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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 12, 2011

Vinted on March 12, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 10 Vina Leyda “Lot 21″ Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley): Amazingly fresh & textbook red-berry PN. Beats the pants off more pricey CA stuff $38 B+ #
  • 10 Los Vascos Rose (Colchagua): Wow, a Cab-based Rose that actually is fruity and refreshing & doesn’t go down harsh. Sign me up. $10 B- #
  • 09 Morande Pinot Noir (Casablanca): Talk about overachieving. Vibrant with red berry, rose petals & a little grit. And a lot to like. $11 B #
  • 10 Emiliana “Eco Balance” Sauvignon Blanc (Bio-Bio): Crazy bargain for starfruit lovers. Cut grass & lime make a nice appearance, too. $7 B- #
  • 06 Casa Silva “Microterroir” De Los Lingues Carmenere (Colchagua): Excellent stuff, but you’d better love Carmenere big-time! $50 B+ #
  • 09 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere (Apalta): Seamless transition from red to blue to black fruits. Killer structure, too (age it) $26 B #
  • 09 Vina Vik red (Millahue): Stunning debut for French-inspired Chilean super-premium Bord’x blend. Looking fwd to what they do in 10 $100 A- #
  • 06 Hall “Bergfeld” Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena): Tense structure belies some seriously delicious, velvety, fruity complexity. $100 A- #
  • 07 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Never mix your reds (bright, dark cherry fruit) & your greens (too much herbal action). $40 B #
  • 07 Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Atlas Peak): The structure and focus scream “take me to the steakhouse, beeeach!” $50 A- #
  • 07 Trinchero Mario’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): There’s chalk-sprinkled violets growing out of those tasty dark plums $50 B+ #
  • 08 Trinchero Chicken Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): “Overachiever” written all over it in its mineral-driven dust. $40 B+ #
  • 08 Trinchero Chicken Ranch Vineyard Merlot (Rutherford): Soft finish to an otherwise full-driving race of ripe red fruits & olive. $40 B #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 5, 2011

Vinted on March 5, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 GROONER Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal): Lime, apple, hints of herbs & more versatility than MacGyver (when it comes to food, anyway). $12 B #
  • 09 Ministry Of The Vinterior Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): That’s a fun pineapple, but it kinda hides a razor blade of acid. $15 C+ #
  • 06 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A boysenberry shrine is built but the structure never fully finds its footing. $61 B+ #
  • 07 Bolen Family Estates Merlot (Napa Valley): Lush plums of every strips show up, but are dancing ringfenced by a booze enclosure. $60 B #
  • 09 Zin 91 Old Vine Zinfandel (CA): Hits its target of everyday, easy-drinking, jammy tastiness. Just don’t look for complexity here. $11 C+ #
  • 08 Misty Oaks “Jones Road” Cabernet Franc (Umpqua Valley): Digging on the dark fruit & chocolate, but pining away for the spice. $28 B #
  • 02 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Amazingly ripe, focused, fragrant wine. Amazingly bad price. $425 A #
  • 07 Franciscan Cuvee Savage Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Further proof that I’m lying to myself about only liking Chablis-styled Chards. $40 A- #
  • 06 Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Patience; it takes hours to show its minty, black currant hand. $65 B+ #
  • 08 Tres Sabores Rutherford Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Picks up right where the 07 left off – spicy, black, vibrant & damn fun. $35 B #
  • 09 Stags’ Leap Winery Viognier (Napa valley): OMG, pears & flowers – it actually tastes like Viognier (& it likes food, too)! Word up $22 B+ #
  • 08 Continuum Red (Napa Valley): Complex as a Lewis Carroll riddle & structured like an Eiffel bridge. Artistic, dark & wonderful. $150 A #
  • 08 Montes Alpha Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Black fruit racing against oak & green stemmy notes, and looks to be just a step behind. $24 B #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Soave: What’s this citrus & almond goodness doin’ at dinner? Rockin’ yer chicken satay, that’s what. $10 B- #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Corvina (Venezie): Fun, juicy, burger-ready, and about bustin’ with dried cherry & earthy strawberries. $10 B- #
  • 07 Hestan Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Impeccably-made, but best for fruit-lovers as even the long finish is juicy on this one. $100 A- #
  • 08 Hestan Chardonnay (San Francisco Bay): This was a surprise; creamy, smooth apricot & spice from a place not yet on the wine radar. $50 B+ #
  • 07 Stephanie Merlot (Napa Valley): Olives, pepper & a dash of raisiny Cab Sauv rounds out a juicy (and fairly-priced) Merlot recipe. $35 B+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 26, 2011

Vinted on February 26, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 99 Royal Tokaji Mezes Maly 6 Puttonyos (Tokaji): Honey, quince, white tea, orange, sultana & a little slice of nearly pure heaven. $150 A #
  • 01 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A truly elegant (& fairly-priced) diamond in the purple-soaked, extracted rough of the NV $80 A #
  • 07 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Pretty, svelte & food-friendly; but just a little too rough around the edges goin’ down. $35 B #
  • 07 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like an artistic engineering feat; the real beauty is in the structure $135 A- #
  • 08 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel (Calistoga): The lighter, spicier side of jammy Zin. Close access to grilled burgers required. $30 B+ #
  • 09 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (Napa Valley): If you like citrus & peaches, you’ve found your happy place (but the seats are pricey) $50 B+ #
  • 09 Chateau Montelena Riesling (Potter Valley): Gotta give them props for getting lime and a nice citrusy zing from a warm spot. $24 B- #
  • 03 Marcassin Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Savory, earthy but BIG. Hey, even famous statues look cracked from close up $180 B+ #
  • 09 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs (Nahe): The white flowers & apricot put it firmly into “Wow!” territory $60 A #
  • 03 Chateau Pontet-Canet (Pauillac): Hot year gives enough pure, bombastic black cherry to keep the stinky funk menace in check. B+ $85 #
  • NV Bollinger Special Cuvee (Champagne): The house’s hand is toasty, lush & full of green apple. And it’s definitely a winning hand. $65 B+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 19, 2011

Vinted on February 19, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Stepping Stone Syrah (Napa Valley): An aggressive come-on, but after the fun, jammy black raspberry, vanilla tryst all is forgiven. $20 B #
  • 09 Stepping Stone "Cuveé Musqué" Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): A little fleshy; but star fruit, melon & citrus keep it svelte enough. $16 B #
  • 10 Crios Rose of Malbec (Mendoza): Vibrant, candied red berries are ridin’ side-saddle with full-bodied alcohol & a lil’ astringency. $11 B- #
  • 06 Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza (Navarra): Solid, but like so many other Crianzas it tastes a bit too much like the wood it slept in. $15 B- #
  • 09 Bodegas San Martin Ilagares Tinto (Navarra): The lighter, inexpensive, burrito-ready, overachieving side of Tempranillo & Garnacha. $8 B- #
  • 06 Napa Angel "Aurelio’s Selection" (Napa Valley): Well, the blackberry & cedar spice certainly are heavenly. Stunning Cabernet debut. $90 A #
  • 05 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (Constantia): Less orange & more honeysuckle nectar than in prev. vintages. I’m not complaining. $50 A- #
  • NV Bollinger Brut Rosé (Champagne): Takes you on a fruit journey from tart cherry to red apple, w/ some tantalizing stops in between $100 A- #
  • 06 Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Dark fruit, spice & black licorice savings bond that hasn’t quite yet come due $50 A- #

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