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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 5, 2014

Vinted on May 5, 2014 binned in wine mini-reviews
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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 Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rose (Carneros): Red berry course registration is open, & expected to fill up quickly. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County): Wildly wide open, but also manages to tame itself, especially with salmon. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 La Rochelle Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Dear Hamlet, the *texture's* the thing, actually $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Kaiken Ultra Malbec (Mendoza): time to get your big boy pants – and the steaks! – on for this meaty, tasty, peppery powerhouse. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Kaiken Reserva Malbec (Mendoza): Looked really hot last night before tying one on, but right now it's a bit of a hot mess. $12 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Kaiken Terroir Series Corte Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot (Mendoza): Bites back if you're not careful; tame it with bison burgers. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Tomero Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Juicy, spicy fruit belting one out; a few flat notes but there's entertainment to be had. $17 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Tomero Malbec (Mendoza): A loud tune, and a simple one, but one that's played with conviction, style, glam, & a sense of purpose. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Tomero Torrontes (Mendoza): Pithy, quirky, but charming & enough to avoid acting insufferable; it will certainly win some friends. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Cantele Salice Salentino Reserva (Salice Salentino): Prosciutto, tomato and mozzarella pizza has found a lifelong friend here. $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 04 Barone Pizzini Bagnadore Pas Dose Riserva (Franciacorta): Red apples reposed, their feet up, toasting them by a cozy fireplace. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<

Working At Too Perfect? (Michael Mondavi Recent – And Not So Recent – Releases)

Vinted on May 1, 2014 binned in crowd pleaser wines, kick-ass wines, on the road, wine review

“See, this pisses me off…”

Rob Mondavi, Jr. is upset. Moderately. It’s almost difficult to imagine why, given the sunny day, and the subsequently stunning Napa Valley view from his family’s Animo vineyard on Atlas Peak. But moderately upset he is.

The trigger for Mondavi’s small bit of angst? The spacing of the pruning cuts on some of the vines isn’t uniform. One is reminded of the scene in The Aviator, when Leonardo DiCaprio’s Howard Hughes is running his hand down the side of an airplane hull, testing to see if all of the rivets are totally smooth.

Rob Mondavi, Jr. is, it seems, a bit of a perfectionist, particularly when it comes to viticulture (as he remarked to me during our vineyard lunch, “the biggest challenge in Napa is that we’ve become complacent in farming”). An amiable perfectionist, with the Mondavi flair for gab and working the crowd, but a perfectionist nonetheless.

As it turns out, Rob’s excellent high-end wines can almost be too perfect, polished smooth to a such an glistening, art deco metallic sheen that one might start to pine for a blemish of any kind; not that the wines lack soul, it’s just that you want to see and feel more of that soul.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? Back to the vineyard, where the view is lovely and the scenery, apart from vines, is of liberally strewn about rocks, rocks, and more rocks on this volcanic soil…

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More Fool Me (April 2014 Wine.Answers.com Article Roundup)

Vinted on April 29, 2014 binned in going pro

Just as I didn’t give in to temptation last month, in April I resisted the siren-song lure of creating a forced holiday wine pairing (in this case, for April Fools Day – I thought about suggesting actual terrible wines to use to fool dinner party guests, but it seemed… mean…). There was also Easter, of course, but I spend much less time drinking on Easter than I do hiding Easter eggs these days.  Anyway, I opted instead to try my humble hand at wine industry parody at the expense of The Wine Advocate. I figured a few people would chuckle over it .

More fool me, apparently.

Seems (a lot of) you (really) liked it, based on the website numbers, which suggest that about two-thirds of the entire U.S. wine biz tuned in for that joke. Seriously, don’t you people have better things to do with your time? And aren’t we sick and tired of putting Parker at the butt end of our jokes?

The answers, apparently, are No, and No, respectively.

No parodies today (unless you happen to think that my normal writing style is a parody of good wine writing), but since April is drawing to a close it’s time to wrap up the Wine.Answers.com articles from the last few weeks…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 28, 2014

Vinted on April 28, 2014 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!

  • 12 Joseph Drouhin Drouhin Vaudon Reserve de Vaudon Chablis (Chablis): Peaches with rapier-like wit, and whip-like tongues. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Joseph Drouhin Drouhin Vaudon Chablis (Chablis): You'll need to employ geometry for all of the angles that this one is presenting. $21 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vinedos Calcu Cabernet Franc Reserva (Colchagua Valley): Rough, ready, determined; also determined not to be rough on the wallet. $13 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley): Strutting her guilty pleasure stuff, & busting at the seams $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Macchia Mischievous Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): For the love of Pete, someone get me a huge plate of sticky ribs, this is urgent! $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 2013 Finca Museum Vinea Rosado (Cigales): Cherries usually only taste this good and bright when they're fresh and right of the tree $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 McCay Cellars Trulux Zinfandel (Lodi): Like somehow training a hippopotamus to dance gracefully, subtly, and even artistically. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Oak Knoll District): Fond of its own spirited game, but then, you'll be fond if it, too. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Reichsrat von Buhl Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spatlese (Pfalz): And you will know us by the trail of pears and vibrancy… $46 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District): Chewing mint, strutting stuff, & not at all messing around. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Alpha Estate S.M.X. (Florina): Something familiar, something odd; prepare your brain – & your tastebuds – to be challenged. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<

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