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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-25-12

Vinted on December 25, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Draconis French Oak Zinfandel (Lodi): Helping heapings of prune, spice, focused dark fruit and thorough deliciousness. $25 B+ #
  • 08 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling (Mosel): Lime & acid to go the distance (prob. several yrs) but might not be too complex when it gets there $16 B #
  • 00 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau” (Chateauneuf du Pape): Has plenty of spunk left; vibrant, lively & packed with red fruit. $53 A- #
  • 07 Quevedo Vintage Port (Porto): As you’d expect, tight as a drum. As you might not expect, showing off all the spices in the rack. $52 A- #
  • 08 Quinta Nova “Pomares” Red (Douro): Peppery, dark, smooth & about as one-dimensional as a physics equation involving a quantum wire €6 C+ #
  • 08 Quinta Nova REFerencia Grande Reserva (Douro): True red field blend that exudes class, focused brooding dark fruit, & demands meat €43 A- #
  • 08 Quinta Nova Reserva Red (Douro): Got its nose in the fireplace, but its feet planted firmly in a patch of bright red fruits. €23 B+ #
  • 08 Quinta Nova “Grainha” Red (Douro): Like a wily biker grandma, it’s somehow simultaneoulsy smokey, spicy, leathery *and* lively. €12 B #
  • 07 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany): Like my old Ford Escort; reliable, easy to navigate, dependable & generally uninspiring. $18 B- #
  • 06 Judd’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A still slightly-closed book bound in cassis, black plum & spicy black licorice. $45 B+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-17-12

Vinted on December 18, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Apothic Red (CA): Comes on sweet, finishes rough, but the middle is pure cranberry & chocolate, velvety Zin-ish fun. $14 B- #
  • 09 Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva White (Douro): Lively, but you need to be into oak & vanilla cream to put this one on your list. $30 B- #
  • Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 Year Old Tawny (Porto): As complex as you’d imagine when up to 50 diff. vintages are included. $55 A- #
  • 07 Ramos Pinto Vintage Port (Porto): Extremely powerful, but seductively complex w/ mint leaf, spices, ripe & dried black fruits… $75 A- #
  • 08 Ramos Pinto “Collection” (Douro): When it’s throwing eucalyptus, pepper & dark red fruit at you, U know U R not in Kansas anymore. $23 B+ #
  • 07 Quinta de Ventozelo Vintage Port (Porto): Great mouthfeel doesn’t make up for subdued aromas. Weakest 07 VP I’ve come across so far €30 B #
  • 09 Quinta de Ventozelo Branco (Douro): Quaffable, citrusy white? Yes. Anything to write home about? Not really. €4 C+ #
  • 03 Quinta do Vallado Reserva Red (Douro): Old vines & true field blend that delivers kick-ass, focused, & gripping black fruit power. €25 B+ #
  • 09 Quinta do Vallado Reserva White (Douro): Elegant, balanced & lovely combo. of cream, lemon spritz, & herbs. High yumminess factor. €16 B+ #
  • 01 Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port (Porto): Like a dark, spiced, dried-fruit dessert, only about one billion times more complex. $35 A- #
  • 01 Warre’s LBV Port (Porto): Finishes tough but comes on fresh, dark & beautiful when it wants to. She already owns you, buddy! $25 B+ #
  • Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): Been shakin’ up the entry Port world & with good reason; it’s a total bargain. $20 B #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-12-10

Vinted on December 11, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Newton Vineyard Unfiltered Merlot (Napa Valley): Undanceable contrasting groove of ripe/sour black cherry, & supple/boozy mouthfeel $60 B ->
  • 08 Alamos Seleccion Malbec (Mendoza): Three-part harmony of smoke, violets & black fruits; flirts with seriousness, but stays fun. $20 B ->
  • 08 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Spatlase (Mosel): Pricey but spicy lemon & mineral party. $33 B+ ->
  • 07 Mollydooker “Carnival of Love” Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Like a pricier version of Tawny Port, except it doesn’t pair with chocolate. $90 B ->
  • 08 Hugel et Fils “HUGEL” Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Only mailmen deliver more consistently than this spicy, floral & fruity stalwart. $24 B ->
  • 06 Parducci “True Grit” Petite Sirah (Mendocino): She ain’t supple, but she sure is fiery & peppery. Saddle up & ride ‘em with pride! $30 B ->
  • Espumante Murganheira Grande Reserve Bruto Assemblage 1995 (Beiras): Man could, in fact, live on bread alone, if it tasted like this. €19 B+ ->
  • 08 Soalheiro Reserva Versao (Minho): Seriously structured (& seriously good) food-friendly take on one of the Vinho Verde varieties. €20 B+ ->
  • 04 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas (Duro): Deep, dark & savory. Earth & truffle on the nose for the patient (& so be patient!) €30 A- ->

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-12-03

Vinted on December 4, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Lokoya Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Handsome poker face of blackberry & espresso; will show its hand in like 8 yrs $200 A- #
  • 05 Verite “La Joie” (Sonoma County): Band-aid funk crashing an otherwise opulent black fruit party; Warning – for Brett-heads only! $150 B #
  • 08 Kimmel Vineyards Chardonnay (Mendocino): Tiny production of a (maybe too) big wine; great acidity & minerals kick it up a notch. $32 B+ #
  • 07 V. Sattui Vittorio’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A black cherry & herbs aromatherapy bath after a very long day. $35 B+ #
  • 08 V. Sattui Early Harvest White Riesling (CA): One of the tastiest, liveliest Rieslings you’ll find south of the WA state border. $18 B #
  • 07 Volta Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Nice to welcome them back; this dark, big & beautifully balanced Cab was worth the wait. $60 A- #
  • 05 Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): This one joined the Dark (ginormous dried fruit) Side. $86 B+ #
  • 06 Marita’s Vineyard Select Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fig, sandalwood & you do, in fact, go well together. $150 A- #

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