with all speed! Attack!!! $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ceago Vinegarden Muscat Canelli (Lake County): A gift of flowers & sweets for that bowl of spicy Asian noodles you’re eying up. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Quinta do Vallado Vinho Tinto (Douro): What ground it loses in vibrancy is more than made up for in heaps of dried herbs & red plum $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Meritage (Virginia): It’s velvety. It’s fruity. But it ain’t quite spicy enough. Give it a chance (& a bit of time). $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Michael Shaps Merlot (Virginia): Black fruit, black olive & spices so hoppin’ they could stand in for a Mexican jumping bean. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Viognier (Virginia): Peachy, pithy & elegant. Just not sure the fruit is gonna stand up long-term to all that verve. $32 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Michael Shaps Chardonnay (Virginia): Lemon curd, cream & enough vitality (& structure… and character…) for a long haul. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Williamsburg Winery Acte12 Chardonnay (Virginia): Apples, a fair amount of bite, & not short on complexity; a.k.a., a total bargain $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blenheim Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Virginia): Ripe/fruity enough to be inviting, minty/herbal enough to keep you at the party. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blenheim Vineyards Viognier (Virginia): The peach farm is surrounded by white flowers, & they won’t mind if you bring chips & salsa $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Blenheim Vineyards Blenheim Farm Chardonnay (Virginia): A peachy/zesty charmer w/ nary an ounce of flab (but several oz of balance) $21 B >>find this wine>>
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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For July 30, 2011

Vinted on July 30, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Trapiche Vina Adolfo Ahumada Malbec (Mendoza): Sooo much yummy black cherry, sandalwood & leathery complexity. But soooo much oak. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Keswick Vineyards Verdejo (Monticello): Hey, who let that Spanish guy in here? Crisp, tropical, fruity – & very, very quaffable. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cooper Vineyards Norton (VA): Brambly meets savory, with a side of red berries & vanilla. The bad-ass anise brings it all home. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Cooper Vineyards Viognier (VA): Full of peaches & limes, & asking you to run out & buy some VA crab cakes, which it craves dearly. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 First Colony Winery Chardonnay Reserve (Monticello): Cheaper than an aroma fault kit, with just about the same result. Avoid. $18 D >>find this wine>>
  • 09 First Colony Winery Petit Verdot (VA): Compelling case built for VA PV on this spice, graphite, dark fruit, tomato leaf & cranberry $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Jefferson Vineyards Meritage (VA): Methodical, pleasant & as structured (ok, & maybe as stiff, too) as the founding father himself. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Jefferson Vineyards Viognier (VA): If you spent hours searching for the ripest honeysuckle flowers when U were a kid, then try this $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chrysalis Vineyards Viognier (VA): Floral, classic & a testament to why VA is trying to hang their signature grape hat on Viognier $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Locksley Reserve (VA): Black licorice, cola; angular & strange, but w/ beauty like an abstract painting $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Emma Pearl Chardonnay (Central Coast): Vibrant & accessible style. So many cut flowers it’s like walking right into the flower shop $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Chateau Mukhrani Saperavi (Mukhrani): Classic Georgian (the republic, not the state!); stewed prunes, black pepper & fascination. $18 B >>find this wine>>
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