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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 4, 2012

Vinted on June 4, 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Henschke Hill of Grace (Eden Valley): Elegant complexity, bottled; if you dig Shiraz, there’s probably none better on this planet $625 A+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Henschke Julius Riesling (Eden Valley): Spiced pear, kicking ass in elegant lime zest armor & with a sidearm of cold, hard steel. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz (Barossa): The heat might be a bit much for some, but it’s all firing some aromatic earthen clay pots. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz (Barossa): Power, elegance, focus, intent, and… tomato leaves; odd bedfellows, but it all works out. $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz (Barossa): These orphans aren’t timid – in fact, they’re actually a big, leathery, brooding lot. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 John Duval Entity Shiraz (Barossa): "You gave to me a new belief… and soon… the world will love you…. TEA LEAF….!!!" $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz (Barossa): Explosively kick-ass blue & red fruits, aided in battle by some serious herbal kung fu. $100 A- >>find this wine>>
  • NV Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 YO Pedro Ximinez (Barossa): 375ml of voluptuous, caramelized, tasty toastiness. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (Barossa): Gritty, fresh & w/ a shot of incense it presumably stole from a church $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz (Barossa): And so cried out the juicy dark cherries & raspberries, “it’s alive! ALIVE!!!!!!” $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz (Barossa): Sir Galahad didn’t have as much purity as the blackberry fruit & eucalyptus herbs here $120 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Jackamans Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): The tannins might have grit, but everything else is silk-sheets levels of silky. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 28, 2012

Vinted on May 28, 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • Zantho Gruner Veltliner (Burgenland): Apparently "zantho" is Austrian for "wonderful, tropical, citrusy, zesty white wine bargain." $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cruz Andina Malbec (Mendoza): Very ripe, jammy plums & blue flowers that are pining for the better balance of past vintages. $19 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): What do we have here? The sweet lemon, herbs & cheese plate has been served $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Saltner Pinot Nero (Alto Adige): Lovely tart red fruits soaking up a bit too much (& less lovely) booze. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • NV J Cuvee 20 25th Anniversary Brut (Russian River Valley): Fuji apple, white flower & lemon cookie take the charge w/ guns a-blazin’ $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 J Vineyards Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Cantaloupe, cashew, cream & consistency; might be best J RRV Chard in recent memory $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 J Vineyards Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Still 1 of the best “guilty pleasure,” black-cherry-&-leather RRV Pinots out there $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Peter Lehmann Dry Riesling (Eden Valley): Helloooo stone peaches; warning: do not approach if you are shy about pith (or minerals). $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Peter Lehmann Semillon (Barossa): Those apricots & limes are awfully assertive, but they brought flowers so give ’em some slack. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon (Barossa): Tropical fruits hitting the cream pool with their waxy sunscreen & vinyl floaters on. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): Cranberry, currants, cola & a touch of balsamic; so… is there, like, a BBQ nearby? $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jacobs Creek Reserve Riesling (Barossa): Solid as a rock; and it tastes like one, too, in a refreshing, zesty, gravelly way I mean. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jacobs Creek Steingarten Riesling (Barossa): Chalky, clean, balanced, aromatic & making the other kids in class look like slackers. $9 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Jacobs Creek St Hugo Shiraz (Barossa): A smack of rawhide to the face; but a kinky/sexy kind of slap, w/ blue fruits (ok whatever) $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas (Calatayud): Fabio, buff as ever but reinvented as a deftly talented and agile Tango instructor. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Dama de Toro Malvasia (Toro): Wants to be (very, very) cold, after which it will probably serve your tacos (very, very) well. $11 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz (Barossa): Mexican chocolate gets the grippy, dark-fruity, & herbal Down Undah touch. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage (Barossa): There’s a shot of fire at the end, but the earthy, tangy red fruits are worth the trip. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (Barossa): Cassis & black fruit cowboys, riding high on tea and tomato leaves. $20 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 21, 2012

Vinted on May 21, 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 sample tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 02 Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): 10 yrs on & this spicy, inky, gritty wonder is still tightly wound? Yep! $32 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Jim Barry Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): A rich, licorice-filled game is being played (its name is "vibrancy"). $75 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Knappstein Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Big, dark, plummy fruit that’s gingerly (& overachieving-ly) tending a mint garden. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): A zealous dance of oak and ripe dark blue fruits, with the oak obviously leading. $27 B >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Mitchell McNicol Shiraz (Clare Valley): Not afraid to pair herbs with cedar & silky blue plums; we should all be so bold sometimes $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Taylors St Andrews Shiraz (Clare Valley): Get past the oak & U will lose yourself in dark cloaks of brooding, plummy yumminess. $53 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Caves de Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay (Macon-Lugny): Peaches & cream, along with a few generous spritzes of lemon, lime and grit. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Kilikanoon Morts Reserve Riesling (Clare Valley): All grown up into an assertive, nutty, rich, fruity & strapping young man. $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Taylors St Andrews Riesling (Clare Valley): Fleshy, chalky, floral & serving up texture tailor made for those who love the big boys $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Jim Barry The Florita Riesling (Clare Valley): Tightly wound limes, served up any way you can imagine on a plate of pure slate. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Kilikanoon Morts Reserve Riesling (Clare Valley): Age this quince-filled puppy, because that acid backbone has bark *and* bite. B+ $35 >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Parallel Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): She’s curvy, & has a sweet tooth no doubt; she’s also bright, spicy & fun to be around $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Parallel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The driveway is gravelly, lined with blue- & blackberries, & leads to a mansion $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Les Clos de Paulilles Banyuls rimage (Banyuls): We likes it, precious, the chocolatesssss, but it burnssssss usssssss, precious!!! $20 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut (Champagne): Still just a peach, brioche & apples baby, looking for a decade more of quiet rest. $145 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Unexpected juxtaposition of OR nose & CA mouthfeel, but it works wonderfully. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
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