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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 23, 2012

Vinted on July 23, 2012 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 Kyklos Moschofilero (Peleponnese): Sweet honeysuckle, ripe peaches, a heaping of slate & a whole lotta swagger to go with it all. $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Martin Codax Albarino (Rias Baixas): Lemony, crisp, food-friendly & refreshing it certainly is; shy and complex it certainly is not $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco (Rioja): Just checked in as the mayor of friendly, refreshing, grapefruity Viura introductions. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Muga Reserva Unfiltered (Rioja): A tasty tart dark cherry cake, but with maybe a bit too much earth-&-oak frosting for a topping. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva (Rioja): Dazzles w/ spicy perfume, entices w/ savory black cherry once it drops its long leather coat $52 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri (Santorini): Not an air put on here, apart from that gorgeous Santorini saline sea air breeze. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Agnus de Valdelana de Autor (Rioja): Big, spicy oak doesn’t undercut even bigger, spicier black cherry, herbs & chalky tannin. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Valdelana Crianza (Rioja): So much tobacco leaf on the cherry fruit & vanilla that you just might try to roll it & light it up. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Tempranillo Joven (Rioja): Beaujolais on holiday in Rioja, brings bouncy red berries & bananas, then decides to stay. $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Valdelana Malvasia (Rioja): Grapefruit & papaya, perfume & pith, aromatics & restraint; why aren’t more Riojans bottling this 100%? $12 B >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Pierola Reserva (Rioja): Like drinking in an old school British Port Lounge & smokehouse, just before moving onto Cognac & stogies. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Ysios Reserva (Rioja): Kind of like dark cherry cola for the World’s Most Interesting Man (at a stay-thirsty price, as well). $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 04 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Gran Reserva (Rioja): Smoke this tobacco if you got ’em; tasting fine now (but prob ready to retire soon) $22 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Reserva (Rioja): Crowd-pleasers unite: here’s a modern, silky Rioja with a nod to the dried-cherry past. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Campo Viejo Tempranillo (Rioja): Tempranillo that’s vibrant & floral, & a cheaper date than anyone you ever met in high school. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Graciano (Rioja): An herbal, spicy, darkly structured mind f*ck (but it’s a pleasing & memorable mind f*ck!) $35 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Inspiracion Valdemar Rioja Edicion Limitada (Rioja): Jump through the heat & youll land on bed of tea leaves & powerful currants. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Valdemar Inspiracion Maturana (Rioja): Like Carmenere’s bigger, smoother, wealthier & generally suaver-with-the-ladies brother. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Conde de Valdemar Crianza (Rioja): Like a fruitier welcome mat for all things Rioja (leather, wood, savory dark cherry… & funk) $15 B- >>find this wine>>
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 16, 2012

Vinted on July 16, 2012 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!

  • 04 Schramsberg Reserve (North Coast): Royal weddings often don’t end as elegantly as this pithy, smokey, heady & characterful bubbly. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg BLanc de Noirs (North Coast): Fruity, pithy, & stare-down-from-a-world-poker-championship-contestant levels of intense $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Late Disgorged (North Coast): 10 yrs on the lees; nuts, apples & brioche U might remember that long. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Schramsberg J Schram (North Coast): What toasted nuts, apples & cherries might be like if served in the Elysian Fields. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut (North Coast): Heady crisp & more refreshing than the other side of the pillow on a hot night. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Penfolds Grange (Barossa): Gates are closed now, but impeccably-tended herb, flower, berry & exotic spice garden awaits beyond. $575 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra): He’s got no shortage of dense, brooding character, but even *smells* viscous. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz (South Australia): Patience; these big spicy plummy fruits & eucalyptus aren’t in any hurry to unfold. $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (South Australia): Stands tall on tea & tomato leaf, cassis, spicy silkiness for its 50th b-day. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay (South Australia): A waxy, racy, lanolin-infused, elegant evening gown of a wine in search of shrimp $124 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling (Eden Valley): Squeaky-clean but still silky, most of the apple orchard’s here, including the gravel road $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills): Toasty & explosive, svelte but sporting curves in most of the right places. $72 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz (Barossa): Exactly what true old vine terroir ought to transmit; concentrated, complex & gorgeous $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz (Barossa): Barossa’s chocolate & blackberry standard gets a bright, tangy & nutmeg-sprinkled makeover $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): Vibrant & juicy wine of tea leaf, blackcurrant & cocoa belies tough boy namesake $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache (Barossa): Powerful undertow of ripe red fruit, spicy chocolate, minerals, herbs & chalky grip. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Langmeil Hangin Snakes (Barossa): Named after a curse, this floral, blue-fruited overachiever will deliver your wallet from evil. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Langmeil Three Gardens (Barossa): All three are well-tended, tangy, peppery, leathery, intense & vibrant gardens in this GSM blend. $20 B >>find this wine>>
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 9, 2012

Vinted on July 9, 2012 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!

  • 07 Batasiolo Barolo (Barolo): A lot to like in its inky, leather depths, but it’s definitely ripeness & extract before beauty here. $49 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Batasiolo Granee del Comune di Gavi (Gavi): Delivers pears with almond blossoms, and it pairs with awesome blossom; Summer awaits! $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Valdobbiadene): Creaminess is the fulcrum point for this serious (yes, it’s actually serious) Pros. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Picardy Pemberton Chardonnay (Pemberton): Soft, delicate & spiced apple muffins, followed up with a mineral water chaser. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Valdicava Madonna del Piano (Brunello di Montalcino Riserva): Complex finish goes for eons, but The Odd Funk is strong w/ this 1. $250 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Arnaldo-Caprai Rosso Montefalco Riserva (Montefalco): Like the earth & dirt had dried the cherries for you & saved you the trouble $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Estampa LaCruz (Colchagua): Spicy, inviting & sexy; Carmenere lovers will have their feelings vindicated – & the love returned. $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Estampa Estate Malbec Petite Sirah (Colchagua): Blue flowers, black cherries, dark earth; big but likes ot show its fresh side, too $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Estampa Gold Syrah Cabernet Merlot Malbec (Colchagua): Bright red fruit & perfume putting on generous, expressive fireworks show. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Estampa Reserve Syrah Cabernet Merlot (Colchagua): Savory red plums, meats & an eye focused on the long haul; a screaming value. $17 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Estampa Estate Viognier Chardonnay (Colchagua): What would be a disaster match from other regions is perfumed/vibrant & poised here $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Callia Alta Torrontes (Valle de Tulum): Pith, lychee, flowers, liveliness; leaner (& leaner on your wallet) than a ghost on a diet. $10 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Argiolas Costamolino (Sardegna): Went ahead & got the ginger, cashews, melon & lemon preserves from the gourmet market for you. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 GROONER Gruner Veltliner (Niederosterreich): Juicy, w/ a side of pepper; get a stopwatch for the overachieving lime zest finish. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde White (Vinho Verde): Contains apples, zest, money-saving value & controlling interest in party fun. $10 B >>find this wine>>
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