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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-29

Vinted on October 30, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 02 Churchill's LBV Port (Porto): Somebody tell Jack Sparrow that when the rum is all gone, this rum-ish & pruney port might do instead $29 B ->
  • 07 Line 39 Petite Sirah (North Coast): It might be a dark & grapey one-trick pony, but it's a *tasty* dark & grapey one-trick pony. $10 C+ ->
  • 06 Robert Biale "Royal Punishers" Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Blackberry, game & smoke won't punish tastebuds, but will punish wallets $42 B ->
  • NV Graham Beck Brut Rose (Robertson/Stellenbosch): Finishes a bit of a brute, but comes on as tangy & fun as a mixed fruit cocktail. $14 B- ->
  • 09 Bonny Doon Contra (Central Coast): The price is right for this fun, almost candied berry, lip-smacking-with-pork-chops red blend. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Graham Beck Viognier (Robertson): The honey & peach are far from a joke, but there's way too much smoke for just 20% french oak. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino): A bit of a heavy hand, but that hand is dealing lemon grass & citrus fruits n spades. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Chardonnay (Mendocino): The smoke might run you out, but don't leave before you meet the pear, golden apple & vanilla. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir (Mendocino): A Burgundian dons a cowboy hat, spurs, boots, & moseys out on the range. And it almost works. $29 B- ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Zinfandel (Mendocino): One of the best, most complex, complete and ageworthy Zins I've had in what seems like forever. $25 B+ ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino): So much chocolate you'll feel like you're at a tasting with the Easter Bunny, & like it. $24 B ->
  • 06 Paul Dolan Deep Red (Mendocino): Big, pruny, rough, but as pure & true-to-place an expression as you're likely to find in the U.S. $42 B+ ->

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-22

Vinted on October 23, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 C. Donatiello Floodgate Vineyard Block 15 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Like liquified red-berry-flavored satin sheets. $49 B+ ->
  • 09 Bodegas Marqués de Vizhoja Torre la Moreira Albariño (Rias Baixas): A Citrus, mineral, & acid assault to unleash on grilled prawns. $10 B ->
  • 06 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A master clinic in black cherry & black currant depth, power & intensity $200 A- ->
  • NV Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut (Cava): Honey, flowers, pears, apples deliver a very high celebratory deliciousness/price ratio. $20 B ->
  • NV Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Bubbly for blackberry lovers. This shingle bites back on the finish tho $22 B- ->
  • 09 Masi Masianco (Venezie): How did all that tasty pineapple get in here? On 2nd thought just give me another glass & forget I asked. $12 B ->
  • 06 Masi Campofiorin (Veronese): Odd name, but a good bargain. Will probably have you reaching for prosciutto-covered anything. $15 B ->
  • 08 Banfi Chianti Superiore (Chainti): I wouldn't call it superior, but it's certainly not disappointing. Bring on the veggie lasagna. $11 B- ->
  • 06 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva (Chianti Rufina): Dark, supple, and pasta-ready, though a bit rough-ina around the edges. $22 B ->
  • 06 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza): A blackberry, chocolate & spices delight, sort of like dessert only with booze instead of sugar. $48 B+ ->
  • 08 Catena Alta Estate Lots Chardonnay (Mendoza): Got it all going on, from tropical fruit to nutmeg, if you can get past the butter. $30 B ->
  • 09 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste Rose (Napa Valley): Tasty strawberry action that would taste even better if it was priced even lower. $24 B ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour (Napa Valley): A more enjoyable balance between dark cherry & mint probably can't be found for the $. $90 A- ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian (Napa Valley): Red lovers can rejoice. Cab Franc lovers might not believe this is almost 50% CF tho $90 B+ ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration (Napa Valley): A plum & tobacco classic, but not to be taken for a spin for another 8 yrs minimum $90 A- ->
  • 06 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration (Napa Valley): Not sure how they did it, but they're already close to delivering a Merlot legend. $90 A ->

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-15

Vinted on October 16, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Terrazas Reserva Unoaked Torrontes (Salta): The aroma is all about a sense of place; but the palate is all over the darn place. $10 C+ ->
  • 08 Graham Beck Gamekeeper's Reserve Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch/Paarl): I'm just happy Mr. Gamekeeper didn't keep it all for himself! $15 B ->
  • 07 Luca Beso de Dante (Vista Flores/Altamira/Agrelo): Structured, complex & just one hell of a S. American Malbec/Cab blend going on. $45 B+ ->
  • 05 Valdivieso Eclat (Maule Valley): Brambly, lively & fruity, it's Carignan for Syrah-lovers, & from Chile to boot (whodah thunk it?) B $27 ->
  • 06 De Martino Single Vineyard Old Bush Vines Las Cruces (Cachapoal Valley): Enough cocoa-game-plum complexity to justify a long name. $45 B+ ->
  • 08 Estampa Gold Assemblage Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Aroma Hide & Go Seek w/ spice & black fruit hiding behind green herbs & booze $22 B ->
  • 08 Montes Ltd Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): At this $ it's like hitting a tobacco & black fruit lottery. $15 B ->
  • 08 Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol (Colchagua Valley): 140 chars don't really do this elegant & refined red blend beauty due justice. $23 B+ ->
  • 07 Emiliana Coyam (Colchagua Valley): Textbook Chilean Bord'x-style blend, but it's holding a master clinic on smooth silky mouthfeel $29 B+ ->
  • 07 Casas del Bosque Gran Estate Private Reserve (Casablanca Valley): If the nose were more complex it'd be a quantum physics equation $50 A- ->
  • 09 Matthiasson White (Napa Valley): Stunningly vibrant (love the lime rind action). Setting the bar high for the future of CA whites. $35 A- ->

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-08

Vinted on October 9, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Baron K Riesling Kabinett (Rheingau): A lighter, more playful (but by no means inferior) take on the Rheingau; tasty & elegant too. $17 B ->
  • 08 Undone Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen): Almost jammy red berries & spice? From Germany? Hot damn, this one's gonna please a lot of peeps. $13 B- ->
  • 09 Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Torrontes (Cafayate): Made me feel like I'd just made out with a pear-perfume-wearing Cougar in a bar. $10 B- ->
  • 06 Montes Alpha "M" (Santa Cruz Valley): Not w/out its flaws, but just way too lovable in a velvety, dark, quirky & complex way. $98 A- ->
  • 08 Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc (Loire): Clean, crisp, full of melons but just a bit too petite for its own good. $11 C+ ->
  • 08 Olivier Leflaive 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Chassagne-Montrachet): Elegant; like buying yourself a license to be royalty for an hour. $90 A- ->
  • 07 Olivier Leflaive 1er Cru Charmes (Meursault): Brioche, Butter & Butt-Kickery (but you ought to expect it at this price-point!) $103 A- ->
  • 08 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet: Like a non-Photoshopped Men's Health cover model – not an ounce of discernible flab on it. $57 B+ ->
  • 08 Olivier Leflaive Meursault: More nuts than a box of Planter's, more flowers than granny's garden, & more balance than Nik Wallenda $52 B+ ->
  • 08 J Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): An exquisitely prepared crème brûlée; exquisitely prepared w/ a bit too much booze. $28 B ->
  • 06 Judd's Hill Founder's Art Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Still tight as a drum; a powerful, dark-cherry, spicy drum. $65 B+ ->

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