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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-10

Vinted on July 10, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Boutari Kallisti Reserve (Santorini): Smokey, hazlenut vanilla goodness with an acid blast to rock your next scallop dinner. €15 B+ #
  • 06 Boutari Vinsanto (Santorini): A bit too cloying & unbalanced even for this sweet tooth, but those who dig caramel syrup will enjoy €17 B- #
  • 09 Boutari Assyrtiko (Santorini): A fair amount of heft, citrus, & astringency. And by "fair amount," I really mean "maybe too much." €9 C+ #
  • 02 Boutari Kallisti Reserve (Santorini): Like an unsweetened honey-lemon cookie w/ oregano sprinkled on top. But in a totally good way. B+ #
  • 09 Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko (Santorini): Pure & clean grapefruit & citrus flower goodness, all deftly balanced & screaming for seafood. B #
  • 09 Domaine Sigalas Barrel Assyrtiko (Santorini): Peaches & cream, lemons & flowers, decent & tasty. Still in diapers,w/ a long life ahead B+ #
  • 04 Domaine Sigalas Vinsanto (Santorini): You'll forgive the syrupy-ness for the toffee, honey, orange zest, sultana & general "kick-ass." A- #
  • 09 Argyros Assyrtiko (Santorini): Like a well-written witty movie dialog between Ms. bracing acidity & Mr. oaky mellowness. $20 B+ #
  • 07 Argyros Mavotragano (Santorini): Brambly dark cherry & tough tannic bite make it interesting. Too bad they won't make much of it. $24 B- #
  • 89 Argyros Vinsanto (Santorini): Phenomenal. Brandy, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, sultana & espresso that you could sniff for days $100 A- #
  • 09 Koutsoyannopolous Assyrtiko (Santorini): Good acidity doesn't make up for subdued fruit & a boozy edge. Oh, what might have been. C #
  • 07 Koutsoyannopolous Abellones (Santorini): Red blend that delives berry cobbler, a nice mouthfeel & (alas) artificial cherry action. B- #
  • 06 Koutsoyannopolous Vinsanto (Santorini): The caramel is achingly sweet, but raisin, prune & toffee await the brave of teeth. B+ #
  • 09 San..Torini Winery Assyrtiko (Santorini): Crisp & approachably "international" in style. Only serious citrus lovers need apply. $22 B #
  • 08 San..Torini Winery Nykteri (Santorini): Assyrtiko that's seen barrel for nutty richness, somewhat at the expense of better balance. B- #
  • 05 San..Torini Winery Vinsanto (Santorini): Vicsous & lucious, with a superb mouthfeel that makes up for wily V.A. peeking out its head. B+ #
  • 07 Canava Roussos Nykteri (Santorini): Apparently they wanted to kill their lemony Assyrtiko with booze and oak, and they almost succeeded C #
  • 04 Canava Roussos Caldera (Santorini): Deep dark & spicy red fruits that honor its island home's deep, dark & hot volcanic namesake. B+ #
  • 99 Canava Roussos Vinsanto (Santorini): You just might mistake it for a sweet PX; a really, really, really damn good sweet PX, that is. A- #
  • 02 Canava Roussos Mavrathino (Santorini): You might not think that liquid fig pudding is a very good thing. In this case, you'd be wrong. B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-03

Vinted on July 3, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Claypool Cellars "Purple Pachyderm" (RRV): Packs a boozy wallop but the No. 1 pick in this trade is in the awesomely deep red fruit $42 B #
  • 08 Claypool Cellars Hurst Vineyard "Purple Pachyderm" (RRV): The PP's big brother trumpets more red berry intensity into the family. $N/A B+ #
  • 07 Luce della Vite Lucente (Tuscany): Plenty of dark fruit & intrigue in this blend, but it might have you pining for more Sangiovese. $28 B #
  • 08 Guy Saget Les Clissages d’Or (Muscadet Sevre et Maine): A bit green, but given time the citrus will rock your shellfish dinner. $15 B #
  • 09 Tilia Torrontes (Salta): If the apricot & sweet citrus rocked you any harder, this wine would have to change its name to AC/DC. $10 B #
  • 08 Vionta Albarino (Rias Baixas): The finish contains a citrus blast big enough to be worthy of a July 4th fireworks celebration. $19 B #
  • 06 L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate "Perigee" (Walla Walla): 'Close to the earth' is right, & it's close to being perfect. $50 A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-26

Vinted on June 26, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Black Box Malbec (Mendoza): Quite a feat to pack that much blueberry & tobacco spice in that lil' box. A bargain at <$7/bottle. $25 3L B- #
  • 09 Heinz Eifel "Shine" Riesling (Pfalz): What it lacks in balance it makes up for in peaches, limes & (for sure) price. For spicy food $10 B #
  • 09 Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): While planting honey blossoms, you ate a ripe apple & finished it all off with a lemon candy $12 B #
  • 09 Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): A little too clean on the nose, to the point where you're not quite sure what you're in for $13 B- #
  • 09 Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese (Mosel): Promising but cloying. You can smell & taste the sugar as if it's trying just a bit too hard $14 B- #
  • 07 Modus Operandi "Antithesis" (Napa Valley): Big, bold & beautifully rendered. These intense black fruits are not for the squeamish. $95 A- #
  • 04 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (Constantia): S.A.'s legendary Muscat lives up to the legend w/ orange, mango & spices to spare. $50 A- #
  • 09 Dominique Piron Rose (Beaujolais): Don't let the light color fool you, this pairs fat juicy cherries with the depth of a Morgon. $12 B+ #
  • 09 Pierre Marie Chermette "Les Griottes" Rose (Beaujolais): Man, those flowers have *heft*. Probably too much to really be balanced. $15 B- #
  • 08 Domaine de Dorées Beaujolais Blanc: Eminently quaffable & impeccably balanced. Also impeccably priced (shh don't tell them). $12 B+ #
  • 08 Chateau du Chatelard Beaujolais Blanc Vieilles Vignes: Like forward & balanced Chard? U can party w/ this for 1/2 the price of CA. $15 B+ #

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

Vinted on June 19, 2010 binned in 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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