Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 9, 2016

Vinted on May 9, 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!

  • 15 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose (Cotes du Rhone): Strawberries and cherries in jubilee, in just about all senses of that word, too. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Barone Pizzini 'Bagnadore' Decimo Terzo Pas Dose Riserva (Franciacorta): American Ninja villain laser-punch levels of bright focus $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Concannon Vineyard Founder's Chardonnay (Monterey County): A little cloying at first, but her company starts to grow on you. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot (Alexander Valley): Do you want your herbs wrapped in leather, or your leather wrapped in herbs? $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir (California): On the ripe & silky side, but that side also has the bright sunshine on it. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Aiming for supple and spicy above all else; & deliciously hitting the bull's eye on that. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Taittinger Nocturne Sec Champagne (Champagne): Lithe enough to give ample support to that blowing-you-suggestive-kisses sweetness $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Reserved enough to keep its power in check, but it's letting the spices fly. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Zaca Mesa Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley): Sporting waaaaaaaay more honeysuckle than you deserve for that kind of cash outlay. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cliff Lede Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): For the times when you like your SB to show off some of its fruity muscle. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
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DRC 2010, Revisited

Vinted on May 6, 2016 binned in wine review, Wined Down (Playboy.com)

DRC 2010 tasting

So… remember when I did that whole Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2010 tasting that I attended? You know, back in the day?

DRC 2010 NYC tasting anti-counterfeit measures

Anti-counterfeit measures at the DRC 2010 NYC tasting

I know… you still hate me for that one, right?

 

Well, if you makes you feel any better, I’ve not tasted a recent vintage of the fabled DRC since that NYC gathering. I did, however, pen a take on the tasting for my old Playboy.com gig, the result of which was purchased, but never aired (similar to the piece I wrote about a visit to O. Fournier in Argentina).

Today, since I am in the middle of recovering from my second gum graft (combating gum recession due to a combination of genetic predisposition and occupational hazard), I decided to scour the archives, throw some caution to the wind, and share that never-released take on the 2010 DRC.

I suppose that this is, in fact, a bit of laziness on my part, but gum grafts hurt like a motherf*cker, people (and let’s not forget, no wine until this stuff is at least halfway healed up). Putting on some slightly-tinted rosé-colored glasses for a moment, one could (charitably) think of the following article as an alternate take bonus track, 1WD style (fair warning: “1WD style” means that this article contains references to superheroes, ass-licking, despair, and urine).

Enjoy!…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 2, 2016

Vinted on May 2, 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 Barbeito Ribeiro Real Sercial 20 Years Old (Madeira): Toasted, salted nuts; seawater; the confidence of Sean Connery's James Bond. $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 15 CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Monopole Blanco (Rioja): Making delicious over-achievement look embarrassingly easy. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Terre de la Custodia Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria): Cherry, herbs, cigars, and an attitude that's currently as tough as nails. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Buglioni Il Disperato Bianco delle Venezie (Venezie): It's only desperate to deliver delight, which it needn't be, because it does $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Luigi Bosca A Rose is a Rose is a Rose Rose (Mendoza): Well, apparently a Rose is also a delight is a delight is a delight. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Magistrate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): A Reserve, perhaps, but a Reserve that's not reserved in any way. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Donum Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Cutting a tall, dark, and absolutely strapping figure. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Bonny Doon Mt. Oso Vineyard Il Ciliegiolo Rosato (Tracy Hills): Love barely-ripe cherries right off the tree? Line up for this one $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris Tuile (Central Coast): A high-quality rose sipper fit for Bizarro Superman; offbeat fans will dig it. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodega Garzon Sauvignon Blanc (Uruguay): Cleeeeeeeean as a whistle! And that whistle is made of lemon grass and starfruit, btw. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
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