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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-13

Vinted on February 13, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 04 Wellington 100 Yr Old Vines Estate Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley): The concentrated blackberry crack cocaine of Zins. Rich & balanced. $50 A- #
  • 07 Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A nice whiff of dark red fruit & toffee, but only sweet-tooth palates need apply. $28 B- #
  • 06 Waters Crest Cabernet Sauvignon (Long Island): That smoky, spicy cherry on the nose is magic. The slightly thin palate, less so. $40 B- #
  • 06 Ravines Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): The apple & wet rock smell enticing, but you’d better have some food handy for this acid shot $17 B- #
  • 06 Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): A Jim Kelly kung-fu black fruit, chocolate & licorice smackdown. Needs 7 yrs $75 A- #
  • NV Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port: The Port world’s Fig Newtons, only more complex, luscious, tastier & more of a total bargain. $13.50 B+ #
  • NV Casalnova Prosecco (Conegliano, Veneto): Suprisingly rich & downright refined. A honeysuckle lass with sass and some class. $18 B #
  • 02 Blackjack Ranch ‘harmonie’ Red (Santa Barbara): Proof that dried prunes, cassis, & dark root veggies can live together peacefully. $60 A- #
  • 07 Weingut Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese trocken (Mosel): A monster. Honey & lemon curd rock the hizzy. A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-06

Vinted on February 6, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Olson Ogden Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah (Napa): What's not to love: the price. What's to love: everything else, esp. those silky tannins B+ #
  • 09 Grey's Peak Riesling (Waipara): Quince, stone & tropical fruit, & a balanced sense of place – all for under $20. Hats off to the Kiwis. B #
  • 06 Buehler Papa's KnollCabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Special delivery from kickass dark cherry & spice. Pls. don't open for 5 yrs $45 B+ #
  • 08 Buehler Chardonnay Reserve (RRV): So, the tropical fruit & minerals are served with a healthy dollop of cream. You can handle it. $20 B- #
  • 06 Leanne Vineyards Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley): Developed by @TheWineExpert for Seasons52. Missing some earth, but otherwise awesome. $40 B+ #
  • 06 Hugel "Cuvee Les Amours" Pinot Blanc (Alsace): I am in serious Like with this citrusy, textbook expression of aromatic Alsatian PB $17 B #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-30

Vinted on January 30, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Rodney Strong Chardonnay (Sonoma): For the $ you can buy some oak bomb, or go w/ this lively & balanced crowd-pleaser. Your choice. B- #
  • 08 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): This is like magic, it makes the finish totally disappear! Spice & cherry cola help. C #
  • 07 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma): A straight shot of dried black cherry from the 1st sniff all the way thru the tart finish. C+ #
  • 09 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Western Cape): Q: A product can’t jump the shark as soon as it hits the market, can it? A: Actually, yes it can. C- #
  • 05 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee bomb wrapped in rose petals & sprinkled w/ spice. Could lose a few lbs, but still pretty. B+ #
  • 07 Bressia Monteagrelo Syrah (Mendoza): Just like your overpriced, food-unfriendly New World Syrah, except fairly priced & food-friendly! A- #
  • 06 Bressia Profundo (Mendoza): I don’t often get goosebumps from smelling a wine, esp a Malbec; but this black fruit masterpiece delivers. A #
  • 05 Familia Langley Reserva ‘Urraca’ (Mendoza): As dark as its namesake & lovely, but I’m not convinced it’ll ever grow into its own skin. B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-23

Vinted on January 23, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling (Barossa): They ride on blaaaaazing aaaaaciiiiiiiiid! And lemon zest. And then even more acid. B- #
  • 06 Cruz Andina Malbec (Mendoza): More jams than a Phish concert. Decant for 2 hrs, serve w/ brisket & the higher price will seem worth it. B #
  • 08 Folonari Pinot grigio (Veneto): For $9, don't expect the world. But expect its green apple flavor to play nicely with baked fish. C+ #
  • 08 Ritual Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley): There's dark cherry New World Pinot in there, but you've gotta dig thru the green pepper for it. C #
  • 06 Rocca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Big & beautiful. 5 yrs will integrate the red fruits, cinnamon & vanilla, but why wait? A #
  • 08 Giovanni Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie (Arneis): Peach, citrus & screamin' minerality. Could have more aromatic bang for the buck, tho. B #
  • 06 Mettler 'Epicenter' Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Too bad about the heat, 'cause the dense blackberry & cracked pepper totally rock. B- #

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