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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 6, 2012

Vinted on August 6, 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!

  • 00 Sandeman Vau Vintage Vintage Port (Porto): Spicy, dark, viscous & struggling with the weight of its own generous fruit burdens. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Sandeman Founders Reserve Port (Porto): Just enough pepper & fresh blue fruits & figs to stave off all those woody staves. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo): Rhubarb gets its due as a main course, sides of meat & toast. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay (Dundee Hills): A spar between pithy citrus peel, sweet tropical fruit, & creamy luxury $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Puiatti Zuccole Pinot Grigio (Fruili): Like lemon, apple, melon cleaned clearly in mineral water; why go to any other PG region? $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo (Puglia): Tone down your average CA Zin, keep a hint of the jaminess & add a healthy dash of pepper $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tormaresca Neprica (Puglia): Negroamaro, Primitivo, & Cab all playing nice with leather, cassis, licorice, & plummy toys. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Famlia Eguren Vinedos de Paganos La Nieta (Rioja): Has character, like Antonio Banderas when he’s acting & not going thru motions. $145 A >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva (Rioja): Sandalwood, pepper, dusty earth, dark cherry, red plums & perfumey elegance. $56 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido (Rioja): Lift, leather, lilting flowers; marred only by a bit too heavy a syrupy maple oak dollop. $56 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sierra Cantabria Organza (Rioja): Fruit cocktail in a glass now, but structured enough to carry that tropical fruit some distance. $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Sierra Cantabria Amancio (Rioja): Old school savory, floral, toasty Rioja gets focused, minty, plummy – & damn excellent – turn. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sierra Cantabria Finca El Bosque (Rioja): Finely hewn & muscular, from densely-packed tobacco & black cherry to toasty finish. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Senorio de San Vicente Rioja (Rioja): Hairy Tempranillo chewing black raspberry, snorting dried herbs & spitting smoke tobacco $56 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica (Rioja): Don’t let the wood fool ya, things get spicy, plummy, fresh & bright before it’s all over. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva (Rioja): Give it time in the glass, those dried blueberries, cherries, tobacco & licorice are shy. $38 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marques de Caceres Rose (Rioja): Its Strawberry brings a little crowd-pleasing sunshine, but its bite brings a little bit of rain. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Skouras Megas Oenos (Peleponnese): Under that veil of oak spice stands cassis, graphite, confidence & an affinity for skirt steak. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Skouras Saint George Aghiorghitiko (Nemea): Like Cab Franc’s talented lil’ brother; leather, sour dark cherry & big bro’s spiciness $15 B >>find this wine>>
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 30, 2012

Vinted on July 30, 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 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir (Carneros): Yeah it’s jammy, but it’s like spreading homemade jam on homemade bread at a country inn. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (Carneros): That spicy, lilting, ethereal mouthfeel is elegant enough to suggest a royal bloodline claim. $95 A >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva (Rioja): Savory, toasty, floral, tangy & successful take on Graciano; mind the heat (& the sandalwood). $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Bodegas LAN Edicion Limitada (Rioja): Ripe plummy fruit so lovely that it will make you wish it had been a bit less ripe, actually $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Bodegas LAN Vina Lanciano Reserva (Rioja): They don’t shy away from oak here, but the figgy, cocoa-lade finish might win U over. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bodegas LAN Reserva (Rioja): X-mas spice is nice, but deal here is sealed by the gritty-but-still-vibrant, classy mouthfeel. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Bodegas LAN Crianza (Rioja): Tose dried red fruits might be a tough too dry, but hard to argue with the tobacco, spices & price. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Reserva Special Harvest (Rioja): Savoriness rules the day, stewed fruit at 1 hand, leather & spice at the other. $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Gran Reserva (Rioja): Spices, herbs, smoked meat, licorice; you’ll cover just about the entire meal w/ this baby $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Senorio de Pecina Reserva (Rioja): Probably reaching end of its freshness journey, but savory, earthy view from here is gorgeous. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Senorio de Pecina Cosecha Blanco (Rioja): Focused, clean, full of citurs & served over flinty rocks; result is that it also rocks. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Sonsierra Crianza (Rioja): Won’t quite find its dark cherry & dried herb footing, but at this price is doesn’t really need to. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Martinez Corta Cepas Antiguas (Rioja): Modern, poised, fending off oakiness with freshness & should have more pricey wines sweating $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Martinez Corta TenTacion Garnacha (Rioja): Sexy, spicy, juicy, & not yet fully delivering on the promise of those 90+ yr old vines $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Reichsrat von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz): Seesaw of sugae & lime pith eventually finds spicy, pear-like equilibrium. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut (Cremant de Limoux Protégée): High-end apple muffin meets flowers meets peach meets bargain. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Swanson Merlot (Oakville): Almost too broad, almost too ripe, almost too herbal, but also almost too much good wine for the money. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 23, 2012

Vinted on July 23, 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!

  • 11 Kyklos Moschofilero (Peleponnese): Sweet honeysuckle, ripe peaches, a heaping of slate & a whole lotta swagger to go with it all. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Martin Codax Albarino (Rias Baixas): Lemony, crisp, food-friendly & refreshing it certainly is; shy and complex it certainly is not $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco (Rioja): Just checked in as the mayor of friendly, refreshing, grapefruity Viura introductions. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Muga Reserva Unfiltered (Rioja): A tasty tart dark cherry cake, but with maybe a bit too much earth-&-oak frosting for a topping. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva (Rioja): Dazzles w/ spicy perfume, entices w/ savory black cherry once it drops its long leather coat $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri (Santorini): Not an air put on here, apart from that gorgeous Santorini saline sea air breeze. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Agnus de Valdelana de Autor (Rioja): Big, spicy oak doesn’t undercut even bigger, spicier black cherry, herbs & chalky tannin. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Valdelana Crianza (Rioja): So much tobacco leaf on the cherry fruit & vanilla that you just might try to roll it & light it up. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Tempranillo Joven (Rioja): Beaujolais on holiday in Rioja, brings bouncy red berries & bananas, then decides to stay. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Malvasia (Rioja): Grapefruit & papaya, perfume & pith, aromatics & restraint; why aren’t more Riojans bottling this 100%? $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Pierola Reserva (Rioja): Like drinking in an old school British Port Lounge & smokehouse, just before moving onto Cognac & stogies. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Ysios Reserva (Rioja): Kind of like dark cherry cola for the World’s Most Interesting Man (at a stay-thirsty price, as well). $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Gran Reserva (Rioja): Smoke this tobacco if you got ’em; tasting fine now (but prob ready to retire soon) $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Reserva (Rioja): Crowd-pleasers unite: here’s a modern, silky Rioja with a nod to the dried-cherry past. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Campo Viejo Tempranillo (Rioja): Tempranillo that’s vibrant & floral, & a cheaper date than anyone you ever met in high school. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Graciano (Rioja): An herbal, spicy, darkly structured mind f*ck (but it’s a pleasing & memorable mind f*ck!) $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Rioja Edicion Limitada (Rioja): Jump through the heat & youll land on bed of tea leaves & powerful currants. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Valdemar Inspiracion Maturana (Rioja): Like Carmenere’s bigger, smoother, wealthier & generally suaver-with-the-ladies brother. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Conde de Valdemar Crianza (Rioja): Like a fruitier welcome mat for all things Rioja (leather, wood, savory dark cherry… & funk) $15 B- >>find this wine>>
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