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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 9, 2012

Vinted on July 9, 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!

  • 07 Batasiolo Barolo (Barolo): A lot to like in its inky, leather depths, but it’s definitely ripeness & extract before beauty here. $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Batasiolo Granee del Comune di Gavi (Gavi): Delivers pears with almond blossoms, and it pairs with awesome blossom; Summer awaits! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Valdobbiadene): Creaminess is the fulcrum point for this serious (yes, it’s actually serious) Pros. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Picardy Pemberton Chardonnay (Pemberton): Soft, delicate & spiced apple muffins, followed up with a mineral water chaser. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Valdicava Madonna del Piano (Brunello di Montalcino Riserva): Complex finish goes for eons, but The Odd Funk is strong w/ this 1. $250 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Arnaldo-Caprai Rosso Montefalco Riserva (Montefalco): Like the earth & dirt had dried the cherries for you & saved you the trouble $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Estampa LaCruz (Colchagua): Spicy, inviting & sexy; Carmenere lovers will have their feelings vindicated – & the love returned. $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Estampa Estate Malbec Petite Sirah (Colchagua): Blue flowers, black cherries, dark earth; big but likes ot show its fresh side, too $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Estampa Gold Syrah Cabernet Merlot Malbec (Colchagua): Bright red fruit & perfume putting on generous, expressive fireworks show. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Estampa Reserve Syrah Cabernet Merlot (Colchagua): Savory red plums, meats & an eye focused on the long haul; a screaming value. $17 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Estampa Estate Viognier Chardonnay (Colchagua): What would be a disaster match from other regions is perfumed/vibrant & poised here $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Callia Alta Torrontes (Valle de Tulum): Pith, lychee, flowers, liveliness; leaner (& leaner on your wallet) than a ghost on a diet. $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Argiolas Costamolino (Sardegna): Went ahead & got the ginger, cashews, melon & lemon preserves from the gourmet market for you. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 GROONER Gruner Veltliner (Niederosterreich): Juicy, w/ a side of pepper; get a stopwatch for the overachieving lime zest finish. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde White (Vinho Verde): Contains apples, zest, money-saving value & controlling interest in party fun. $10 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For July 2, 2012

Vinted on July 2, 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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!

  • NV Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Frizzante (Osterreich): One likes what’s there, but wishes there was more there; too soft a voice. $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Paringa Sparkling Shiraz (South Australia): For a slice of blueberry pie; or, actually *instead* of a slice of blueberry pie. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Black cherry, raspberries, grit & pretty much everything to love about Paso Syrah. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Royal Tokaji Furmint (Tokaji): Goosing your palate with its heady, lovely gooseberry aromas; in a good way, I mean. Ok, whatever. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lions Drift Silkbush Mountain Vineyard Pinotage (Breedekloof): SA’s divisive specialty gets a successful light-&-bright makeover. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Herbs, eucalyptus & grit get a vibrant, refined, & overachieving red-fruited touch. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Streiker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay (Margaret River): Rich, creamy melon & lemon-rind austerity? Happy together, in fact. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Moss Wood Chardonnay (Margaret River): Even Harry Belafonte probably didn’t reference this much coconut in his entire career. $40 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay (Margaret River): Buttery nose? Not to worry, crisp, lemony lineal structure takes over the proceedings. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Vasse Felix Chardonnay (Margaret River): Almost all of the flinty, nutty, creamy, steely Heytesbury goodness, & a LOT less coin. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay (Margaret River): Flinty, minerally, funky, linear, steely, tropical & tourniquet tight for now. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Red (Margaret River): Blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, black cola, & probably black satin sheets too $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Fan of 2ndary aromas (gravel, leather, tomato leaf, balsamic)? Prepare 2 B happy. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot (Margaret River): Elegant & firm, kind of like the heroine of some kind of modern day spy novel. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Soft & structured, tangy & tight, earthy & fruity, pricey but worth it. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River): Like mineral water was used to wash fresh melons, apples, peaches & brioche. $76 A- >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 25, 2012

Vinted on June 25, 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. 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 Don Maximiano Founders Reserve (Valle de Aconcagua): Rich, expressive, dark, herbal, savory, tart, & absolutely afraid of nothing. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Morande Edicion Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla Valley): Picking up where the fab 07 left off, pegs the "that’s interesting!" meter. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Lauca R. Limited Edition Carignan (Maule Valley): 65 yr old vines, ~250 cases, & one hot Summer night’s fill of pure seduction. $150 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domus Aurea (Maipo Valley): Thoroughly elegant, masterfully structured, and proudly sporting green pepper without any apologies. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 De Martino Legado Chardonnay Reserve (Limari Valley): Peaches traveling a flower-lined, linear, straight-as-an-arrow mineral track. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Alto Valley): All the savory blackcurrant you’d want from a $25 Cab, w/ $10 in change $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Has oak, and isn’t afraid to use it in its deft dark-cherry & tart-berry hands. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere (Lolol Valley): Structure made of pepper, plums and oak, that’s clearly built for the steakhouse. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 De Martino Alto De Piedras Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Deep, dark, spicy, chewy, serious stuff that’s also still seriously young. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cono Sur 20 Barrles Syrah (Limari Valley): Nose will leave U wanting, but the long finish will leave U wondering how they did it. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Syrah (Casablanca Valley): Chalk, pepper & red plum steel you for the grip of a gritty, leathery finish. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Any ritual getting SB this herbal, fruity & balanced ought to be followed religiously. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Pepper, lemon, chilies, cheese; just add sausage & U got Charcuterie! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): A darn good bit of gritty, spicy, berry-laden Paso in not-a-lot of 500ml packaging. $7 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): Cherries, red berries, and a temporary respite from not feeling like charmed royalty. $41 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Seems X-mas (spices) came early, often & generously for OR in ’08. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Crisp, pithy lines of apple structure for a tower of honeydew melon & passion fruit. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box Chardonnay (California): 4 bottles of bobbing for green apples in a toasty vanilla barrel. $19 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage (Carneros): The old girl is starting to get nutty, but continues to feel rich, peachy & sprightly. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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