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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 11, 2013

Vinted on March 11, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 04 Manuel Quintano Reserva (Rioja): Stewing in its own powerful, plummy juices, smoking a pipe and loving every minute of it all. $44 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cantina Tramin Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige): Greasy and tropical at the beach, but it cleans up crisply just in time for dinner. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Manincor Lagrein Rubatsch (Alto Adige): Resplendent in flowers, rustic berries and peppery verve; her dress has some dirt on it. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Masi Tupungato Corbec (Uco Valley): Right now a grumpy, arguing Italian. In a few years? Betting it'll make you shout Mama Mia! $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Masi Tupungato Paso Doble Red (Uco Valley): Leather, spices, meat and candy; maybe Corvina is settling in snugly down South? $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Masi Tupungato Paso Blanco (Uco Valley): Proves that one shouldn't pass on the appassimento, even when it's done on Pinot Grigio. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Michel Tete Domaine du Close du Fief Julienas (Julienas): Raspberry &amp; pepper riding salami magic carpet, singing A Whole New World $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Clemens Busch Pundericher Marienburg Falkenlay Riesling Erste Lage (Mosel): A lime jammed up one sinus, and awesome up the other. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 01 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja): A magic wand, but used as a skewer for grilling sausages and spiced plums. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cassidy Ranch Kopriva Chardonnay (Los Carneros): Lemon, melon, pear, crisp apples, side of herbs; wait a second, are we in France? $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Bibi Graetz Soffocone di Vincigliata (Toscana): Nearly as sexy and – dare we say it – tender as its controversial namesake. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Artesa Artisan Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Herb-rubbed, flirting with well-done, but ultimately too tasty to deny. $46 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Nappa Valley): Sexy, but yer enjoyment will depend on how much U like yer fruit chocolate-dipped $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Artesa Carneros Chardonnay (Carneros): Peach-colored snake, shining lemon-colored eyes, smooth glide and pithy, forked-tongue bite. $20 B >>find this wine<<

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 4, 2013

Vinted on March 4, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 11 Kirchmayr Zweigelt (Thermenregion): Pretty and perfumey, but it’s not without earthy depth, deep down in those bitter dark eyes. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Anton Bauer Zweigelt Reserve (Osterreich): Cherry candy, pepper, tropical fruit and wet earth; you’re right, it doesn’t quite work $NA C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Heinrich Zweigelt (Burgenland): Textbook Z – rocks, flowers, pepper, tea leaf, dark cherry, and elegant, eminent gulpability. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Leo Hillinger Small Red (Burgenland): Slammin’ like Shaquille, mad mad boy grips the microphone, with a fistful of… PEPPER! $17 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Zantho Blaufrankisch (Burgenland): Peppery, tart, juicy, spicy bargain; prepare for exceptionally long gravelly ride at the end. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Leo Hillinger Blaufrankisch (Burgenland): Darker than a black cherry that’s lost in the country on a starless, moonless midnight. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Heinrich Red (Burgenland): Slippery forest floor footing, but otherwise as easy to like and friendly as Austrian red can get. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Heinrich Blaufrankisch (Burgenland): Cranberry army, understated uniforms, marching in unison with an linear, smooth cadence. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Zantho St. Laurent (Burgenland): Sweet dark cherry and a mild smoke screen trying to obscure the view of something a little funky. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Wieninger Pinot Noir Select (Burgenland): Likes things a little dirty, but a lot spicy; but drink up, it’s fixing to retire soon. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Leo Hillinger Pinot Noir Eveline Trocken (Burgenland): Starts complex, finishes like a 7ft tall dude in chaps; leathery and long. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 25, 2013

Vinted on February 25, 2013 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 reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 09 Chamisal Vineyards Califa Pinot Noir (Edna Valley): Mistake not, this is high-octane Pinot; but the engine is really humming along $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir (Edna Valley): Cranberry and raspberry making joyous noise during serious chalk eraser fight. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Grgich Hills Violetta Late Harvest (Napa Valley): Lemon drop that puts a cloying, pithy, complex drop of its own on you. 375ml $85 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc (Napa Valley): A hayride picnic, serving up cheese, melons, pepper, spicy peppers and lots of character. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Grgich Hills Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Think wood-grilled pineapple; sure, it's smoky, but you can't really eat just one, can you? $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Not oafish by any stretch, but it's carrying licorice whips with dried herb barbs. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Grgich Hills Zinfandel (Napa Valley): This is fixing to find itself some pizza, only it's fancy gourmet, BBQ-chicken style pizza. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Grgich Hills Merlot (Napa Valley): The nose is California, the palate is Right Bank Bord'x, the mixture is all around sexiness. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Tower 15 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles): Dusty, plummy-sweet vanilla ride that gets bumpy towards the end, but finds its way home okay. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tower 15 Grenache Blanc (Paso Robles): Pineapple, honeysuckle and limes giving a blackboard lesson with liberal use of chalk. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Tower 15 The Swell (Paso Robles): Could double as a veritable Welcome sign for the gritty, juicy land of Paso Robles red blends. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast): Carefree tropical living but you still need to enjoy mowing the front lawn. $15 B >>find this wine<<
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