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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For July 2, 2012

Vinted on July 2, 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!

  • NV Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Frizzante (Osterreich): One likes what’s there, but wishes there was more there; too soft a voice. $18 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Paringa Sparkling Shiraz (South Australia): For a slice of blueberry pie; or, actually *instead* of a slice of blueberry pie. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Black cherry, raspberries, grit & pretty much everything to love about Paso Syrah. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Royal Tokaji Furmint (Tokaji): Goosing your palate with its heady, lovely gooseberry aromas; in a good way, I mean. Ok, whatever. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Lions Drift Silkbush Mountain Vineyard Pinotage (Breedekloof): SA’s divisive specialty gets a successful light-&-bright makeover. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Herbs, eucalyptus & grit get a vibrant, refined, & overachieving red-fruited touch. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Streiker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay (Margaret River): Rich, creamy melon & lemon-rind austerity? Happy together, in fact. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Moss Wood Chardonnay (Margaret River): Even Harry Belafonte probably didn’t reference this much coconut in his entire career. $40 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay (Margaret River): Buttery nose? Not to worry, crisp, lemony lineal structure takes over the proceedings. $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Vasse Felix Chardonnay (Margaret River): Almost all of the flinty, nutty, creamy, steely Heytesbury goodness, & a LOT less coin. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay (Margaret River): Flinty, minerally, funky, linear, steely, tropical & tourniquet tight for now. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Red (Margaret River): Blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, black cola, & probably black satin sheets too $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Fan of 2ndary aromas (gravel, leather, tomato leaf, balsamic)? Prepare 2 B happy. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot (Margaret River): Elegant & firm, kind of like the heroine of some kind of modern day spy novel. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Soft & structured, tangy & tight, earthy & fruity, pricey but worth it. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River): Like mineral water was used to wash fresh melons, apples, peaches & brioche. $76 A- >>find this wine>>
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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 25, 2012

Vinted on June 25, 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 Don Maximiano Founders Reserve (Valle de Aconcagua): Rich, expressive, dark, herbal, savory, tart, & absolutely afraid of nothing. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Morande Edicion Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla Valley): Picking up where the fab 07 left off, pegs the "that’s interesting!" meter. $23 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Lauca R. Limited Edition Carignan (Maule Valley): 65 yr old vines, ~250 cases, & one hot Summer night’s fill of pure seduction. $150 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domus Aurea (Maipo Valley): Thoroughly elegant, masterfully structured, and proudly sporting green pepper without any apologies. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 De Martino Legado Chardonnay Reserve (Limari Valley): Peaches traveling a flower-lined, linear, straight-as-an-arrow mineral track. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Alto Valley): All the savory blackcurrant you’d want from a $25 Cab, w/ $10 in change $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Has oak, and isn’t afraid to use it in its deft dark-cherry & tart-berry hands. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere (Lolol Valley): Structure made of pepper, plums and oak, that’s clearly built for the steakhouse. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 De Martino Alto De Piedras Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Deep, dark, spicy, chewy, serious stuff that’s also still seriously young. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cono Sur 20 Barrles Syrah (Limari Valley): Nose will leave U wanting, but the long finish will leave U wondering how they did it. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Syrah (Casablanca Valley): Chalk, pepper & red plum steel you for the grip of a gritty, leathery finish. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Any ritual getting SB this herbal, fruity & balanced ought to be followed religiously. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): Pepper, lemon, chilies, cheese; just add sausage & U got Charcuterie! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): A darn good bit of gritty, spicy, berry-laden Paso in not-a-lot of 500ml packaging. $7 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): Cherries, red berries, and a temporary respite from not feeling like charmed royalty. $41 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Seems X-mas (spices) came early, often & generously for OR in ’08. $60 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Crisp, pithy lines of apple structure for a tower of honeydew melon & passion fruit. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box Chardonnay (California): 4 bottles of bobbing for green apples in a toasty vanilla barrel. $19 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage (Carneros): The old girl is starting to get nutty, but continues to feel rich, peachy & sprightly. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For June 18, 2012

Vinted on June 18, 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!

  • 10 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella (Valpolicella Classico): Dried cherries, vanilla and a rather congenial attitude at the dinner table. $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 03 Ridge Lytton Springs Vineyard (Dry Creek Valley): For a "lesser vintage" this sure sports a lot of old-fashioned vinous kung-fu. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Hatzidakis White (Santorini): Aidani, Athiri, Assyrtiko, attitude, and as much citrus/orange rind as any alky can reasonably muster $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Recanati Chardonnay (Galilee): Wants to be creamy, but there’s no hiding that linear, stony vibrancy is where its soul really is. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato (Irpinia Aglianico): Lookin’ for cherries & spice in all the right places, & finding them. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Alpha Estate Axia Malagouzia (Florina): As if Torrontes went on a diet, through a strict regimen of salt water lake lap swimming. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard (Amyndeon): Sour dark cherry that might be too sour for some; but just man up, it’s tasty! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marius Blanc By M. Chapoutier (Pays d’Oc): Drink it this Summer, & you’ll be wishing for next Summer so you can drink it again. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Tail Ridge Blaufränkisch (Finger Lakes): The Death Star, if it had been made from tasty black cherry pits & kick-ass pepper. $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Red Tail Ridge Dornfelder (Finger Lakes): Red plums, funky earth, spicy pepper & a poignant pining for the German home land. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes): Cranberry, earth & sweet spice welcoming the dawn of Summer with open arms & a smile. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): You can get a slightly better balancing act at a circus but it won’t taste as good $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Red Tail Ridge Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Lime zest right from the FLX Riesling textbook, & a heap of spice adorns the page. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Definitely a wine for today; but, thankfully, today happens to be pretty tasty. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Newton Vineyards Unfiltered Chardonnay (Napa County): Character? Oh, yeah, in spades, actually. Subtlety? Uh, not really, no. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Trimbach Riesling (Alsace): Oh, wait, did you make stir fry with spicy peanut sauce for dinner? Really? So, like, can I come over? $21 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

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