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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 27, 2012

Vinted on August 27, 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 Bastianich Plus (Venezia Giulia): Bianco that proves the real boot of Italy is in the north, & it’s kicking the wine world’s ass. $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fable Jackal Bird (Western Cape): A kitchen sink white blend that’s far more tropically refreshing than its individual parts. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Lions Whisker (Western Cape): Even S. African lions don’t encounter as much game meat & leather as in this Syrah/Mourvedre. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 La Mozza Aragone (Maremma Toscana): Raspberry & dried cherry in a friendly Italian argument over who is more of the true badass. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains): A tight, tart frame upon which hangs plums, minty green & potential. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Bobbejaan Syrah (Western Cape): You’re only a baboon if U dig meaty complex Syrah & don’t go hunting for this one eventually $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Briar Valley Red (Pennsylvania): As rustic as the name, but charming, too; stick around, there’s after-dinner tea on that finish. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Cabernet Franc (Pennsylvania): Toast, coffee, sweet spices, thyme, cherry… wait a second here, am I at Starbucks? $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Crow Woods Cabernet (Lancaster County): Thin, muscular but poised on a wire btw prune & plums, and tea & balsamic. $38 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Cherry Tree Merlot (Lancaster County): Yes, there are cherries here; but there are tangy blackcurrants here, too. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presque Isle Dornfelder (Lake Erie): Like the German settled in PA & doesn’t mind the crazy winters, his cupboard full of pepper. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Chardonnay Reserve (Pennsylvania): Liveliness, with a side of apples, apricots & toasted bread roll for good measure. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Waltz Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay (Lancaster County): What it lacks in linearity it makes up for in richness, cream & minerality. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galen Glen Dry Riesling (Lehigh Valley): Their soils are similar to FLX, turns out their limes-&-minerals crispy Riesling is, too. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Allegro Cadenza (Pennsylvania): Right Bank Bord’x meets Right Bank U.S.; but you’d better be (very) into earthy, savory & red. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Sauvignon (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Lemony Refreshment as ordered; canned peas,too, whether ordered or not. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tariquet Cote (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Chard & Sauvignon finally see past their differences; we r refreshed as a result $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Rose de Pressee (Cotes de Gascogne): Strawberry parade-style entry for a refreshing watermelon main act, rind & all. $8 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Bodega Tacuil RD (Salta): Malbec & Cab as sexy, round (& maybe too soft) as you can expect w/out an ounce of wood framing support. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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>>

 

 

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