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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 30, 2012

Vinted on July 30, 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 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir (Carneros): Yeah it’s jammy, but it’s like spreading homemade jam on homemade bread at a country inn. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (Carneros): That spicy, lilting, ethereal mouthfeel is elegant enough to suggest a royal bloodline claim. $95 A >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva (Rioja): Savory, toasty, floral, tangy & successful take on Graciano; mind the heat (& the sandalwood). $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Bodegas LAN Edicion Limitada (Rioja): Ripe plummy fruit so lovely that it will make you wish it had been a bit less ripe, actually $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Bodegas LAN Vina Lanciano Reserva (Rioja): They don’t shy away from oak here, but the figgy, cocoa-lade finish might win U over. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bodegas LAN Reserva (Rioja): X-mas spice is nice, but deal here is sealed by the gritty-but-still-vibrant, classy mouthfeel. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Bodegas LAN Crianza (Rioja): Tose dried red fruits might be a tough too dry, but hard to argue with the tobacco, spices & price. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Reserva Special Harvest (Rioja): Savoriness rules the day, stewed fruit at 1 hand, leather & spice at the other. $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Gran Reserva (Rioja): Spices, herbs, smoked meat, licorice; you’ll cover just about the entire meal w/ this baby $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Reserva (Rioja): Probably reaching end of its freshness journey, but savory, earthy view from here is gorgeous. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Senorio de Pecina Cosecha Blanco (Rioja): Focused, clean, full of citurs & served over flinty rocks; result is that it also rocks. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sonsierra Crianza (Rioja): Won’t quite find its dark cherry & dried herb footing, but at this price is doesn’t really need to. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Martinez Corta Cepas Antiguas (Rioja): Modern, poised, fending off oakiness with freshness & should have more pricey wines sweating $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Martinez Corta TenTacion Garnacha (Rioja): Sexy, spicy, juicy, & not yet fully delivering on the promise of those 90+ yr old vines $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Reichsrat von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz): Seesaw of sugae & lime pith eventually finds spicy, pear-like equilibrium. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut (Cremant de Limoux Protégée): High-end apple muffin meets flowers meets peach meets bargain. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Swanson Merlot (Oakville): Almost too broad, almost too ripe, almost too herbal, but also almost too much good wine for the money. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 23, 2012

Vinted on July 23, 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!

  • 11 Kyklos Moschofilero (Peleponnese): Sweet honeysuckle, ripe peaches, a heaping of slate & a whole lotta swagger to go with it all. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Martin Codax Albarino (Rias Baixas): Lemony, crisp, food-friendly & refreshing it certainly is; shy and complex it certainly is not $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco (Rioja): Just checked in as the mayor of friendly, refreshing, grapefruity Viura introductions. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Muga Reserva Unfiltered (Rioja): A tasty tart dark cherry cake, but with maybe a bit too much earth-&-oak frosting for a topping. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva (Rioja): Dazzles w/ spicy perfume, entices w/ savory black cherry once it drops its long leather coat $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri (Santorini): Not an air put on here, apart from that gorgeous Santorini saline sea air breeze. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Agnus de Valdelana de Autor (Rioja): Big, spicy oak doesn’t undercut even bigger, spicier black cherry, herbs & chalky tannin. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Valdelana Crianza (Rioja): So much tobacco leaf on the cherry fruit & vanilla that you just might try to roll it & light it up. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Tempranillo Joven (Rioja): Beaujolais on holiday in Rioja, brings bouncy red berries & bananas, then decides to stay. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Malvasia (Rioja): Grapefruit & papaya, perfume & pith, aromatics & restraint; why aren’t more Riojans bottling this 100%? $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Pierola Reserva (Rioja): Like drinking in an old school British Port Lounge & smokehouse, just before moving onto Cognac & stogies. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Ysios Reserva (Rioja): Kind of like dark cherry cola for the World’s Most Interesting Man (at a stay-thirsty price, as well). $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Gran Reserva (Rioja): Smoke this tobacco if you got ’em; tasting fine now (but prob ready to retire soon) $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Reserva (Rioja): Crowd-pleasers unite: here’s a modern, silky Rioja with a nod to the dried-cherry past. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Campo Viejo Tempranillo (Rioja): Tempranillo that’s vibrant & floral, & a cheaper date than anyone you ever met in high school. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Graciano (Rioja): An herbal, spicy, darkly structured mind f*ck (but it’s a pleasing & memorable mind f*ck!) $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Rioja Edicion Limitada (Rioja): Jump through the heat & youll land on bed of tea leaves & powerful currants. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Valdemar Inspiracion Maturana (Rioja): Like Carmenere’s bigger, smoother, wealthier & generally suaver-with-the-ladies brother. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Conde de Valdemar Crianza (Rioja): Like a fruitier welcome mat for all things Rioja (leather, wood, savory dark cherry… & funk) $15 B- >>find this wine>>
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 16, 2012

Vinted on July 16, 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!

  • 04 Schramsberg Reserve (North Coast): Royal weddings often don’t end as elegantly as this pithy, smokey, heady & characterful bubbly. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg BLanc de Noirs (North Coast): Fruity, pithy, & stare-down-from-a-world-poker-championship-contestant levels of intense $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Late Disgorged (North Coast): 10 yrs on the lees; nuts, apples & brioche U might remember that long. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Schramsberg J Schram (North Coast): What toasted nuts, apples & cherries might be like if served in the Elysian Fields. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut (North Coast): Heady crisp & more refreshing than the other side of the pillow on a hot night. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Penfolds Grange (Barossa): Gates are closed now, but impeccably-tended herb, flower, berry & exotic spice garden awaits beyond. $575 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra): He’s got no shortage of dense, brooding character, but even *smells* viscous. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz (South Australia): Patience; these big spicy plummy fruits & eucalyptus aren’t in any hurry to unfold. $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (South Australia): Stands tall on tea & tomato leaf, cassis, spicy silkiness for its 50th b-day. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay (South Australia): A waxy, racy, lanolin-infused, elegant evening gown of a wine in search of shrimp $124 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling (Eden Valley): Squeaky-clean but still silky, most of the apple orchard’s here, including the gravel road $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills): Toasty & explosive, svelte but sporting curves in most of the right places. $72 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz (Barossa): Exactly what true old vine terroir ought to transmit; concentrated, complex & gorgeous $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz (Barossa): Barossa’s chocolate & blackberry standard gets a bright, tangy & nutmeg-sprinkled makeover $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): Vibrant & juicy wine of tea leaf, blackcurrant & cocoa belies tough boy namesake $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache (Barossa): Powerful undertow of ripe red fruit, spicy chocolate, minerals, herbs & chalky grip. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Langmeil Hangin Snakes (Barossa): Named after a curse, this floral, blue-fruited overachiever will deliver your wallet from evil. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Langmeil Three Gardens (Barossa): All three are well-tended, tangy, peppery, leathery, intense & vibrant gardens in this GSM blend. $20 B >>find this wine>>
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