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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 1, 2018

Vinted on January 1, 2018 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 CUNE Gran Reserva (Rioja): The mark is hit, but here's fair warning – the arrows used are broadheads, and made with some rather thick oak. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Vina Real Reserva (Rioja): Pretty much all of the vivacity, spice, and tasty-chewy dark cherry fruit that you could reasonably be asked to handle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rose (Cava): Bold declarations, along with surprising depth & concentration, from the oft-underappreciated Barcelona native. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gran Moraine Brut Rose (Yamhill-Carlton): Wait a minute, what? You mean we're not in Champagne? Because I could have sworn we were in Champagne just then… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sometimes, it's just obvious why standard-bears bear the standard. This is definitely one of those times, folks. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc (Oakville): What can a lot of loving attention do to NV CF? It can make it thoroughly kick ass, that's what it can do. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juuuuuuuuust about perfecting the balance between bold power and spicy, textured elegance. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): The High Bridge just keeps reaching new heights – & adding smidgens of delicious Cab Franc… $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir (Paredones): On point, for sure, though not totally sure of itself perhaps. Though I am totally sure that you'll want salmon with it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brancaia ILATRAIA Maremma Rosso (Toscana): Don't get distracted by the showy outfit this is wearing; what's underneath contains layers of intrigue & depth of character. $70 A >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 25, 2017

Vinted on December 25, 2017 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!

  • 13 Bonterra Vineyards The McNab Single Vineyard Cuvee (Mendocino County): Those who like their CA reds nice and juicy will probably want to mc-nab the McNab ASAP. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maley Brothers Vineyards Lodi Native Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): Taming the beast, without ever really losing sight of the what makes the beast awesome in the first place. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella (Valpolicella): If you feel like this chewy number perennially is on point without missing a beat, that's because it's actually perennially on point without missing a beat. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Reva Nebbiolo d'Alba (Monforte d'Alba): With a little bit of understanding, and more than a little bit of patience, you'll be in full-on contemplation mode with this little beauty. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Frescobaldi Massovino Ammiraglia Vermentino (Toscana): Not exactly flagship material, but you won't be complaining – & your glass won't stay full very long, either. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): On the rich, spicy, and caramel-laden side. And yeah, you can go ahead and just thank it for all of that later. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran (Madiran): Clearly an impressive performer, as just about every right note is hit in an entertaining way here. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Elian Da Ros Abouriou Rouge (Cotes du Marmandais): Authenticity, ruggedness, & hipster cred, but in this case you can actually just *enjoy* it. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Henriot Brut Souverain (Champagne): As English Bob put it, the sight of royalty would cause you to dismiss all thoughts of bloodshed and you would stand… in awe… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve (Champagne): Yellow & green apples, and white peaches – and cloud-pleasing quaff-ability – in almost embarrassingly rich amounts. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 18, 2017

Vinted on December 18, 2017 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!

  • 14 William Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Put this one into the "I want to love it NOW" category; and FTR, it wants to love you, too. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 William Hill Benchland Series Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Struts boldly into the room, all dolled up, dancing to the tune of "Brick House" $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Troon Vineyards Grenache (Rogue Valley): A rogue is right; this one has a pretty face, is a smooth talker, and secretly packs a potent punch. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine du Cros 2014 Lo Sang del Pais (Marcillac): The wily Fer Servidou gets a pretty sleek, glamorous make-over, without losing its rustic soul. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau Lamartine Prestige du Malbec (Cahors): Cot from Cahors that's clean, capable, and a downright steal for the coin for which they're asking. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Chateau Laulerie Bergerac Blanc (Bergerac): Dry action from the Berg that is begging for shrimp tacos out on the deck in the Summertime. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux (Beaujolais): There is nothing cross about the attitude of this energetic little beauty. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): They should probably use a pic of this in the dictionary under the LBV definition entry. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Aecovi Alexandro Amontillado Sherry (Marco de Jerez): A guilty pleasure of nuttiness that will make you forget almost all of the thousand injuries of Fortunato. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Barone Pizzini Animante Brut (Franciacorta): One thing's for sure, this one will animate your palate after some hearty risotto dinner action. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 11, 2017

Vinted on December 11, 2017 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!

  • 15 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Raspberries, rosemary, roses, & black tea, all adorably competing for attention with puppy-like enthusiasm. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Dr. Heger Pinot Blanc (Baden): In this case, an apple a day is what the Dr. is actually bringing to you. Lucky for you, and lucky for your wallet, too. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva (Abruzzo): Juicy, rich, dense, bold, and just totally unapologetic about all of it. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Luca Bosio Vineyards Barbaresco (Barbaresco): Sometimes, a good Barbaresco is even more beguiling than a good Barolo. This is not one of those times. $40 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Reva Barolo (Barolo): Understatement is a lost art; for those on whom it isn't lost, I've got juuuuust the Northern Italian red to pour for you… $49 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Pascal Granger La Jacarde Beaujolais Villages Blanc (Beaujolais): Refreshingly refreshing. Where were you when I was baking under the Summer sun? $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem (Languedoc-Roussillon): A little too big for its britches, but about as impressive as ever. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Blanc (Languedoc-Roussillon): I'm thinking that The Who's "Bargain" would make a great theme song here. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Prosper Maufoux Cremant de Bourgogne Rose Brut (Bourgogne): Kind of like your leftover Thanksgiving cranberries, only way, way better. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stephane Aviron Domaine de la Madriere Fleurie Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais): Delightfully earthy. Or maybe that's earthily delightful. Whatever, just drink it. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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