Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For February 13, 2012

Vinted on February 13, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

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I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • Chateau Pinchon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande (Pauillac): Pass the steak; meaty, refined, elegant, spicy, & basically unaffordable $210 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville (Pauillac): Steal away w/ it while it whispers to you about its flowers $144 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lynch-Bages (Pauillac): Getting down low in a good way (except in price); with graphite, spice & earthy, sour red fruits. $165 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Leoville Barton (Saint-Julien): Stately butler of a wine wants to accompany your finest dinner; & it’s bringing licorice. $110 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lagrange (Saint-Julien): Spicy, gorgeous, seductive red (fruits)-head; & you know what they sometimes say about red-heads. $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gruaud Larose (Saint-Julien): A fine, pretty picnic spoiled at the end by a thunderstorm. In this case, it’s a funk storm. $85 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beychevelle (Saint-Julien): Spicy, juicy, chewy blackcurrants, chocolate & coffee join in chorus to Styx’s Come Sail Away. $95 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • Chateau Giscours (Margaux): Sometimes sweet, straightforward red fruits can lead to a potentially serious case of buyer’s remorse. $70 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gazin (Pomerol): Like a caramelized Brussels sprout, but it’s exquisitely prepared by a determined, undefeated Iron Chef. $90 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Soutard (Saint-Emilion): Bucking recent trend of Bordx overcharged under-delivery; but you’d better be into black cherry. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Dominique (Saint-Emilion): Painted in dark chalk, and a work that may never really reach a amicable resolution. $49 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Grand Mayne (Saint-Emilion): Every drop has a message, & that message reads as follows – DAMN STRAIGHT I AM A BIG BOY NOW. $44 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Figeac (St. Émilion): This train has left truffle station & is now bound for glory. Will soften up after our Sun explodes. $250 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Saint-Emilion): Made off with just about all of the leather and cigars from the Old Boys’ Club. $96 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Saint-Emilion): Bright, sexy, tart, fun, elegant, down-to-earth, & in search of mushrooms for dinner. $70 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Pessac-Leognan): A dark, chalky grip that is well prepared to squeeze you firmly into submission. $115 B+ >>find this wine>>




  • winethropology

    Wow. What is the French word for "waytoofreakingexpensive"?

    • 1WineDude

      winethropology – I think it's “Bordeaux” ;-).

      • winethropology

        HA! Good one!

        • 1WineDude

          Here's one I used on a very nice French guy working for a high-end producer in Chile when he asked me if I knew the word terroir: I said of course it's French for Brett! ;-)

  • Joel Ohmart

    Good video on wine and chocolate pairing. I am in agreement with you regarding wine and chocolate not going well together. Although, there are a few dishes involving chocolate as a supporting roll that are phenomenal when paired with wine (take Toney's chocolate vinaigrette salad for example).

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Joel – the bus will post here on the blog tomorrow. Cheers!

  • @jamesonfink

    Any impressions on the 09 Bordeaux vintage after this latest bunch-o-wines?

    • 1WineDude

      jamesonfink – yep: generally very good, not quite the 2005s; and in many, many cases insanely priced! :)

  • Sunshine M. Vineyard

    I never find chocolate and wine pair together. Not with the ones i've tried though. But still great review!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Sunshine. As I said in the video, I’ve found Recioto and Ports to ROCK IT with chocolate. I just haven’t found dry red wine to rock it with chocolate. I want to note that I am NOT saying people shouldn’t try Brix – they should, the chocolate is really good and the concept of sharing it like a cheese platter is fantastic and Brix is ideally suited for that. I would just skip their recommended dry red pairings and go with the Port instead to pair with it. Cheers!

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