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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 19, 2011

Vinted on February 19, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Stepping Stone Syrah (Napa Valley): An aggressive come-on, but after the fun, jammy black raspberry, vanilla tryst all is forgiven. $20 B #
  • 09 Stepping Stone "Cuveé Musqué" Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): A little fleshy; but star fruit, melon & citrus keep it svelte enough. $16 B #
  • 10 Crios Rose of Malbec (Mendoza): Vibrant, candied red berries are ridin’ side-saddle with full-bodied alcohol & a lil’ astringency. $11 B- #
  • 06 Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza (Navarra): Solid, but like so many other Crianzas it tastes a bit too much like the wood it slept in. $15 B- #
  • 09 Bodegas San Martin Ilagares Tinto (Navarra): The lighter, inexpensive, burrito-ready, overachieving side of Tempranillo & Garnacha. $8 B- #
  • 06 Napa Angel "Aurelio’s Selection" (Napa Valley): Well, the blackberry & cedar spice certainly are heavenly. Stunning Cabernet debut. $90 A #
  • 05 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (Constantia): Less orange & more honeysuckle nectar than in prev. vintages. I’m not complaining. $50 A- #
  • NV Bollinger Brut Rosé (Champagne): Takes you on a fruit journey from tart cherry to red apple, w/ some tantalizing stops in between $100 A- #
  • 06 Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Dark fruit, spice & black licorice savings bond that hasn’t quite yet come due $50 A- #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 12, 2011

Vinted on February 12, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • NV Greater Purpose White Label Red (Dry Creek Valley): VG red for a VG charity. On the jammy side but will rock with grilled burgers. $18 B #
  • NV Greater Purpose Black Label Red (Dry Creek Valley): A tale of 2 edges, 1 jammy fruit, the other tough tannin. Live by the sword… $18 B- #
  • NV Rozes Porto Infanta Isabel 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): Has the dried fruits, caramel color & nutty aromas, but not the real magic. $25 B- #
  • 99 Smith Woodhouse LBV Port (Porto): Trad. & needs decanting, but the peppery spice & blackberry are worth the extra effort involved. $29 B #
  • NV Churchill White Port (Porto): Looks like a disaster (cloudy) but tastes like a master (nutty, woody, rich, racy & balanced). $22 B+ #
  • 02 Dom Perignon (Champagne): The fruit has taken residence on the border of the tropics, & you will be *very* happy to greet it there $130 A #
  • NV Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose (Champagne): Bubbly, sexy, tart & a tad edgy; basically all the things you want in a dinner companion. $50 B+ #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For February 5, 2011

Vinted on February 5, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 90+ Cellars Lot 15 Pinot Noir (Carneros): Bright cherry fruit survives the oak attack w/out getting overblown about the achievement $16 B #
  • 07 90+ Cellars Lot 4 Shiraz/Viognier (McLaren Vale): Starts near the evil dark-cherry-soda border, finishes w/ spicy, leathery balance $15 B #
  • 06 La Jota Heritage Release Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Cassis, spice, blackberry – just focused, pure, & brilliant. $90 A #
  • 08 Hanna Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Hazelnut, honeydew & apricot meld with tight, lemony acidity. And (wow!) it totally works. $22 B #
  • 08 Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Get past the sizable heft & spicy raspberry/cherry & earthiness awaits $50 B+ #
  • 09 Dry Creek Vineyard Wilson Ranch Dry Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg): As tropical, refreshing & overachieving you’ll get for the price. $12 B #
  • 08 Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): French oak dukes it out with bright red fruit & spice. Oak wins by TKO. $40 B #
  • 09 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Want some red fruit & flower action with all that smokey oak? $20 B- #
  • 08 J Keverson Haas Family Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain): Brutally big (as in "some of my fruit got brutally murdered!"). $32 C+ #
  • 08 Santa Ana Reserve Malbec-Shiraz (Mendoza): Pepper & Plum have a happy marriage, then give birth to velvety, easy-going offspring. $13 B- #
  • 08 Hugel "Cuvee Les Amours" Pinot Blanc (Alsace): Living up to its namesake with flowers when you meet & a citrusy kiss when you part. $15 B #

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For 2011-29-01

Vinted on January 29, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Trivium “Les Ivrettes Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Tiny production; big-time concentration & complex, juicy flavor. $65 A- #
  • 07 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Enormous, but chock-full of tropical fruit & coconut complexity. +1 for wild yeasts! $60 B+ #
  • 08 August Briggs Old Vines Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Blackberry in a bit of a smoky haze, but still a friend indeed to game meats. $34 B #
  • 07 Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): This dark currant, dark chocolate, dark *everything* ride gets a tad rough. $60 B #
  • 06 Twisted Oak Tanner Vineyard Syrah (Calaveras County): Offering largesse in its dark berries & leather, & largeness in its alcohol. $32 B #
  • 09 X Winery Nova Vineyard Zinfandel (Lake County): You’ll get cedar & jammy blackberry, but will feel every % point of its 14.5% abv. $19 B- #
  • 06 Twisted Oak Murgatroyd (Calaveras County): Prune, vanilla & currants make for the most fun U can have since Snagglepuss’ retirement $24 B #
  • 08 Banfi Chianti Classico: Socks aren’t going to be blown off, but pastas (& heavier wallets) will be enjoyed w/ this overachiever. $13 B- #
  • 09 Piedemonte Rosado (Navarra): After a sweet, rosy & inciting start, your relationship with this Garnacha rose hits a rough patch. $9 C+ #

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