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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-08-07

Vinted on August 7, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Benziger Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma/Lake County): Clean & charming. Kind of the Mr. Clean of Cali. SBs, only without the earring. $15 B+ #
  • 08 de Coelo "Terra Neuma" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Challenging vintage births a juicy, mouthwatering fist full of dark cherries. $69 B+ #
  • 08 de Coelo "Quintus" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Mysterious stranger in a dark coat (an earthy, spicy, black cherry kind of coat). $69 A- #
  • 07 Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma): Struggling between "Brooding" (dark berry, espresso) & "Lively" (cola). Oh, yeah, and "Heat". $20 B #
  • 07 Benziger "Tribute" (Sonoma Mountain): Pepper, Cedar, plum, graphite, spice; almost the entire kitchen makes a grand entrance here. $80 A- #
  • 08 August Briggs 'Dijon Clones' Pinot Noir (Napa Valley): The good news? It's velvety, dark & tasty. The bad news? It's damn hot! $40 B #
  • 08 August Briggs Pinot Noir (Russian River): Big, spicy, juicy & seductive. For those who like their Pinot "the bigger the better." $38 B+ #
  • 08 Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Kabinett Riesling (Nahe): Flinty minerals spiking a lime & mango core. Could drink this all day. $19 B+ #
  • 08 Guy Saget Le Domaine Saget Pouilly-Fume: Not too complicated but textbook flinty P-F. Wish more SB from the U.S. tasted like this. $29 B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-31

Vinted on July 31, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Virage (Napa Valley): Definitely one to watch; big, succulent & spicy Cab Franc from (mostly) Carneros coming your way in Oct 2010 $45 B+ #
  • 07 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (Napa Valley): About as superb (& pricey) as it gets in the Valley. Beguiling. $265 A #
  • 07 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard (Napa Valley): A dark fruit monster now that might welcome you with open arms in about 4 yrs. $125 A- #
  • 07 Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard (Napa Valley): Might just be *the* most balanced SB I’ve *ever* had from the Valley. $50 A- #
  • 09 Stags’ Leap Viognier (Napa Valley): Kind of like they tried to kill a pear via drowning in grain alcohol. And they succeeded. $25 B- #
  • 09 Stags’ Leap Amparo Rose (Napa Valley): A bit too ‘hot’ but the payoff is seriously fun warm strawberry compote action at the end. $20 B #
  • 05 Penley Special Select “The Traveler” Shiraz (Coonawarra): Like a big-hair metal concert; over-the-top, fun & exactly what u expect $50 B+ #
  • NV Adami Garbel Brut Prosecco Treviso: Like a bite of yellow apple, at once more substantial *and* fresher than your average Prosecco. $15 B #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-24

Vinted on July 24, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Rocca Bad Boy Red (Napa Valley): Mostly a very, very good boy. But something tells me he might be a Bad Boy when it comes to food. $32 B+ #
  • 07 Torres Sangre de Toro Tempranillo (Catalunya): Summertiiiiiime, and the sippiiiiiiiin’s eeeeaaaasssyyyyy. Especially in this case. $11 B- #
  • 07 Torres Ibericos (Rioja): A sprig of herbs has been stuck into those black cherries, stem and all. Careful with that oak, Eugene. $16 B #
  • 09 Acordeon Torrontes (Cafayate Valley): Limes, pineapples & Jasmine, oh my!! You’d use multiple exclamation points too at this price! $9 B- #
  • 09 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare (Central Coast): Tasty, refined Rose for smart people who still aren’t afraid to like strawberries. $15 B #
  • 04 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): U don’t like black cheery & licorice? Well, U like this black cherry & licorice! $75 A- #
  • 06 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Their vineyard views are gorgeous & substantive. So is this dark-fruited beauty. $40 A- #
  • 09 Bennett Lane White Maximus (Napa Valley): Shooting for vibrancy, tropical fruits & refreshing citrus. Pretty much a bull’s eye. $28 B+ #
  • 07 Bennett Lane Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros): Can you balance creme brulee on citrus, acids, & booze. In this case, you come close. $45 B #
  • 06 Bennett Lane Maximus (Napa Valley): Not distinctive, but this red goes down too juicy & easy not to drink lots of it for the price $35 B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-17

Vinted on July 17, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Jordan Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): A complicated dame w/ huge peaches; sweet as vanilla, but she has a big acid streak too. $29 B+ #
  • 09 Gavalas Assyrtiko (Santorini): Distinctive blue bottle houses a not-so-distinctive but ultimately solid & mineral-driven white. $24 B- #
  • 08 Gavalas Nyktiri (Santorini): Quite simply the tastiest, most balanced & nuanced Nykteri-style Assyrtiko I’ve come across. Bravo. $24 A- #
  • 08 Gavalas “Xenoloo” (Santorini): Trying to decide whether it’s a red or a rose, while you’re waiting (impatiently) & at your expense. €5 C+ #
  • 03 Gavalas Vinsanto (Santorini): A very fresh but decidedly less complex take on the standard Santorini caramel & dried fig goodness. $35 B+ #
  • 03 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Everything’s just *a hair* too heavy-handed in this jammy, licorice-infused blend. $55 B+ #
  • 09 SantoWines Athiri: Comes across like a really decent CA Sauv. Blanc. Alas, production is way too low for the U.S. to ever see this €11. B #
  • 09 SantoWines Assyrtiko (Santorini): Offering of lemons, grapefruit, & floral perfume that’s as solid as the wet rocks in the finish. $18 B #
  • 09 SantoWines Nykteri (Santorini): Equally as solid as its non-oaked Assyrtiko counterpart. Balance (praise Zeus!) rules the day here. $18 B #
  • 03 SantoWines Assyrtiko (Santorini): Organic vineyards & nearly orgasmic with honey, petrol, nuts & crisp mineralty. Downright elegant. A- #

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