Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 30, 2015

Vinted on November 30, 2015 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!

  • 04 Claude Cazals Clos Cazals Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut (Champagne): Kind of like drinking a high-end lemon meringue pie. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel Reserva (Rioja): You'll be smoking the funky stuff, but there's little doubt it's the good shizz. $76 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodegas Terras Gauda Albarino (Rias Baixas): To be invited to your next Summer picnic, provided that Thai take-out is on the menu. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Occasio Telos (Livermore Valley): A juicy, exciting Plums and Herbs parade that's enticingly tasty all the way from entry to exit. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Las Positas Vineyards Coccineous (Livermore Valley): The name means scarlet; & frankly, my dear, you will actually give a damn. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Murrieta's Well The Spur (Livermore Valley): Dark, chewy, & just about pegging the red on the crowd-pleasing yumminess meter. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Generously tropical, & glowing with electrified energy. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Balancing the scales btw. savory & fruity, w/ uncanny precision. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): You have Dark Chocolate Covered Everything? That sounds good, I'll have that. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Block 27 Peumo Carmenere (Cachapoal Valley): Black fruits dance with peppers, both the veggie & spicy kind. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
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“The Worst Place In The World To Make Wine” (Tasting With The Madeira Wine Institute)

Vinted on November 25, 2015 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine review

Madeira tasting 2015“If you’re looking for the worst place in the world to make wine, Madeira would be a candidate.”

Also sprach Rui Falcão, during a recent tasting/masterclass for the media in Philly, hosted by the Madeira Wine Institute.

You see, this is why I love Madeira with a passion bordering on unreasonableness. And the border is quite close. And porous. It’s not a style of wine that could be planned or designed; it had to evolve. It’s the wine world’s version of the triumph of evolution over intelligent design. Well, that and the fact that it’s responsible for what might have been the single most interesting wine to ever get processed by my liver.

Falcão’s talk on the wines of Madeira was fascinating in its highlights of just how absurd Maderia wine is, and how f*cking lucky we wine geeks are to have it.

For starters, the raw material seems… well… underwhelming.

Compared to Champagne, the base wines for Madeira are “truly awful,” according to Falcão; these are wines that are obnoxiously high in acids, and laughably low in alcohol by volume. But of course, they then become “something extraordinary. Madeira is all about how you age the wine…”

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 23, 2015

Vinted on November 23, 2015 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 Page Mill Winery Chandler Vineyard Chardonnay (Livermore Valley): Lovely lemon pie with peach-infused whipped cream to top it off. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Steven Kent Winery Merrillie Chardonnay (Livermore Valley): Queen's depth of character, complexity & elegance for a pauper's price $34 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Darcie Kent Vineyards Madden Ranch Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley): As bold & as sizable as the vineyard's NFL legend namesake. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Fenestra Winery Ghielmetti Voneyard Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley): Unforgiving, opinionated, & offering a powerful argument. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Mailly Brut Rose Grand Cru (Champagne): What you won't find in complexity or length, you'll get back in lithe freshness. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Mailly Brut Reserve (Champagne): And then you drank it with Asian take-out and your mouth was all like Oh! Snap! $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Gewurztraminer (Sonoma Coast): Bouquet of aromatic flowers clenched in a buff weightlifter's arm $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot (Napa Valley): The polar opposite of "svelte." Also quite the polar opposite of "short" & "sucks." $85 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chateau Carbonnieux Bordeaux Blanc (Pessac-Leognan): Your resistance against tropically-armed deliciousness is futile, my friend. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 83 Toro Albala Don PX Grand Reserva (Montilla-Moriles): Imagine serving rich, dense caramel sweets to Greek gods & goddesses. 1/2 btl. $52 A >>find this wine<<
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