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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For May 7, 2012

Vinted on May 7, 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!

  • 09 Garfield Estates Syrah (Grand Valley): Acting more Rhone-like than 1/2 the Rhone producers I’ve tasted (for about 1/2 the coin too) $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Garfield Estates Vin Rose (Grand Valley): Who brought this Loire guy to the American Midwest? Because I really need to thank him. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Garfield Estates S2 (Grand Valley): Tropical fruits meet lanolin & go for a smooth mouthfeel ride that’s also smooth on your wallet $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia (Bolgheri): Tight as a drum now, eventually will play U a complex, meaty, vibrant, spicy symphony. $215 A >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Canyon Wind IV (Grand Valley): Svelte, assertive, complex & ready to stand toe-to-toe (in boots) w/ high-end Napa, WA & Chile. $100 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Canyon Wind Petit Verdot (Grand Valley): Digs in the dirt, finds tasty game w/ side of currants & a LOT of pepper to shake on it. $26 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Anemoi Boreas (Grand Valley): Bordeaux comes to Colorado, brings nutmeg & then adopts boots, cowboy hat, & a heap of true grit. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Canyon Wind 47 Ten (Grand Valley): Rose of Merlot that’s actually lively & a touch serious (in other words, it’s actually *good*). $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stone Cottage Cellars Chardonnay (West Elks): Apples & apricots now loudly announcing themselves as your scallop ceviche’s new BFFs $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stone Cottage Cellars Gewurztraminer (West Elks): Lychee, lime zest & acids with the vibrant brilliance of a neutrino star. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Colterris Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Valley): Spicy, tangy, he brought flowers (he also wanted to get a little hot & heavy too soon) $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Whitewater Hill Vineyards Riesling Icewine (Grand Valley): Sporting fruit purity that would make its Canadian counterparts blush. $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Guy Drew Vineyards Russell Vineyard Riesling (Montezuma County): Apples & lemon grass hiking to 6800 ft & still looking bright-eyed $16 B >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 30, 2012

Vinted on April 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 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!

  • 09 Saintsbury Garnet Pinot Noir (Carneros): Raspberries are in the sage brush, along with a bushel of oak sticks; time to pick! $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Saintsbury Chardonnay Unfiltered (Carneros): Lively dance, but fat lady is starting to sing when it comes to those melon fruits. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Evening Land Tempest Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Lay it down for 6 years, then invite me over after opening it, please. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Sanford And Benedict Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Peter Piper picked a peck of pithy peppery pulchritudinous strawberries $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bent Rock Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Apples, apricots & cream, all washed clean in a crystal-clear spring water stream. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Sanford And Benedict Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Chardonnay as stunningly good-looking super-hero for food, cape & all. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Hirsch Vineyards Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Red berry compote went out for tea & brought back a bag full of awesome $85 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Hirsch Vineyards Bohan Dillon Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Attn! Herbs, citrus rind & minerals now pulling into strawberry central! $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Hirsch Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Refreshing as meeting up with a frozen fruit-&-creamcicle in the Sahara. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Like your favorite X-mas party, spiced foods & all, condensed into a glass. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Richly but not ostentatiously adorned; let’s go with "flamboyantly reserved!" $50 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cobb Rice Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Where cranberry, earth & herbs go when they wanna get all dressed up & fancy. $75 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chappellet Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Peaches, apples, nutmeg & electric verve; plug in, & serve up with braised chicken & potatoes $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): So unapologetic & bold, it could have been sculpted by Marcel Duchamp. $49 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For April 23, 2012

Vinted on April 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 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 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant en foudre (Central Coast): A wild animal glimpsed among the blue flowers & tangy Rubus phoenicolasius. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant en demi-muid (Central Coast): Somehow got the entire guinea fowl with spiced plum reduction in there. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (Central Coast): Floral, feral & vibrant; might be too plummy, but it’s a compellingly complex beast. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio (Friuli): We need more mineral-driven, crisp, well-built wines like this, if only to keep the snobs quiet. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 H&G Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Chalk Hill): More like Chocolate Hill, & said hill is solidly fortified w/ dark fruit structure $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 David Family Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Leather label adorns serious juice; needs patience & a penchant for Big $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Malk Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Living large & isn’t afraid to flaunt it a bit, w/ surprising breath-of-fresh-air action, too. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir (Martinborough): Admit it, you didn’t really know the boys in NZ grew up *this* big, did you? $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Draconis Syrah Traditional (Lodi): A Jennifer Garner in the glass; sexy, cut & svelte – but voluptuous in all the right places. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Chateau de Cosse (Sauternes): As tangerine as Tangerine Dream’s Atem; but it’s the vinyl re-issue version, remastered for clarity. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Chimney Rock Sauvignon Gris (Napa Valley): A strange grape, it comes in peace; but wants a chicken & provolone sandwich now please. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Los Galanes Airen (La Mancha): Minerally refreshment w/ a streak almost as complex as the harsh La Manchian climate it calls home. $8 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Selbach Incline Riesling (Mosel): Apples & lime zest, acting like two best friends & playing politely outside in the park. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Allozo 927 Cosecha (La Mancha): Don Quixote travels to Oz, then takes on jammy Shiraz, & lives to talk (a bit confusingly) about it $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Reserva (Briones): Tempranillo’s tangy equivalent of Giganotosaurus, that nests inside an enormous oak crate $25 B >>find this wine>>
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