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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 26, 2012

Vinted on November 26, 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 Zantho Zweigelt (Burgenland): Mellow, peppery & smooth; good luck finding something that it might *not * pair with on the table. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hess Collection Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Spread the word, there’s breaking news; the Valley has minerals, the Valley has minerals! $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Maschio Prosecco Brut (Treviso): Took up guitar, formed a little band with a loyd sound that we now call Aggressive Mousse… $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris (Alsace): Slow to warm up to you, but then spreading spicy, oily, melon cheer. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Churchill’s Estates Quinta da Gricha (Douro): Genuine, concentrated & lively; will go a few rounds, with dust on its heels. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Churchill’s Estates Touriga Nacional (Douro): Warm instead of hot, poised & rich, too; and daydreaming about a skirt steak. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Churchill’s Estates Douro Red (Douro): I say, be a good sport & pass along that dried dark cherry now, old boy, chop-chop! $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Kabinett Riesling (Rheingau): Pear & attitude & name slightly longer than the pithy finish $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Ogier Oratorio Gigondas (Gigondas): Still just a baby; ah, but what a bouncing, structured, spicy, red-&-black plummy baby it is. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Clos de L’Oratoire de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (Chateauneuf du Pape): Fresher than the pepper & flowers it brings to your table. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Clos de L’Oratoire de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (Chateauneuf du Pape): Broad & serpentine, but w/ a hurts-so-good bite, too $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (Barossa): Remember when the Italian stuff used to be like this, before The Overproduction? $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz (Barossa): Subtlety may not be its strong suit, but there’s no intellectual pushover here, either. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Napa Valley): All dolled up, no place for the pears & flowers to go but down the hatch. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 19, 2012

Vinted on November 19, 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 Fontanella Mt. Veeder Chardonnay (Mt. Veeder): Tropical fruits, lemons, apples aplenty, caramel, and… a quiet seduction. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 02 Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve Vintage Brut (Champagne): For those who like their fruit first, & their bread well on the side. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Montes Folly (Colchagua Valley): Blackberry sexytime, followed thereafter by an expertly crafted sweet mocha-chino digestif. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Lapostolle Clos Apalta (Colchagua Valley): Will drive Carmenere – & oak – lovers wild; others it just might drive totally nuts. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Montes Alpha M (Colchagua Valley): Densely-packed dark fruit & herbs time capsule; unearth it when the clock strikes… 2020? $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve (Aconcagua Valley): Andes climbing excursions routinely end before the finish on this. $110 A >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere (Chile): Darkness of fruit/brightness of being; study in contrasts w/ quite a lot to teach $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Concha y Toro Don Melchor (Maipo Valley): The Rue Paul of SA reds. Elegant, talented, & not without literal & figurative cojones. $95 A >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Santa Rita Casa Real (Maipo Valley): About as shy – & as brilliant – as the Bat Signal; it’s heralding fruit almost as dark, too. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Casa Marin Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (San Antonio Valley): Passionfruit, herbs & minerals, all filmed in technicolor. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere (Maule Valley): Dark, brooding, but brightens up when it gets a whiff of its own herbal goodness. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ruta 22 Malbec (Patagonia): Violets and juicy raspberries served up on an oak plate that’s just a bit too large for the setting. $13 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo Limited Edition (Rioja): You picked it, you rolled it, you smoked it… and now, you can drink it, too. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Sierra Cantabria Rioja (Rioja): Bright, but it’s certainly quite capable of bringing the Randy Macho Man Savage brawn along, too. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Beeswax Vineyard (Arroyo Seco): Honeydew melon, mineral water & flowers, only served up at the Delano. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau du Petit Thouars Cabernet Franc (Touraine): Meaty & rich, it might be darkly foreboding but deep down it’s got a kind soul. $16 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 12, 2012

Vinted on November 12, 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!

  • NV Georges Vesselle Grand Cru Brut (Champagne): Like brioche? Then this is a deliciously quick way to add 1K calories to your diet. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva (Rioja): Wearing chaps & getting spanked playfully w/ cherry licorice whips. Or is that just me? $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Meyer-Fonne Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace): Will have you using words like empyrean, delightful & splendid, & actually meaning them. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Showing off the right mix of NV "Disneyland" with authentic chops and composure. $37 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (Napa Valley): You can argue w/ the creamy apricot style, but can’t really argue w/ the quality. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Why’d the Napa producer go to OR? ‘Cause you can’t make stuff like this in Napa $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Stepping Stone Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Pretty as a bouquet, but she’ll down smoked meat for dinner. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cornerstone Oregon Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): A poised, lingering, ginger-infused soul is lying beneath the toasty exterior. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Estampa Gold Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc (Colchagua Valley): Obviously comfortable in its own skin. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Regaleali Bianco (Sicilia): Melons & minerals, nuts & lemons, hot damn just back up this refreshment truck to my mouth right now. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder): Rugged & solid but a tad commercialized, like the Brawny Towel guy $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Chardonnay (Mount Veeder): Steely & honeyed, punchy & unctuous, floral & full, & worth talking about. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sing it with me! Hell bent, hell bent for leatherrrrrrrr (& dried cherries)… $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Attempting strong come-on w/ chocolates & sweet (fruit) talk $28 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noit (Russian River Valley): Looks tough in leather apparel but deep down craves attention $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay (Sonoma County): A ton of rock & a ton of vanilla; if you think vanilla rocks, then go for it. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Rodney Strong Charlottes Home Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County): Careful, this one’s got jump that’s practically spring-loaded. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Say, would you happen to have any venison & country ham on you? $17 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

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