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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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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 4, 2012

Vinted on June 4, 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 Henschke Hill of Grace (Eden Valley): Elegant complexity, bottled; if you dig Shiraz, there’s probably none better on this planet $625 A+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Henschke Julius Riesling (Eden Valley): Spiced pear, kicking ass in elegant lime zest armor & with a sidearm of cold, hard steel. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz (Barossa): The heat might be a bit much for some, but it’s all firing some aromatic earthen clay pots. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz (Barossa): Power, elegance, focus, intent, and… tomato leaves; odd bedfellows, but it all works out. $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz (Barossa): These orphans aren’t timid – in fact, they’re actually a big, leathery, brooding lot. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 John Duval Entity Shiraz (Barossa): "You gave to me a new belief… and soon… the world will love you…. TEA LEAF….!!!" $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz (Barossa): Explosively kick-ass blue & red fruits, aided in battle by some serious herbal kung fu. $100 A- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 YO Pedro Ximinez (Barossa): 375ml of voluptuous, caramelized, tasty toastiness. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (Barossa): Gritty, fresh & w/ a shot of incense it presumably stole from a church $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz (Barossa): And so cried out the juicy dark cherries & raspberries, “it’s alive! ALIVE!!!!!!” $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz (Barossa): Sir Galahad didn’t have as much purity as the blackberry fruit & eucalyptus herbs here $120 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Jackamans Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): The tannins might have grit, but everything else is silk-sheets levels of silky. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 28, 2012

Vinted on May 28, 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!

  • Zantho Gruner Veltliner (Burgenland): Apparently "zantho" is Austrian for "wonderful, tropical, citrusy, zesty white wine bargain." $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cruz Andina Malbec (Mendoza): Very ripe, jammy plums & blue flowers that are pining for the better balance of past vintages. $19 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): What do we have here? The sweet lemon, herbs & cheese plate has been served $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Saltner Pinot Nero (Alto Adige): Lovely tart red fruits soaking up a bit too much (& less lovely) booze. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV J Cuvee 20 25th Anniversary Brut (Russian River Valley): Fuji apple, white flower & lemon cookie take the charge w/ guns a-blazin’ $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 J Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Cantaloupe, cashew, cream & consistency; might be best J RRV Chard in recent memory $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 J Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Still 1 of the best “guilty pleasure,” black-cherry-&-leather RRV Pinots out there $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Peter Lehmann Dry Riesling (Eden Valley): Helloooo stone peaches; warning: do not approach if you are shy about pith (or minerals). $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Peter Lehmann Semillon (Barossa): Those apricots & limes are awfully assertive, but they brought flowers so give ‘em some slack. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon (Barossa): Tropical fruits hitting the cream pool with their waxy sunscreen & vinyl floaters on. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): Cranberry, currants, cola & a touch of balsamic; so… is there, like, a BBQ nearby? $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jacobs Creek Reserve Riesling (Barossa): Solid as a rock; and it tastes like one, too, in a refreshing, zesty, gravelly way I mean. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jacobs Creek Steingarten Riesling (Barossa): Chalky, clean, balanced, aromatic & making the other kids in class look like slackers. $9 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Jacobs Creek St Hugo Shiraz (Barossa): A smack of rawhide to the face; but a kinky/sexy kind of slap, w/ blue fruits (ok whatever) $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas (Calatayud): Fabio, buff as ever but reinvented as a deftly talented and agile Tango instructor. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Dama de Toro Malvasia (Toro): Wants to be (very, very) cold, after which it will probably serve your tacos (very, very) well. $11 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz (Barossa): Mexican chocolate gets the grippy, dark-fruity, & herbal Down Undah touch. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage (Barossa): There’s a shot of fire at the end, but the earthy, tangy red fruits are worth the trip. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (Barossa): Cassis & black fruit cowboys, riding high on tea and tomato leaves. $20 B >>find this wine>>
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