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

Vinted on April 2, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
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 via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. 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 Graf V. Schonborn Silvaner (Franken): Vibrantly poised to unleash its tropical, pithy kung fu on some nutty, spicy kung pao chicken $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Ernie Els Signature (Stellenbosch): Like combining a good golf game, a heavy steak dinner & chocolate dessert all at the same time $95 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Von Holt Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Entertaining juggling act of berry compote & savory structure. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache (McLaren Vale): This custodian has tight leather grip; in fact, he’s kind of chocking me…! $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Maryhill Viognier (Columbia Valley): Vibrant enough to feel right at home in Virginia; lot of refreshing pear for not a lot of $. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon (Hunter Valley): The Duchamp painting of Oz Semillon; angular, seductive & with undeniable merit. $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 HobNob Pinot Noir (Vin de Pays d’Oc): Complex it ain’t, but quaffable it is; just bring your berry sweet-tooth & you’ll be fine. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 HobNob Cabernet Sauvignon (Vin de Pays d’Oc): A dollop of spice doesn’t take the sweetness out of those sweet plums, alas. $12 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Lacks not cassis, or power, or earthy funk; but beware you the food pairing! $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • NV Casa Rosa Cornicelli Brachetto (Piedmont): Like a loud party or a box of Little Debbie’s; endearing once you get past your hangups $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Travaglini Gattinara Riserva (Gatinara): Pleasing to behold, & poised to mellow with (a lot of) time, like a finely-grained wood. $59 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne (Gattinara): Earthy & old school enough that the tannins will rap your fingers with a hard ruler. $48 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Wente The Nth Degree Chardonnay (Livermore Valley): Tropics, cream & spiciness of substantive Chard, now available w/out the fat. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley/San Francisco Bay): Competing w/ S. America in tastiness & $? Nice work! $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay (Livermore Valley/San Francisco Bay): Balanced, racy, tropical & ruining the curve for underachievers. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Murrieta’s Well The Whip (Livermore Valley): A sophisticated dominatrix, carrying loads of aromatic flowers in the other hand. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (Carneros): The wedding cake of domestic sparklers; gorgeous, layered, & stunning just to take it all in. $95 A >>find this wine>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 26, 2012

Vinted on March 26, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
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 via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. 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 Hanna Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Like bringing freshly cut honeydew melon to a Spring picnic on that freshly cut lawn. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Zonin Prosecco (Prosecco): Simple, but when it comes to refreshment sometimes simple is all that you really need, isn’t it? $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Antoniolo Gattinara Classico (Gattinara): Grippy, complex, serious, & embattled by inner demons about its seductively dark powers. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Antoniolo Gattinara Le Castelle (Gattinara): Leather, clay, red fruit & more life to it than Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Classico (Carema): More shroom than barnyard, more cherry than veggies, more stunning than not. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vallana Campi Raudii (Piedmont): Nebbiolo’s brighter side, which still means tar & earth, but screaming for pasta in a meat sauce. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Odilio Antoniotti Bramaterra (Bramaterra): Red berries & orange rind shining through mucky earth, kind of like stars in a night sky $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Vinedos Aurora Petite Sirah (Lodi): PS gets a dusty, floral, plummy stand-alone treatment, & then ably stands right on its own. $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fields Syrah (Lodi): Gamey, funky, bright & structured? Or lush & sexy? In this case, there isn’t a mutually-exclusive Yes answer! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 m2 Soucie Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Sporting a rustic authenticity that many like to talk about but few really deliver. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 McCay Cellars Contention Zinfandel (Lodi): Things haven’t been this sultry & complex since Gene Tierney was on the big screen. $64 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 McCay Cellars Jupiter Zinfandel (Lodi): Dares you into its funky, brooding, chewy staring contest (& beats you handily at it too). $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 McCay Cellars Paisley Red (Lodi): Ought to be a kitchen sink, but ends up spicily greater than the sum of its spicy, herbal parts. $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 m2 Tempest Tempranillo (Lodi): This funky date starts with leather & chocolate & ends with tobacco smoke (& probably you smiling). $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Bokisch Graciano (Mokelumne River): Hey, who took this lovely little piece of Spain & transported it to Lodi’s volcanic soils? $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Bokisch Verdelho Vista Luna Vineyard (Borden Ranch): The whole tasty tropical fruit; skin, flowers & rocky soil in which it grew. $16 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For March 19, 2012

Vinted on March 19, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
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 via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. 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!

  • 11 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Rich, but agile & fun; like if the Kool Aid Man was made out of grapefruits. Oh Yeah! $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Passion for passion fruit & lip-smacking lemon will be rewarded (so will yer wallet) $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Andriano Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige): Tropical finish longer than the fishing line used to catch what you should be pairing it with. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Wairau River Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Both delicate & gamey; which is much tastier in practice than it might sound in principle. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Brancott Estate Pinot Noir (Marlborough): A shot of juicy, fruity love that’s tailor-made (& tailor-priced) for the picnic table. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard (Napa Valley): Classic structure sporting a grab-a-Snickers-we-R-not-going-anywhere-dude look $155 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse La Mekerra Vineyard (Knights Valley): Muscular but feminine/young; an Olympic swimmer who hasn’t yet hit her prime. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Macchia Outrageous Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Will put hair on your chest; & probably on chests of those standing nearby as well. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Viscous but not vicious, big but not too bold, smokey but… smokey. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Harney Lane Old Vine Lizzy Jane Zinfandel (Lodi): 100+ yr old vines, sporting more leather & asphalt than a Harley Davidson rally. $33 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Harney Lane Chardonnay (Lodi): Your friends who only ever drink creamy Chard will dig this; but the main thing is, so will *you*. $22 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Harney Lane Albarino (Lodi): Crowd-pleasingly worthy of a southern Spanish picnic outing; going tropical, & oh-so-proud of it. $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka Metisse Le Chatelet Grand Cru (Saint Emilion): Intriguing, graceful tension; ballet dancers trying a difficult move on stage $125 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Has bite, but also a lot of bark; in this case, a tasty, spicy, chocolate-anise bark. $52 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes (Volnay): Earthy, full of red cherry & already loves whatever fish you’re having for dinner $29 B >>find this wine>>

 

 

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