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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-05-01

Vinted on May 1, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Pellegrino Passito di Pantelleria (Marsala): The orange rind & dried apricot are intense, but for this $, where's the acid? $27 B- #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Gewurztraminer (Clarksburg): Light on the spice, but big on the tasty florals & citrus (& ultra-light on the wallet) $11 B #
  • 08 Dancing Coyote Petite Sirah (Clarksburg): Over-delivers on the nose (blackberry & smoke). But on palate… not so much, alas. $13 C+ #
  • NV Loose End Sparkling MSM (Barossa): An instant candied blue fruit mouth party, but w/ a steep cover charge & promise of a hangover $20 C+ #
  • 2005 Majella Sparkling Shiraz (Coonawarra): Peek under that American oak & you'll find some focused & tasty blueberry waiting for ya. $25 B+ #
  • 06 Deerfield Sangiovese (Sonoma County): Bright cherry & spice that might as well be fugitives, since they're running from the 'heat.' $30 C #
  • 06 Deerfield Buchignani-Garcia Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): A finish hot enough it could be used by fire-eaters. $60 C #
  • 05 Deerfield Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Currants, raisins & spice. Not just for breakfast anymore (thanks to the good acids) $30 B- #
  • 05 Deerfield Shiraz Cuvee (Sonoma County): Everything is amped up in this blend, from the tannin & booze to the blue fruits & pepper. B- $24 #
  • 06 Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Franc (North Fork, LI): Very impressive & almost lush CF, with just enough green action to beguile. $32 B+ #
  • 07 Winter's Hill Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills): As Alsatian as you'll get in OR. For the $, it's a citrus-laden triumph (& a bargain) $18 A- #
  • 06 Winter's Hill Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Clearly well-made but a touch too heavy on the oak on all of that gorgeous berry fruit. $29 B- #
  • 06 Winter's Hill Pinot Noir Cuvee du Vigneron (Dundee Hills): Delicate & balanced for all of its richness, spice & pure cherry fruit. $39 B+ #
  • 08 Billsboro Winery Riesling (Finger Lakes): All peaches & limes. Tastey and without pretense (but also without any real drama). $16 B- #
  • 06 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): Dark Cherry rode into town, guns blazin' & wearin a lot o' leather $35 B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-24

Vinted on April 24, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Alamos Chardonnay (Mendoza): Things may get too tropical, toasty, or sweet for you, but things will *definitely* get interesting. $13 B- #
  • 05 Snows Lake “Two” (Lake County): CS/CF blend layered w/ berry, spices, cocoa, it’s like the whole pantry. Underpriced (for now) at $45 A #
  • 07 Talus Collection Zinfandel (Lodi): Almost improbably good. Like a 1st date that’s also a cheap date & ends with you getting lucky. $7 B- #
  • 07 Eola Hills Zinfandel (Lodi): A shot of booziness on the palate isn’t enough to spoil the spicy, jammy fruit & dusty-tannin party. $13 B- #
  • 07 Trefethen Double T (Napa Valley): Heavy on the fig, heavy on the smoky spice, heavy on the mellow smoothness, heavy on the value. $25 B+ #
  • 04 Sterling “Three Palms” Merlot (Napa Valley): Drinks like a Cab. It’s good but know what you’re in for (namely, dried black cherry) $30 B+ #
  • 08 Elviwines Clasico Red (Ribiera del Jucar): Juicy dried cherries, only the cherries are kinda under-ripe & leave you a bit wanting. $13 C #
  • 08 Hazlitt Homestead Reserve Riesling (Finger Lakes): Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the tartest lemony finish of them all? $18 B #
  • 08 Clos Cristal Hospices De Saumur (Saumur Champigny): And they ruled the land with a Violet fist! With a hint o’ green as well. $19 B #
  • 07 Seven Artisans Clayton Rd Ranches Petite Sirah (Suisan Valley): KISS’ “Hotter Than Hell” might have been referring to this wine. $17 C+ #
  • NV Campbells Tokay Liquid Gold (Rutherglen): Lusciously uber-extracted nutty caramel. Enough abv to pickle you soundly (twice over). $14 B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-17

Vinted on April 17, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Jules Taylor Pinot Gris (Marlborough): Pure stone fruits & creamy complexity make for a jewel from Jules. Best JT I've had yet. $15 B #
  • 07 Michael David Petite Petit (Lodi): Name is equal billing but it's mostly PS w/ some PV. Big, black, bold, & maybe a little Bretty. $18 B- #
  • 08 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Capable Mevushal SB. Like lemon squeezed over wet rocks, only the rocks have rough edges. $17 C+ #
  • Psagot "EDOM" (Judean Hills): Bordeaux blend, drinks like snacking on blackberries while strolling through the Asian spice market. $26 B+ #
  • 08 Laurenz V. Singing Grüner Veltliner (Austria): You'll be singing after tasting the crisp apple acidity on this thing's palate. $13 B- #
  • Laurenz V. 2006 Charming Grüner Veltliner (Austria): Charming indeed, but charming like Roger Moore's James Bond – also damn serious $26 B+ #
  • 06 Ottimino 'Zinfinity' Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Dark, jammy, spicy, smooth, & just a bit hot. But also a bit of a hot bargain. $17 B #
  • 06 Domaine Guion Cuvee Prestige (Bourgueil): Brambly red fruit & spice peeking out their heads from under a pound or so of fertilizer $14 C- #
  • NV La Marca Prosecco (Veneto): You'll come for the smell of yellow apple, but you'll stay for the awesome whipped-cream-like mousse. $17 A- #
  • 05 DaVinci 'St. Ippolito' (Toscana): Merlot & Syrah that's actually well-balanced & has food-friendly acidity? I'd call that Super. $45 A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-10

Vinted on April 10, 2010 under wine mini-reviews
  • NV Banfi Rosa Regale (Brachetto d’Acqui): Cranberries, rose petals, & fun. Don’t expect an open bottle to stay full for very long. $20 B- #
  • 06 Gallo Barrelli Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Serve to those who still think fruit bombs can’t be legit. $35 B+ #
  • 08 Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Gris (Sonoma Coast): Honeydew & citrus, please, on the rocks. Easy on the flab. Shaken, not stirred. $20 B #
  • 08 Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): The road to spicy Asian food pairing is paved w/ peaches, lemon zest & wet rocks. $15 B+ #
  • 08 Domaine Ricard “Le Clos de Vauriou” (Touraine): The *other* Gamay is grapey goodness, but you’d better really like white pepper. $12 B+ #
  • 06 Cross ‘Brix Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Checking into the black currant hotel. The beds have velvet tannin sheets. $65 A #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Muscat Ca’ Del Solo (Monterey): Squeeze some lemon onto an orange blossom & you’ll get the (generally excellent) idea. $18 B+ #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare (CA): If drinking this well-crafted rose in the Summer doesn’t make you happy, then you have issues. $15 B+ #
  • 07 Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita (Montsant): This kosher Garnacha blend has that “I’m damn sexy” vibe goin’ on. Hello, date night! $22 B #
  • 05 Trefethen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Enormous & powerful. The obelisk from Kubrick’s 2001 whispering “worship me.” $100 A- #

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