Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 19, 2017

Vinted on June 19, 2017 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 Fontanavecchia Taburno (Falanghina del Sannio): Refined, with just the right amount of edginess to let you know it means business. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Mila Vuolo Aglianico (Campania): Intellectually demanding, darkly mysterious, and absolutely worth the investigatory efforts. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Mila Vuolo Fiano Colli di Salerno (Campania): Floral, flinty, & freakin’ taught. Also freakin’ young & freakin’ really good. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Portolano Mario Campania Rosso Villa Teresa (Campania): Smoking stogies with a side of black tea and a sprig of fresh mint. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Tempi di Zoe Campania Aglianico Diciotto (Campania): What’s there doesn’t last, but what’s there is all spicy supple deliciousness $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Sanpaolo Taurasi Riserva (Campania): A lot of things to weave together here, but they’re all meshing up just swimmingly, thank you $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Colli di Castelfranci Taurasi Alta Valle (Campania): Cage match, Spicy Complexity vs Burly tannins. Spicy Complexity wins. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley): Message from young dark fruit & French oak – ‘Please stand by…’ $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Muscat Canelli (Livermore Valley): Mostly a fragrant wine for now. Not that you’ll be able to wait. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Wine Blend (Livermore Valley): Floral, piquant, and sooooo dammmmmmmn easyyyy to liiiiiiiike. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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The Week That Terrantez Took Over My Brain (Tasting Old Terrantez Madeira)

Vinted on June 14, 2017 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, on the road, wine review
Committee Boston

Committee Boston

Rouge Tomate tasting

Getting our Madeira on at Rouge Tomate Chelsea

“As uvas de Terrantez Não as coma nem as dês, Para vinho Deus as fez.” *

Earlier this month, I had what amounted to a kind of dream speaking gig for me: leading Madeira masterclasses in both Boston (at Committee) and NYC (at Rouge Tomate Chelsea).

Pinch meeeeeee!!!!

I was a hired gun for these events, so I had no hand in choosing the wines on offer during the classes or walk-around tastings; not that I’m complaining, since there was an embarrassment of riches in the lineups, ranging from the intriguing to the excellent to the pretty-much-life-changing.

Given that this was a paying gig, I didn’t want to formally review any of the wines on hand at the events, but I struggled with not sharing something from the wares we tasted on those days, if only because these are precisely the kind of wines that blow my dress up over my head. And so, I thought that I’d share something on the rarer side of these rare vinous treasures…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 12, 2017

Vinted on June 12, 2017 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 Steven Kent Winery Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): Gorgeously taking *you* through *its* lovely paces. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Savory and bright, this one has its thinking cap on; so should you. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay (Dundee Hills): There's gold in them that Hills, and it's the impeccably crafted, liquid kinda gold. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Principe Corsini Marsiliana (Maremma Toscana): Modern, traditional, refined, & sexy, all in just about equal proportions. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cecchi La Mora Vermentino (Maremma Toscana): Well, now, this is just about as pleasantly bright as the Tuscan sun itself. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Il Cancelliere Nero Ne (Taurasi): Wound up taught, yet still expressive; has a steady grip on the reins of those tannins, too. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Donnachiara Taurasi Riserva (Campania): Demanding, but balanced; let that spicy tobacco & dark personality sleep for about 4 years $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Di Meo Vittorio Greco di Tufo (Greco di Tufo): Gorgeously confident, comfortably curvy, perfumed, lovely, and owning the spotlight $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 I Favati Greco di Tufo Terrantica (Greco di Tufo): Honeyed, heady, rich, zesty, long, lemony, & basically just freakin' fantastic. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Cantina Sanpaolo Greco di Tufo Claudio Quarta (Greco di Tufo): The floral side of Greco; and, apparently, the zesty side, as well. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2017 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition Highlights)

San Diego kiss

Kiss kiss! We heart San Diego…

CIWC 2017I was once again fortunate enough to be invited to judge at the annual Critics Challenge International Wine competition, which took place late last month in Stay-Classy San Diego.

CC is always one of the highlights of my professional year; the organizers, volunteers, and fellow judges are all top-notch, and the fact that they’re also great people with whom to hang is just tasty icing on the cake. And then there’s the whole going-somewhere-gorgeous-to-taste-wines aspect, and, well, I suppose In can’t be helped for waxing too poetic at about it.

As in past years, I thought that I would highlight a few of the wines that I considered particularly memorable from the medal-winners. In this case, there were two that received a Platinum award from my judging panel that went on to take Best-in-category awards, and another that didn’t come from my table, but I just wanted to make sure was on your radar because it’s friggin’ tasty…

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