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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-11-12

Vinted on November 13, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Maculan Moscato Dindarello (Veneto): Flowers & citrus are nice, but cloying banana-candy flavors do not a good vintage make. $18 C+ #
  • 06 Hesperian Harry’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Go west young man, & find tannin chains long as the Alaskan pipeline. $60 A- #
  • 09 Toquade Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): NZ passion fruit comes to Napa, with a French twist of lemon & herbs. In a word: Fantastic. $20 B+ #
  • 08 Zilliken Butterfly Riesling (Mosel): Puts a white peach in your nose, a lemony zing in your step & only little dent in your wallet. $16 B #
  • 08 Caduceus Sancha (Arizona): Dusty, brooding & dark-fruited proof that Tempranillo can, in fact, feel at home somewhere in the U.S. $59 B+ #
  • 09 Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Nachise (Arizona): Fierce as its namesake. Dig the dusty, coffee notes but longing for more red fruit $19 B- #
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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-11-05

Vinted on November 6, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Heck of a 1st release. Screamin acidity keeps the vanilla in check $20 B ->
  • 07 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Alexander Valley): Like some kind of extraterrestrial fig pie mothership sent to Earth to be your overlord $55 B+ ->
  • 08 Hanzell Vineyards Sebella Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley): Impeccably-crafted, creamy, & just too rich for my blood (alcohol level). $36 B- ->
  • 07 Hanzell Pinot Noir (Sonoma Valley): Like an overweight opera singer; very big, but just belting out the complexity & performance. $95 B+ ->
  • 08 Dreissigacker Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Like poppin' lemon drops, only more fun & a better match with spicy Asian foods. $17 B ->
  • 07 Montes Kaiken Malbec (Mendoza): The Manwich of decently-priced Malbecs; almost a (uncomplicated but dark& tasty) meal on its own. $14 B- ->
  • 09 Chateau La Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc: Like alternating sips of Sauv Blanc & Semillion; a bit schizophrenic but summer-salad-ready. $12 C+ ->
  • 09 Axel des Vignes Bordeaux Rosé: The nose is berry, (red) berry nice, but afterward the finish puts the "bored" in Bordeaux. $10 C+ ->
  • 06 Chateau Feret-Lambert Bordeaux Superieur Rouge: Olden style, earthy Merlot-based goodness at an olden style down-to-Earth price. $17 B- ->
  • 09 Bastianich Adriatico Ribolla (Slovenia): Seductive citrus in a "you're not a white wine from around here, are you?" kind of way. N/A B- ->
  • 06 Marita's Vineyard SOMA Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in pure, amazing dark fruit. $86 A- ->
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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-29

Vinted on October 30, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 02 Churchill's LBV Port (Porto): Somebody tell Jack Sparrow that when the rum is all gone, this rum-ish & pruney port might do instead $29 B ->
  • 07 Line 39 Petite Sirah (North Coast): It might be a dark & grapey one-trick pony, but it's a *tasty* dark & grapey one-trick pony. $10 C+ ->
  • 06 Robert Biale "Royal Punishers" Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Blackberry, game & smoke won't punish tastebuds, but will punish wallets $42 B ->
  • NV Graham Beck Brut Rose (Robertson/Stellenbosch): Finishes a bit of a brute, but comes on as tangy & fun as a mixed fruit cocktail. $14 B- ->
  • 09 Bonny Doon Contra (Central Coast): The price is right for this fun, almost candied berry, lip-smacking-with-pork-chops red blend. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Graham Beck Viognier (Robertson): The honey & peach are far from a joke, but there's way too much smoke for just 20% french oak. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino): A bit of a heavy hand, but that hand is dealing lemon grass & citrus fruits n spades. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Chardonnay (Mendocino): The smoke might run you out, but don't leave before you meet the pear, golden apple & vanilla. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir (Mendocino): A Burgundian dons a cowboy hat, spurs, boots, & moseys out on the range. And it almost works. $29 B- ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Zinfandel (Mendocino): One of the best, most complex, complete and ageworthy Zins I've had in what seems like forever. $25 B+ ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino): So much chocolate you'll feel like you're at a tasting with the Easter Bunny, & like it. $24 B ->
  • 06 Paul Dolan Deep Red (Mendocino): Big, pruny, rough, but as pure & true-to-place an expression as you're likely to find in the U.S. $42 B+ ->
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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-22

Vinted on October 23, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 C. Donatiello Floodgate Vineyard Block 15 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Like liquified red-berry-flavored satin sheets. $49 B+ ->
  • 09 Bodegas Marqués de Vizhoja Torre la Moreira Albariño (Rias Baixas): A Citrus, mineral, & acid assault to unleash on grilled prawns. $10 B ->
  • 06 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A master clinic in black cherry & black currant depth, power & intensity $200 A- ->
  • NV Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut (Cava): Honey, flowers, pears, apples deliver a very high celebratory deliciousness/price ratio. $20 B ->
  • NV Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Bubbly for blackberry lovers. This shingle bites back on the finish tho $22 B- ->
  • 09 Masi Masianco (Venezie): How did all that tasty pineapple get in here? On 2nd thought just give me another glass & forget I asked. $12 B ->
  • 06 Masi Campofiorin (Veronese): Odd name, but a good bargain. Will probably have you reaching for prosciutto-covered anything. $15 B ->
  • 08 Banfi Chianti Superiore (Chainti): I wouldn't call it superior, but it's certainly not disappointing. Bring on the veggie lasagna. $11 B- ->
  • 06 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva (Chianti Rufina): Dark, supple, and pasta-ready, though a bit rough-ina around the edges. $22 B ->
  • 06 Catena Alta Malbec (Mendoza): A blackberry, chocolate & spices delight, sort of like dessert only with booze instead of sugar. $48 B+ ->
  • 08 Catena Alta Estate Lots Chardonnay (Mendoza): Got it all going on, from tropical fruit to nutmeg, if you can get past the butter. $30 B ->
  • 09 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste Rose (Napa Valley): Tasty strawberry action that would taste even better if it was priced even lower. $24 B ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour (Napa Valley): A more enjoyable balance between dark cherry & mint probably can't be found for the $. $90 A- ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian (Napa Valley): Red lovers can rejoice. Cab Franc lovers might not believe this is almost 50% CF tho $90 B+ ->
  • 07 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration (Napa Valley): A plum & tobacco classic, but not to be taken for a spin for another 8 yrs minimum $90 A- ->
  • 06 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration (Napa Valley): Not sure how they did it, but they're already close to delivering a Merlot legend. $90 A ->
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