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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 24, 2012

Vinted on September 24, 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!

  • 11 Roark Wine Co Chenin Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley): The journey gets better the farther you go down this rock-strewn freshwater stream. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Andrew Murray Terra Bella Vineyard Grenache (Paso Robles): Spicy & balanced, dusty & floral, jamy & jammin’ on the licorice. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Andrew Murray Watch Hill Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Portable BBQ of meat, spices, dried herbs, char & raspberry reduction $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Andrew Murray Camp 4 Vineyard RGB White (Santa Ynez Valley): Minerality + white flowers + melons = 750ml of crowd-pleasing juice. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 e11even Wines This IS Eleven Red (Central Coast): Dark fruit that’s plummy, toasty & flamboyant, but also pretty damn buoyant. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 e11even Wines Unplugged White (Central Coast): A lot of juicy verve for a tropical, pithy wine that’s going acoustic on us. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bien Nacido Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Now that’s a spicy (& peppery, & rich, & pithy, & interesting) meatball! $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Flint & edgy, as if that flint might just give off a spark & catch something on fire. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bien Nacido Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): The Force (of the mineral water & gorgeous, pithy citrus) is strong in this 1. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Angeli Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): So much heft, yet with so much lift, it’s like a bodybuilder performing Swan Lake. $68 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Originals Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): A focused & complex stare that would befit a a pro poker championship player. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Estate Syrah (Santa Ynez Calley): Pepper & flowers, meat & minerals, lift & vibrancy; a sigh wishing more were like this. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman L’Avion Roussanne (Santa Ynez Valley): Stately, fleshy, toasty, & excellent package sealed with a drop of paraffin. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Francis Ford Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Jam, jam, jam, but with just enough juice to avoid jive talkin’. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Francis Coppola Votre Sante Chardonnay (California): Guiltily hedonistic but refreshing, like a surreptitious quickie at a party. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mounts Family Winery Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Wears leather, will bing chocolates, but is almost creepily enthusiastic. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Like spicy dried figs? Well, you just found your liquid happy place. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Bastianich Adriatico Friulano (Colli Orientali): A little peachy, a little funky, a little nutty, a little zesty, a lot refreshing. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Riverbench Mesa Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Don’t let the sweet red berries fool ya, it’s serious in that pithy structure. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 17, 2012

Vinted on September 17, 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!

  • 10 Municipal Winemakers Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Blueberries in enough juicy quantity that it would make a fruit stand jealous. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Municipal Winemakers Dark Red (Santa Barbara County): Considerably more dusty, juicy, spicy & rustic fun than its name implies. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Municipal Winemakers Bright Red (Santa Barbara County): Aptly named, but also rustic, meaty & savory enough to get serious. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Municipal Winemakers Blanche Chenin Blanc (Santa Barbara County): Pear, blossoms & as much bright fun as Chenin will let you have. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Entropy Pinot Noir (Bien Nacido): Working its hands away in the garden dirt, all the while wearing beguiling perfume. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Les Galets Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Kicking your ass w/ sweet spices, black raspberries & stones $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Pinot Noir H Block (Bien Nacido): Last vintage due to disease, but it’s making a sexy, pouting-lipped, dark-eyed exit. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Crockett (Anniversary Release; Santa Barbara County): Syrah & Petit Sirah showed up with all the spices for the BBQ. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Rodney likes his meat charred & prefers a stogie when the meal is done $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Clone 115 Pinot Noir (Sta Rita Hills): Generous, dark, plumy, tinged with herbs, & hot; bright enough to still shine. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fess Parker Ashley’s Pinot Noir (Sta Rita Hills): If you stay for tea at the finish, you’ll be staying for a very long time indeed $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Riesling (Santa Barbara County): Gave you limes, pumped your gas, and then you got a sweet candy kiss at the end. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Viognier (Santa Barbara County): Mouthful of melon, nosefull of white grapes & flowers, & a bellyful of happy. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Epiphany Grenache Blanc Camp Four Vineyard (Santa Barbara County): Fruit basket, pretty white flowers, side of mineral water. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Ashley’s Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): A pretty touchdown pass. & they successfully went for the two-point conversion $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Clos Marie Manon Blanc (Coteaux du Languedoc): Melons, nut, & a floral sea breeze that feels like it’s just blown in from Italy. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 De Toren Fusion V (Stellenbosch): A red in the mood for a porterhouse steak; but it already practically *is* a porterhouse steak. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin BLanc (Stellenbosch): Toasty, concentrated, funky & fabulous, should get Chardonnay lovers swooning. $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Georges Duboeuf Domaine Jean-Ernest Descombes Morgon (Morgon): Plum, pepper, pith & pretty flowers; take it out for sausage pizza. $15 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 10, 2012

Vinted on September 10, 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!

  • 08 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like black licorice? Then I’ve got something you gotta try in about 7 years. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Mayacamas Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Mt. Veeder): Looks big & boxy at 1st, but possesses a racy lime-&-grass engine under the hood $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): More bling than zing, but dig the violets, mint & black cherry. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Girth like Larry the Cable Guy, but melon, rind & opulence that’s way more serious. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pence Ranch West Slope Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara): Not quite ready to wake from its savory, plummy, herbal, earthy & pithy slumber $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Dierberg Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Intense, leathery stuff; salted meat w/ sides of blackberry, plum & chocolate dessert. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon): Not only demanding with its structure, but demands that you *really* dig sage, too. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): New vines, tons of promise; but won’t deliver on that weighty structure for about 6 yrs. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Still life with a ton of just-ripe apples & peaches, done in textural & linear strokes. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon): Opulent, visceral & elegant; like a swimsuit model photo shoot set on a tropical shore. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Verna’s Estate Viognier (Santa Barbara County): A palate that’s broader (& with more wet rocks) than a freshwater stream. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Geek alert: there’s pepper & blue flowers to spare! Always nice to find 1 like this. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Carries Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Concentrated & rich w/out being obnoxious, & w/ more chalk than a blackboard $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Jumping herbs eventually jump out of the way of plums, smoke, meat & muscle. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Melville Estate Inox Clone 76 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Tight, bright, & stripped of all pretense (apart from white flowers). $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Funky, fresh & nearly seamless; like Burgundy on a short California vacation. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 La Follette Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Character over caution, personality over perfection, risk & reward $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Distracting sexiness, like trying hard not to look at the cleavage. $47 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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