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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 12, 2018

Vinted on March 12, 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-ish 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!

  • 12 Rodney Strong Brothers Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Still big, still fruity, still spicy, still brawny, still smooth, & still laughing at your paltry attempts to question its might. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Sterling Vineyards Blanc de Blancs (California): Robust, chalky, and will get the job done liek a good soldier when deployed onto the front lines of the aperitif zone. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Weingut Winter Dittelsheim Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Winter is coming, and if it's as steely and racy as this, you'd better bundle up… and bring stemware… $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Taron Reserva (Rioja): A lot of modernly classic – or is that classically modern? – Spanish style for not a whole lot of your previous coinage. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Brancaia Tre (Toscana): Sleekly modern, but never betraying the soul of its vibrant and sunny Tuscan roots, either. Also, it wants some flank steak. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Chateau Garamache Rose (Cotes du Provence): Like watermelon? How about when it's served up fresh on slate and flint charger plates? $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Ferraton Pere & Fils Samorens Rose (Cotes du Rhone): When you want your cherry flavors to be DEEP; just don't expect a boisterous aromatic conversation. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Blason Louis Graves Bordeaux (Graves): Fourteen years *young*; and it hasn't lost one jot of its plummy, spicy edginess, either. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Blason Louis Graves Bordeaux Blanc (Graves): Sporting riper, fleshier stone fruits than you might be expecting; in this case, the surprise is the good kind. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills): The hills are alive… in this case, with the textural earthiness of brambly red berries. $18 B >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 5, 2018

Vinted on March 5, 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-ish 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!

  • 17 Steele Cabernet Franc Rose (Lake County): Deftly crafted, watermelon cocktail with sprigs of citrus rind and basil carefully appointed along the rim. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV J Vineyards Brut Rose (Russian River Valley): Arguably has never been more engaging, complete, developed, and balanced. More, please! $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Troon Vineyard GSM (Rogue Valley): A rogue's gallery of three of Rhone's red superstars, and the term "lovable" can and should be applied to each one of them here. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Domaine du Garde Temps Cotes de Provence Tourbillon Old Vines Rose (Provence): What it lacks in overt bombast, it more than makes up for in textural intrigue. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Warre's Warrior Finest Reserve (Porto): Spicy, dark, powerful, almost obscenely tasty, and thoroughly unapologetic about the entire thing. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): About as guilty of a pleasure as can be rendered from Carm; only thing missing is playing hooky from work to get a spa treatment. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Domaine Bousquet Malbec (Tupungato): Plummy, floral, and fresh; drop your expectations, this one plays quite nicely with others at the dinner table. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato): This one is almost a steal; but you probably won't feel too guilty enjoying the ample graphite and currants action. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Campotondo Banditone (Orcia): Juicy, dark, chewy, and delicious. Bonus points for showing up with a heaping helping of rose petals, too. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Campotondo All' Incontro Rosso (Toscana): Don't yet love Colorino? This one might just change your mind. And if it doesn't, what the hell is wrong with you, anyways?!?? $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 26, 2018

Vinted on February 26, 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-ish 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 Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage Red (Alexander Valley): In time, all of that sweet, elegant wood spice will integrate; but that time will not be short… $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Gundlach-Bundschu Mountain Cuvee (Sonoma County): Dependably coming together in an ensemble that's decidedly sexier than the sum of its constituent parts. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Chalk Hill): Think, lobster, butter, potatoes, and cheese, and serve it all up in the chilly dead of mid-Winter. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Blason-Louis Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois (Bordeaux): This is everything that's right about B-L's unique business model; more of this please… much more… $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Blason-Louis Sancerre (Loire): Sancerre as you don't often see it, namely totally relaxed and just letting everything hang out. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva (Cava): Serve it to your annoying friends who say that all Cava sucks, and watch them furiously backpedal on their no-longer recalcitrant stance. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Cantina Campotondo Mezzodi di Campotondo (Orcia): Chewy, and delicious; like, whoops-I-drank-that-entire-bottle-by-myself-with-a-hamburger delicious… $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Poggio Grande Sesterzio Sangiovese (Orcia): All of Sangio's beguiling pieces, still deconstructed but merging inexorably into a cohesive whole. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Podere Albiano Cirie (Orcia): A hefty shot of Merlot gives this spicy Sangio some plusher edges, without losing an ounce of focus or intent. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Val d'Orcia Terre Senesi Sornione Sangiovese Riserva (Orci): For those who like to play fast and loose with their tobacco, spices, and leathery grip. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 19, 2018

Vinted on February 19, 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-ish 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 Ravenswood Big River Single Vineyard Designate Zinfandel (Alexander Valley): Aptly named; there is nothing small about this textural, jammy, deliciously-succulent guilty pleasure. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Still one of the cooler stories – and one of the better values – in the modern Zin marketplace. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Siduri John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): So muscular, sinewy, powerful, and gorgeous, it might as well be a thoroughbred. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Caroso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo): The theme here is dark-&-robust; that goes for the tobacco, earth, woody, and fruit. Bring the big boy pants! $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose (South Africa): A bit like German-language opera, where the craft & execution have to overcome the brute force of raw material. $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Robalino Albarino (Rias Baixas): Lemons and lemons and lemons, all of which are fresh and juuuuuust sweet enough that you can't put them down. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Tommasi Rafael (Valpolicella Classico Superiore): Leather, sweet cherries, dried spices, and a penchant for beef stew on really, really cold Winter evenings. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Restoran Vinarija Josic Baranja Ciconia Nigra Cuvee (Croatia): For when you want your red chewy, burger-friendly, and meaning business. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 G. Descombes Morgon (Morgon): Will make you say things like 'More Morgon!' and actually mean them sincerely without feeling like a dork. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Domaine de Cala Rose (Coteaux Varois en Provence): Yet another reason – not that we needed more – to start your exploratory dry rose journey in Provence. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
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