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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>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 18, 2012

Vinted on June 18, 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!

  • 10 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella (Valpolicella Classico): Dried cherries, vanilla and a rather congenial attitude at the dinner table. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Ridge Lytton Springs Vineyard (Dry Creek Valley): For a "lesser vintage" this sure sports a lot of old-fashioned vinous kung-fu. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Hatzidakis White (Santorini): Aidani, Athiri, Assyrtiko, attitude, and as much citrus/orange rind as any alky can reasonably muster $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Recanati Chardonnay (Galilee): Wants to be creamy, but there’s no hiding that linear, stony vibrancy is where its soul really is. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato (Irpinia Aglianico): Lookin’ for cherries & spice in all the right places, & finding them. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Alpha Estate Axia Malagouzia (Florina): As if Torrontes went on a diet, through a strict regimen of salt water lake lap swimming. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard (Amyndeon): Sour dark cherry that might be too sour for some; but just man up, it’s tasty! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marius Blanc By M. Chapoutier (Pays d’Oc): Drink it this Summer, & you’ll be wishing for next Summer so you can drink it again. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Tail Ridge Blaufränkisch (Finger Lakes): The Death Star, if it had been made from tasty black cherry pits & kick-ass pepper. $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Red Tail Ridge Dornfelder (Finger Lakes): Red plums, funky earth, spicy pepper & a poignant pining for the German home land. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes): Cranberry, earth & sweet spice welcoming the dawn of Summer with open arms & a smile. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): You can get a slightly better balancing act at a circus but it won’t taste as good $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Lime zest right from the FLX Riesling textbook, & a heap of spice adorns the page. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Definitely a wine for today; but, thankfully, today happens to be pretty tasty. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Newton Vineyards Unfiltered Chardonnay (Napa County): Character? Oh, yeah, in spades, actually. Subtlety? Uh, not really, no. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Trimbach Riesling (Alsace): Oh, wait, did you make stir fry with spicy peanut sauce for dinner? Really? So, like, can I come over? $21 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 11, 2012

Vinted on June 11, 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!

  • 10 Sticks Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Bright, svelte red fruits, all covered in herbs & wrapped up in wax paper. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Yering Station Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): 10lbs of raspberries, dark cherries & pithiness stuffed into an 8lb leather bag. $31 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Viscous, silky, & letting dark cherries play a dominant hand in its earthy game. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Oakridge Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Sweet spices help the medicinal herbs & orange zest go down; & they go down in complex fashion $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 De Bortoli Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Starts smokey, gets nutty, hangs out herbal & bright, & then finishes strong. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Hell bent for leather (and pepper, nutmeg, & gritty, bright, chewy red fruits). $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Jamsheed Healesville Syrah (Yarra Valley): Earthy, peppery talk, & leathery, blackberry walk… actually, make that a *strut*! $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Yarra Yering Chardonnay (Yarra Valley): Somehow funkily flawed while brutally gorgeous; it’s Hillary Clinton-levels of divisive. $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 De Bortoli Chardonnay (Yarra Valley): Brought flowers, along with a nervy, assertive personality; needs time to warm up to you. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Yering Station Chardonnay (Yarra Valley): Somehow combining, apples, pear, brioche & grapefruit lift without even breaking a sweat $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): Sweet & savory red berry compote that ain’t afraid to get its hands a little dirty. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Mea Culpa Shiraz (Yarra Valley): Syrah with Pinot Noir’s soul; peppery, bright, but not shying away from plums & meat, either. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley): How many cherries & red berries can dance on the head of a palate? A lot. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay (Yarra Valley): Restrained, stoney, yeasty & kissing you gently with creamy lips. $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay (Yarra Valley): Streak of structured, toasty, floral/fruity gorgeousness continues unabated $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
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