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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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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-03-27

Vinted on March 27, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Ducca del Frassino Garganega Pinot Grigio (Venezie): Crisp & refreshing if you dig aromas of artificially-flavored banana candy. $20 3L C #
  • 07 Dancing Bull Zinfandel (CA): Easy to like, & easier to drink, though the candied red fruit on the nose might wear out the welcome. $9 C+ #
  • 06 Brutocao Quadriga (Mendocino): 4 Italian grape blend but it's the 18% Barbera that *really* keeps things interesting (& red-plummy) $24 B #
  • NV Henry's Drive Vignerons "The Postmistress" Blanc de Blanc (Padthaway): Squeaky clean pears, she snuck in flowers & brioche, too. $19 B- #
  • 06 Story Winery Picnic Hill Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley, CA): Ugly label, but solid old vine sipper. Tangy, w/ sweet black licorice. $25 B #
  • 07 Gramercy Cellars 'Lagniappe' Syrah (Columbia Valley): A magic carpet ride to berry-land; only the carpet is made of smoked meat. B+ $38 #
  • 07 Doyenne Syrah (Yakima Valley): Someone just blitzkrieged your senses Old World style w/ sandalwood & black fruit. And you liked it A- $49 #
  • 07 K Syrah "Phil Lane" (Walla Walla): They got the whole butcher shop, incense store, & blueberry bush in there, topped up w/ booze. A- $70 #
  • 06 Columbia Winery Syrah (Columbia Valley): Too funky for its own dang self. A shame, because the spice & supple texture are nice. C+ $16 #
  • 08 Hayman & Hill Chardonnay Reserve Selection (Russian River Valley): Solid as a barely-ripe peach; tastes just as good as one, too. $15 B- #
  • 08 Hayman & Hill Pinot Noir Reserve Selection (Santa Lucia Highlands): Oak, lees contact, & a big dose of Malbec. None of it helped. $18 C #
  • 07 Hayman & Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection (Napa Valley): Simple, but you won't be mistaking it for succulent anytime soon $15 C+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-03-20

Vinted on March 20, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Bastianich Tocai Plus (Colli Orientali): Dense, structured, rich, a honeycomb w/out the sugar. Further proof of Fruili's potential. $66 A #
  • 06 Bastianich Calabrone (Colli Orientali): What Merlot & Refosco taste like after they shrivel up & are carried to heaven by cherubs. $55 A- #
  • 07 Liberty School Chardonnay (Central Coast): Lovely pineapple & pear, but that finish is toasted (in multiple senses of the word). $12 C #
  • 07 Liberty School Cuvee (Central Coast): Impressive amounts of balance, spice & bright red fruit for an unoppressive chunk of change. $12 B- #
  • 07 Liberty School Syrah (Central Coast): Bursts out of the gate w/ pepper & plum, but kind of stumbles en route to the 'finish' line. $12 C+ #
  • 08 Bastianich Vespa Bianco (Colli Orientali): A deciever, at 1st minerals & lemon, then it's all stone fruits, lush & almost honeyed. $35 B+ #
  • 08 Domaine Georges Trichard Chenas (Beaujolais): A red berry cobbler with a dash of black & white pepper to keep you on your toes. $17 B+ #
  • 06 Lieff Auberge Road Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): Prunes & sweet dried fig, but they're served on a rubberized plate. $50 B #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-03-13

Vinted on March 13, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Olsen Ogden Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Go big or go home. In this case, VERY big. And smoky. And vanilla-y. U get the idea. $32 B #
  • 07 Sean Minor Four Bears Pinot Noir (Napa Valley / Carneros): A lot of cherry & spice, but it's hidden behind the smoke screen. $17 C+ #
  • 07 Jaboulet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise "Le Chant des Griolles" (Rhone): 1 of THE best Muscats I've EVER had. Asian pear fans rejoice. $25 A #
  • 07 Leitz "Eins Zwei Dry" Riesling (Rheingau): Superior to the `08 – steely, crisp with *commanding* acidity. An awesome bargain for $18 B+ #
  • 08 Stellar Organics No Added Sulfites Merlot (S. Africa): Makes a very strong argument for the addition of at least *some* sulfites. $12 C- #
  • 07 Heron Hill Old Vines Riesling Reserve (Finger Lakes): For those who like their citrus with pith intact & rinsed in mineral water. $25 B- #
  • 07 Bargetto Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): So much sweet incense spiciness, it's like being at the spa, but soaking in blackberry booze. $18 B+ #
  • 08 Stellar Organics No Added Sulfites Chenin Blanc / Sauvignon Blanc (S. Africa): Environment-friendly, but not taste-friendly. $12 C- #
  • 09 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): A concentrated shot of passion- & pink grapefruit-juice. Maybe *too* concentrated. $15 B- #
  • 08 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Slightly awkward but promising juggling act of bright cherry, sweet oak & lively acidity. $22 B- #
  • 06 Ch. Tanunda Noble Baron Shiraz (Barossa): She's too smooth & sultry. You'll go to bed w/ her but probably won't call her tomorrow. $50 B+ #
  • 08 Fred Loimer "Lois" Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal): GruVe it is, but with that light body, simple aroma & short finish, groovy it isn't. $15 C #
  • 08 Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal): All sultana & citrus, & almost all very good. Pass the Asian salad with nuts & mandarins! $14 B- #
  • 06 Revolver Wine Co. 'The Fury' Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): A fist full o' flowers. And jammy blue & black fruits. And some booze. $45 B #

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