Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 21, 2016

Vinted on March 21, 2016 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!

  • NV Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (Valdobbiadene): Bright-eyed, focused, & probably thinking it can take on NV Champers $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Palari Faro (Sicily): Won't even give you the time of day now; but you're in for the ride of a lifetime in about seven years or so. $90 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria (Puglia): How often is Primitivo this round & this lively *and* this cheap? Not often enough. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 DuCropio Damis Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore (Calabria): Remind your tongue to put its big boy pants on for this muscular treat. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi (Campania): Rarely do mint, leather, cloves & ripe fruits get along so damned well together. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi (Campania): Grippy, serious, authentic, and elegant, while strutting its lavender and black cherries $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Nativ Eremo San Quirico Irpinia Campi Taurasini (Campania): Flauntingly sexy, almost to obnoxiousness, but it's just misunderstood $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay (Napa Valley): So pleasantly poised, you'll be tickled pink with this pretty little pick. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): That oak is sweet, but then so is the overall drinking experience here $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Tiamo Prosecco (Veneto): Pears, apples, refreshment. The End. As in, yeah, that's it. Move along. Nothing more to see here… $15 B- >>find this wine<<
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Puny Mortal! (Madeira Wine, 1976 To 1850 For Palate Press)

Vinted on March 15, 2016 binned in on the road, wine review
Madeira group photo

image: Madeira Wine Institute

I think I’m still a bit in shock.

In a good way.

My recent press trip to Madeira was an amazing experience; pretty much exactly what a long-time Madeira wine geek (remember, I once compared Madeira to Iron Man) would have hoped it would be. And while my palate, brain, and soul are all still trying to wrap that jaunt up into something that puny morals like me can understand, I did manage to get it together juuuuuust enough to pen an introductory piece on the experience for Palate Press.

The premise for the feature, titled Tasting immortality, was to begin the article ‘s tasting notes with offerings that are at an age where most normal wines would be long dead (30 years). We would then travel back in time, via the older blends and vintage Madeira wines that I tasted on that trip, eventually working our way through all six of the island’s producers who currently export to the U.S.

Oh, yeah; and working our way through the 1950s, 1940s, 1920s… ending up at 1850. Without any hesitation or hyperbole, I can tell you that among those wines were some of the finest that I have ever tasted, of any style of fine wine, anywhere.

F*cking surreal (for more background on what makes Madeira special, beyond the near-constant influx of senior citizen tourists from much of Western Europe, see the previous post “The Worst Place in the World to Make Wine”). I’m pretty sure that I lost more than a few friends after posting envy-inducing images during my visit…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 14, 2016

Vinted on March 14, 2016 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!

  • 13 Estate Crush Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (Lodi): The vines might be ancient, but there's nothing but youthful verve to be found. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 La Valle Franciacorta Rose Brut (Franciacorta): Dressed to the nines, but its soul prefers jeans & a slightly less cleaner image. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trapiche Broquel Malbec (Mendoza): Getting more oak than you bargained for, but also more spicy enjoyment than you deserved. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Mozza Morellino I Perazzi (Morellino di Scansano): Your gourmet pizza has a new boyfriend, & he's stable & really, really cool. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fields Family Wines Sherman Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Reticent now, exceptional later; consider this one a steal $26 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Not reserved, but amply fruity & definitely strong; Pinot for Cab lovers $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Donnafugata Ben Rye Edizione Limitata (Passito Di Pantelleria): Bronze, luxuriant, focused, complex, haughty, & probably expensive. $NA A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec (Mendoza): Smoked meat, with stewed plums, spice, & cloves taking side roles as the garnish. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Francois Montand Rose Brut (France): Not nasty or brutish – actually, fruity and exuberant – but it is most definitely short.$15 B >>find this wine<<
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