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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 17, 2012

Vinted on September 17, 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 Municipal Winemakers Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Blueberries in enough juicy quantity that it would make a fruit stand jealous. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Municipal Winemakers Dark Red (Santa Barbara County): Considerably more dusty, juicy, spicy & rustic fun than its name implies. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Municipal Winemakers Bright Red (Santa Barbara County): Aptly named, but also rustic, meaty & savory enough to get serious. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Municipal Winemakers Blanche Chenin Blanc (Santa Barbara County): Pear, blossoms & as much bright fun as Chenin will let you have. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Entropy Pinot Noir (Bien Nacido): Working its hands away in the garden dirt, all the while wearing beguiling perfume. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Les Galets Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Kicking your ass w/ sweet spices, black raspberries & stones $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Drake Pinot Noir H Block (Bien Nacido): Last vintage due to disease, but it’s making a sexy, pouting-lipped, dark-eyed exit. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Crockett (Anniversary Release; Santa Barbara County): Syrah & Petit Sirah showed up with all the spices for the BBQ. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Rodney likes his meat charred & prefers a stogie when the meal is done $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Clone 115 Pinot Noir (Sta Rita Hills): Generous, dark, plumy, tinged with herbs, & hot; bright enough to still shine. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fess Parker Ashley’s Pinot Noir (Sta Rita Hills): If you stay for tea at the finish, you’ll be staying for a very long time indeed $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Riesling (Santa Barbara County): Gave you limes, pumped your gas, and then you got a sweet candy kiss at the end. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Viognier (Santa Barbara County): Mouthful of melon, nosefull of white grapes & flowers, & a bellyful of happy. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Epiphany Grenache Blanc Camp Four Vineyard (Santa Barbara County): Fruit basket, pretty white flowers, side of mineral water. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fess Parker Ashley’s Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): A pretty touchdown pass. & they successfully went for the two-point conversion $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Clos Marie Manon Blanc (Coteaux du Languedoc): Melons, nut, & a floral sea breeze that feels like it’s just blown in from Italy. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 De Toren Fusion V (Stellenbosch): A red in the mood for a porterhouse steak; but it already practically *is* a porterhouse steak. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin BLanc (Stellenbosch): Toasty, concentrated, funky & fabulous, should get Chardonnay lovers swooning. $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Georges Duboeuf Domaine Jean-Ernest Descombes Morgon (Morgon): Plum, pepper, pith & pretty flowers; take it out for sausage pizza. $15 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 10, 2012

Vinted on September 10, 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 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like black licorice? Then I’ve got something you gotta try in about 7 years. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Mayacamas Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Mt. Veeder): Looks big & boxy at 1st, but possesses a racy lime-&-grass engine under the hood $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): More bling than zing, but dig the violets, mint & black cherry. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Girth like Larry the Cable Guy, but melon, rind & opulence that’s way more serious. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pence Ranch West Slope Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara): Not quite ready to wake from its savory, plummy, herbal, earthy & pithy slumber $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Dierberg Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Intense, leathery stuff; salted meat w/ sides of blackberry, plum & chocolate dessert. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon): Not only demanding with its structure, but demands that you *really* dig sage, too. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): New vines, tons of promise; but won’t deliver on that weighty structure for about 6 yrs. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dierberg Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Still life with a ton of just-ripe apples & peaches, done in textural & linear strokes. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon): Opulent, visceral & elegant; like a swimsuit model photo shoot set on a tropical shore. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Verna’s Estate Viognier (Santa Barbara County): A palate that’s broader (& with more wet rocks) than a freshwater stream. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Geek alert: there’s pepper & blue flowers to spare! Always nice to find 1 like this. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Carries Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Concentrated & rich w/out being obnoxious, & w/ more chalk than a blackboard $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Jumping herbs eventually jump out of the way of plums, smoke, meat & muscle. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Melville Estate Inox Clone 76 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Tight, bright, & stripped of all pretense (apart from white flowers). $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Melville Estate Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills): Funky, fresh & nearly seamless; like Burgundy on a short California vacation. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 La Follette Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Character over caution, personality over perfection, risk & reward $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Distracting sexiness, like trying hard not to look at the cleavage. $47 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 3, 2012

Vinted on September 3, 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 Uvaggio Vermentino (Lodi): Well, look at Lodi getting’ all seashell, pear-and-limes refreshing (& overachieving) on us like that! $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Quivira Syrah Wine Creek Ranch (Dry Creek Valley): Still shy, not quite yet revealing its true age-worthy, tart red fruited colors $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bastianich Vespa Bianco (Venezia Giulia): In 6 yrs when it’s delivering the nut’n’honey you’ll know why you forked out for it now $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Torii Mor Olson Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Sophisticated, light on its feet & dancing a pithy jig finish for hours $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Torii Mor Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley): Making beguiling tropical & citric promises that its palate just can’t quite keep. $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Mazza Vineyards Pinot Grigio (Pennsylvania): 1 of PA’s biggest wineries delivering 1 of PA’s biggest (& solidly pithiest) PGs. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Allegro Trio (Pennsylvania): 3 winemakers, 3 grapes, & 1 entire fun meal of blueberries, balsamic, meat, herbs & chocolate dessert. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Manatawny Creek Meritage (Pennsylvania): Toast, currant jam & smoked bacon clearly aren’t just for breakfast anymore, are they? $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Crossing Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Pennsylvania): A savory & aromatic ride piloted by structure w/ an austere sense of purpose. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pinnacle Ridge Pinot Noir (Lehigh Valley): Hot-as-hell vintage births stubborn-as-hell, but herbal-ly fascinating, right coast red. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Blair Vineyards Pinot Noir (Pennsylvania): Solid combo of structure, juiciness, & silky smoothness; thnx 2 whoever brought the tea! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Nimble Hill Cabernet Franc Rose (Pennsylvania): Spices & refreshment rescue basket of slightly candied (but abundant) red berries. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Blair Vineyards Pinot Noir (Pennsylvania): Muscular hand, leather glove, fist full of brambly dark red berries, mints, & herbs. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pinnacle Ridge Late Harvest Vidal (Pennsylvania): From the ridge drops a showering of peach, honey, sweet lemon & grapefruit. $20 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

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