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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-24

Vinted on April 24, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Alamos Chardonnay (Mendoza): Things may get too tropical, toasty, or sweet for you, but things will *definitely* get interesting. $13 B- #
  • 05 Snows Lake “Two” (Lake County): CS/CF blend layered w/ berry, spices, cocoa, it’s like the whole pantry. Underpriced (for now) at $45 A #
  • 07 Talus Collection Zinfandel (Lodi): Almost improbably good. Like a 1st date that’s also a cheap date & ends with you getting lucky. $7 B- #
  • 07 Eola Hills Zinfandel (Lodi): A shot of booziness on the palate isn’t enough to spoil the spicy, jammy fruit & dusty-tannin party. $13 B- #
  • 07 Trefethen Double T (Napa Valley): Heavy on the fig, heavy on the smoky spice, heavy on the mellow smoothness, heavy on the value. $25 B+ #
  • 04 Sterling “Three Palms” Merlot (Napa Valley): Drinks like a Cab. It’s good but know what you’re in for (namely, dried black cherry) $30 B+ #
  • 08 Elviwines Clasico Red (Ribiera del Jucar): Juicy dried cherries, only the cherries are kinda under-ripe & leave you a bit wanting. $13 C #
  • 08 Hazlitt Homestead Reserve Riesling (Finger Lakes): Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the tartest lemony finish of them all? $18 B #
  • 08 Clos Cristal Hospices De Saumur (Saumur Champigny): And they ruled the land with a Violet fist! With a hint o’ green as well. $19 B #
  • 07 Seven Artisans Clayton Rd Ranches Petite Sirah (Suisan Valley): KISS’ “Hotter Than Hell” might have been referring to this wine. $17 C+ #
  • NV Campbells Tokay Liquid Gold (Rutherglen): Lusciously uber-extracted nutty caramel. Enough abv to pickle you soundly (twice over). $14 B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-17

Vinted on April 17, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Jules Taylor Pinot Gris (Marlborough): Pure stone fruits & creamy complexity make for a jewel from Jules. Best JT I've had yet. $15 B #
  • 07 Michael David Petite Petit (Lodi): Name is equal billing but it's mostly PS w/ some PV. Big, black, bold, & maybe a little Bretty. $18 B- #
  • 08 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Capable Mevushal SB. Like lemon squeezed over wet rocks, only the rocks have rough edges. $17 C+ #
  • Psagot "EDOM" (Judean Hills): Bordeaux blend, drinks like snacking on blackberries while strolling through the Asian spice market. $26 B+ #
  • 08 Laurenz V. Singing Grüner Veltliner (Austria): You'll be singing after tasting the crisp apple acidity on this thing's palate. $13 B- #
  • Laurenz V. 2006 Charming Grüner Veltliner (Austria): Charming indeed, but charming like Roger Moore's James Bond – also damn serious $26 B+ #
  • 06 Ottimino 'Zinfinity' Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Dark, jammy, spicy, smooth, & just a bit hot. But also a bit of a hot bargain. $17 B #
  • 06 Domaine Guion Cuvee Prestige (Bourgueil): Brambly red fruit & spice peeking out their heads from under a pound or so of fertilizer $14 C- #
  • NV La Marca Prosecco (Veneto): You'll come for the smell of yellow apple, but you'll stay for the awesome whipped-cream-like mousse. $17 A- #
  • 05 DaVinci 'St. Ippolito' (Toscana): Merlot & Syrah that's actually well-balanced & has food-friendly acidity? I'd call that Super. $45 A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-10

Vinted on April 10, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • NV Banfi Rosa Regale (Brachetto d’Acqui): Cranberries, rose petals, & fun. Don’t expect an open bottle to stay full for very long. $20 B- #
  • 06 Gallo Barrelli Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Serve to those who still think fruit bombs can’t be legit. $35 B+ #
  • 08 Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Gris (Sonoma Coast): Honeydew & citrus, please, on the rocks. Easy on the flab. Shaken, not stirred. $20 B #
  • 08 Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): The road to spicy Asian food pairing is paved w/ peaches, lemon zest & wet rocks. $15 B+ #
  • 08 Domaine Ricard “Le Clos de Vauriou” (Touraine): The *other* Gamay is grapey goodness, but you’d better really like white pepper. $12 B+ #
  • 06 Cross ‘Brix Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Checking into the black currant hotel. The beds have velvet tannin sheets. $65 A #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Muscat Ca’ Del Solo (Monterey): Squeeze some lemon onto an orange blossom & you’ll get the (generally excellent) idea. $18 B+ #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare (CA): If drinking this well-crafted rose in the Summer doesn’t make you happy, then you have issues. $15 B+ #
  • 07 Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita (Montsant): This kosher Garnacha blend has that “I’m damn sexy” vibe goin’ on. Hello, date night! $22 B #
  • 05 Trefethen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Enormous & powerful. The obelisk from Kubrick’s 2001 whispering “worship me.” $100 A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-03

Vinted on April 3, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07Atwater Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Highway robbery at the price; the kind where U make out like a spice- and limes-loving bandit. $18 B+ #
  • 07 Pina Buckeye Viny'd Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): As spicey & herbal as it gets from the Mtn. Superb but not cheap! $85 A #
  • 08 Sutter Home White Zinfandel (CA): For this price, it's a bargain. A 1-dimmensional (strawberry) bargain, but a bargain nonetheless. $4 C #
  • 08 FishEye Chardonnay (CA): In the eye of this beholder, it's not a beauty. More like a shot in the eye of acid & vanilla extract. $6 C- #
  • 08 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Nose is screamin' limes & gooseberry, but the palate is screamin' a bit too much acid. $23 B- #
  • 07 Ch. Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz (Barossa): Crowds will luv the approachable red berry / pepper action but you'd best like cola too $19 B #
  • 05 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace): The lychee & orange zest are textbook, but it's so refined that it somehow sneaks up on you. $15 B+ #
  • 07 Frei Bros. Merlot Reserve (Dry Creek Valley): Dark berry & ahint of herbaceousness, pretty much the whole early-drinking package. $20 B+ #
  • 06 Frei Bros. Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): As CA as they come but the finish has too much sizzle for under 14% abv. $24 B- #
  • 07 Frei Bros. Chardonnay Reserve (Russian River Valley): Peaches & cream, but those peaches are balanced, toasty & downright crispy. $20 B #
  • 08 Frei Bros. Sauvignon Blanc Reserve (Russian River Valley): The lemongrass is way high, but fortunately the flabiness is way low. $20 B #
  • 07 Stanton St. Helena Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): The Stones' "Paint It Black" comes to mind, except with a spicer, happier ending. $45 A- #
  • NV Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Ste Anne (Champagne): A little bread, a lot of green apple & pear, and smidgen of astringent boozy heat. $35 B #
  • 08 Aveleda Vinho Verde Fonte (Portugal): Refreshing as expected, but the creamy mouthfeel & tropical fruits are a pleasant surprise. $8 B+ #
  • 07 Monte Bernardi Chianti Classico Retromarcia: This is sleek modern Italia black-fruit style for the trendy Milano high-fashion set. $18 B- #
  • 07 Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir (Carneros): Those who don't like tangy (cranberry, raspberry) had better stay far away from this puppy. $30 B #
  • 04 Markham Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Nothing small about it. Opulent, peppery, dried-fruit bomb. Velvety texture will make friends. $25 B+ #
  • 06 Selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese (Mosel): Romancing the stone (as in stone fruits, wet rocks, sweet talk…). $44 A #

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