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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-19

Vinted on June 19, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Paraiso "West Terrace" Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Think red berry fireworks, only in your mouth. Showing beautifully. $40 A- #
  • 07 Paraiso Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): Lemon & a sweet touch of vanilla tat are balanced enough to belie 14.5% booze factor. $18 B+ #
  • Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): Enough burnt sugar, coffee & caramel to send your sweet-teeth spinning in sheer delight. $50 A- #
  • 07 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Porto): Simply put, one of the finest expressions of Port that I've ever tasted. Superb & sublime. $75 A+ #
  • 07 Brokenwood Shiraz (Hunter Valley): An odd bird combo of brambly red fruit & savory sauce, but u might dig the modest booze content. $35 B #
  • 07 Leitz Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau): Can likely last 20+ yrs but you won't want to wait that long. Especially when sushi is calling $22 A- #
  • 08 Olson Ogden "Margaret's Mandate" Marsanne (Napa Valley): Like sitting on a bench eating a peach by an overpriced honeysuckle bush. $35 B+ #
  • 08 Olson Ogden Manchester Ridge Viny'd Pinot Noir (Mendocino): A minor triumph of bright red cherry fruit, smoke & dark spices. Boss! $38 A- #
  • 08 Olson Ogden "Persuasion" Red (North Coast): This leather-clad guy sure is pleasant but he's a bit drunk & going all over the place $19 B- #
  • 05 Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley): A big CA fruit boy in a Bordeaux-designed graphite-&-stone-colored tailored suit. $65 A- #
  • 06 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Cherry fruits galore, deftly balanced on spice. But BIG – so be prepared. $55 A- #
  • 07 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Well-made, but could pass for a Syrah. A bit too big for its own britches? $55 B #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-12

Vinted on June 12, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Trapiche Torrontes (Mendoza): Much to like for tropical fruit lovers; Torrontes fans might find much to gripe about (except price). $7 C+ #
  • 08 Ruffino Chianti (Chianti): Only about 75% Sangiovese, but it’s a total chewy cherry, crowd-pleasing steal of a deal nonetheless. $9 B- #
  • 07 Novelli “Rosso Cube” (Umbria): Probably the earthiest, spiciest, darkest carbonically-macerated steel-fermented red you’ll ever try $14 B #
  • 08 d’Arenberg “Feral Fox” Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills): By ‘feral’ I think they mean ‘lively’ & definitely NOT foxy (and NOT Old World) B $35 #
  • 08 Plantagenet Riesling (Great Southern): Focused, lovely & dare-we-say-it “elegant.” A strong case for what can be done down under $20 A #
  • 08 Maryhill Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley): Slightly rough finish is a small price to pay for peaches of this chest-pumping magnitude. $12 B+ #
  • 06 L’Ecole No 41 Pepper Bridge “Apogee” (Walla Walla): I’m falling seriously for this exercise in balanced dark fruit awesomeness. A $50 #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-05

Vinted on June 5, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma/Napa Counties): Mr. toasty oak told Ms. Blackberry that he'd "be gentle." But he lied. $23 B- #
  • 07 Ghost Pines Merlot (Sonoma/Napa Counties): Frighteningly supple crowd-pleaser. Dunno who brought the toasted nuts, but they're good $20 B #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Albarino (Clarksburg): Wow. Alive, well, fruity, peachy, lively, food-friendly & living comfortably in California! $11 B+ #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Gruner Veltliner (Clarksburg): Peppery & capable, if not a home run. They get bonus points for trying GV in CA. $11 B- #
  • 08 L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard "Luminesce" (Walla Walla): A bit too broad & flirting with flabbiness. Tropical nuances a plus B- $19 #
  • L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah (Walla Walla): A triple-threat, & a damn good 1 – tasty red fruit, spice & earth. $36 A- #
  • 08 Red Newt Cellars "Circle" Riesling (Finger Lakes): Refreshing, crisp & capable of converting sweet-tooth relatives onto fine wine. $12 B #
  • 07 Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo/Garnacha (Navarra): Surprisingly & delightfully simple, like unexpectedly finding $20 in yer pocket $10 B #
  • 09 Château Tanunda "Grand Barossa" Riesling (Barossa): A great buy; as spritely, acidic & spicy as any Aussie you're likely to meet. $12 B #
  • 06 Elderton Tantalus Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon (S. Australia): Too much cola, but more than enough juicy, fruity, tasty goodness. B- $13 #
  • 07 Henry Fessy Fleurie (Beaujolais): Big ol' Beauj. Don't pick those strawberries before they're ripe; this one needs a bit more time. $15 B #
  • 09 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Like having your nostrils seduced by a gooseberry while you're out mowing the lawn. $20 B+ #
  • NV Lamberti Rose Spumante (Veneto): The flowers have a light touch, but the bubbles are heavy-handed. Charmat but not charming. $14 B- #
  • 08 Heinz Eifel Eiswein (Rheinhessen): German eiswein is usually much more expensive & in this case you'll be getting what you pay for. $20 C #
  • 05 Penley Chertsey (Coonawarra): Sometimes (like this Cab-blend beauty), "big & bold" and "sense of place" aren't mutually exclusive. $50 A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-05-29

Vinted on May 29, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Chateau Pineraie Malbec (Cahors): The berries are red, the booze is hot, the brett is funky, & the finish is bittahhhhh. €7 C+ #
  • 09 Chateau Quattre (Cahors): Aparently, hard limestone soils worked by long-standing producers equates to explosive red fruit goodness. €6 B #
  • 08 Rigal Les Terrasses (Cahors): After the supple mouthfeel and fruitiness, you are sucker-punched by the tannic hand of doom! €4 B- #
  • 07 Chateau Ls Bouysses Cotes d'Olt (Cahors): For those who like their dark fruit with a spritz of mint, grit, & bretty funk. €9 B- #
  • 08 Mas del Perie Les Escures (Cahors): From a gifted young winemaker comes a black, gritty & spicy wine tailor-made for grilled steak $15 A- #
  • 06 Clos Trotteligotte Klys (Cahors): "trotting partridge" of its namesake apprently is leaving stinky, tannic brett pellets behind it €12 C- #
  • 05 Chateau Croisille Divin Crosille (Cahors): Downright port-like, & as opaque as the blackberry, tar & leather its aromas resemble. €20 B+ #
  • 07 Cos d'un Jour Un jour sur Terre (Cahors): Vinified in amphorae, & the violets, jam & spices will pickly you (in a very good way). €15 B+ #
  • 07 Chateau les Roques de Cana Graal Sanctus (Cahors): 24 months in thin barrels rounds out the tannins on this $$ black fruit monster. €86 B #
  • 05 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): About as rugged & stellar as I imagine their steep mountain vineyard slopes are. $40 A- #

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