It’s Cold Outside And… Holy Crap! I Actually Review Some Samples! (Tasting Two Under-The-Radar Gems)

Vinted on January 10, 2018 binned in elegant wines, overachiever wines, wine review
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Look! Wine samples!!!

If it feels like forever since I’ve actually highlighted something from the wine sample pool in a feature here, that’s because in Internet terms, it more or less has actually been forever since I’ve actually highlighted something from the wine sample pool in a feature here.

This is, I like to think, a function of having so many worthy travel-related wine experiences to impart to you (as well as having to drum up at least some money in doing writing and video work for other outlets). But it’s probably more a function of devoted single-fatherhood, the holidays, and allowing myself the gift of not feeling as though I have to hustle all of the f-cking time.

But as the temperature has dipped into obscenely low levels in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. region that I call home at the tail-end of the Winter holiday season, I’ve been raiding the home sample pool in between media jaunts. Two things were bound to happen in that scenario (in order of decreasing statistical likelihood): 1) hangovers, and 2) finding at least a couple of gems to recommend to you.

And so, I’m happy to report that I did find some sample pool princesses to highlight, after kissing a fair amount of frogs…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 8, 2018

Vinted on January 8, 2018 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!

  • 14 Cadaretta Southwind Red Blend (Walla Walla): Slicker than a set of silk sheets whisked with petroleum jelly. If you're into that sort of thing. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dierberg Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara): Sunny CA fruit meets & Bordeaux-like bramble & herbs working together like Sonic & Tail. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Fields Family Wines Delu Vineyard Grenache Blanc (Lodi): Apparently, we needed to add yet another grape to the long list of varieties that Lodi can deliver on point. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs (Champagne): Crystalline in appearance, presentation, execution, mind, body, soul, and maybe some other aspects that science hasn't discovered yet, too. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pascal Granger Chenas Aux Pierres (Chenas): Earthy, spicy, gulp-able red fruit goodness at a thoroughly gulp-able price-point. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Louis Cheze Condrieu Pagus Luminis (Condrieu): This is dreamier than a pop star under the spotlight nailing a ballad during a prime-time Grammys performance. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Bodegas Delgado Zuleta Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Jeres): Basically, it's whispering all sweet nothings, but some nights that's all that you really need. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 San Marzano Anniversario 62 Riserva (Primitivo di Manduria): Primitivo that's neither primitive nor shallow; but bring your Popeye forearms for that big-ass bottle! $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Post Scriptum de Chryseia (Douro): Chewy, spicy, determined, and in search of a flank steak entree. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham's Six Grapes River Quintas Special Edition Reserve Port (Porto): Kind of like Vintage Port, only without the wait, & with a 40% discount. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
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Red Dawn, In The Glass (Tasting Albarossa In Monferrato)

Vinted on January 4, 2018 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine

For the most recent installment of the Monferrato in the Glass series over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, we provide another deeper dive into the vinous wares of the region, once again with Bava‘s Paolo Bava.

Paolo introduces me to Piedmonte’s version of Red Dawn: Albarossa. Albarossa has a unique history, even by historical-embarrassment-of-riches Italian standards. It’s actually relatively new, and something that really only could have been conceived within the hilly borders of Piedmonte (you can read up a bit more on Albarossa’s storied past here).

After viewing the vid below, you’ll have a much better idea of why drinking this wine will make you want to pronounce Albarossa with a slow, voluptuous, sing-songy Italian accent.

AAAAHL-baaahhh-ROOOOWWWW-ssssaaaahhhhhhh…..

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 1, 2018

Vinted on January 1, 2018 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!

  • 11 CUNE Gran Reserva (Rioja): The mark is hit, but here's fair warning – the arrows used are broadheads, and made with some rather thick oak. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Vina Real Reserva (Rioja): Pretty much all of the vivacity, spice, and tasty-chewy dark cherry fruit that you could reasonably be asked to handle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rose (Cava): Bold declarations, along with surprising depth & concentration, from the oft-underappreciated Barcelona native. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gran Moraine Brut Rose (Yamhill-Carlton): Wait a minute, what? You mean we're not in Champagne? Because I could have sworn we were in Champagne just then… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sometimes, it's just obvious why standard-bears bear the standard. This is definitely one of those times, folks. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc (Oakville): What can a lot of loving attention do to NV CF? It can make it thoroughly kick ass, that's what it can do. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juuuuuuuuust about perfecting the balance between bold power and spicy, textured elegance. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): The High Bridge just keeps reaching new heights – & adding smidgens of delicious Cab Franc… $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir (Paredones): On point, for sure, though not totally sure of itself perhaps. Though I am totally sure that you'll want salmon with it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brancaia ILATRAIA Maremma Rosso (Toscana): Don't get distracted by the showy outfit this is wearing; what's underneath contains layers of intrigue & depth of character. $70 A >>find this wine<<
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