Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 16, 2017

Vinted on January 16, 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!

  • 13 Podere Marcampo Marcampo (Toscana): Plush but vibrant, soft but assertive, lively but elegant, and inky but… well… inky. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Podere Marcampo Giusto Alle Balze (Toscana): Merlot that's black as midnight, with a heart of stone – & that's meant in a good way $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Sangervasio Cabernet Sauvignon (Toscana): Smoking a big, complex, expensive cigar, & probably driving a big, expensive Cadillac. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Sangervasio Chianti (Tuscany): Ample amounts of earthy, juicy, authentic Tuscan love, to be had for more-or-less a mere song. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Chateau du Moulin a Vent La Rochelle (Mouin-a-Vent): If fresh red berries and spicy black peppercorns were majestic Valkyries. $59 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Donnafugata Tancredi (Sicily): Cab, Nero, clad in leather & silk; both are serious, but not taking themselves overly seriously. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Like your stuff spicy? Well, then, you're gonna love this. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Loimer Extra Brut (Niederosterreich): They managed to get the entire bushel of freshly picked green apples into that little bottle $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Francois Montand Brut Blanc de Blancs (France): Flowers, citrus, and a determination to corner the cmon-have-an-aperitif market. $14 B >>find this wine<<
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What We Drank To Ring In 2017

Vinted on January 13, 2017 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, holidays, kick-ass wines, wine review

When you’re the “wine guy,” the one that everyone kind of expects to hit it out of the park when you bring wine to a party, what’s the vinous game plan when you’re invited to holiday dinner parties to ring in the new year?

In a word, ringers.

You grab items from the sample pool that you know (or, at least, are reasonably certain) are going to be high quality, and likely will go over well with everyone.

You bring the good juice.

Which is, unsurprisingly, precisely what I did.

There’s more to this little story than gee-whiz-the-wines-were-pricey-but-really-great, however. The reason I picked these – and in one case, it was an inaugural release – is that the brands themselves are proven quantities. So, get your saliva glands geared up, and let’s dive into the high-end of the sample pool, shall we?…

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Probably Still Laughing And Calling Him Names (Biodynamic Tasting Calendar Debunked)

Vinted on January 10, 2017 binned in commentary, wine news

A couple of years ago, I undertook a rather statistically-irrelevant and thoroughly un-scientific study regarding the Biodynamic tasting calendar (based on the lunar-cycle farming techniques espoused by Rudolf Steiner). This study had a single participant (me) who knew next to nothing about this calendar, who downloaded one of those mobile apps that tells you what type of day it is on the BioD calendar. I then tasted through wine samples pretty much every day, as usual, and noted whether or not any given wine seemed to taste really good or really nasty, and what BioD calendar day type it happened to be.

Presumably, I would have enjoyed more of the wines on so-called “fruit” days, and wines would have tasted nastier on “root” days; thus postulateth the Biodynamic calendar, anyway. My tasting results? In summary: totally random, with no correlation to the BioD calendar days at all.

The results of a much more scientific and potentially relevant experiment into whether or not the BioD calendar impacts how a finished wine tastes were recently published. The results of this New Zealand based study found that the tasting impact of the BioD calendar was, essentially, nada. From the study’s conclusion:

“…the findings reported in the present study provide no evidence in support of the notion that how a wine tastes is associated with the lunar cycle… Consumers expecting a wine to be more expressive and aromatic on Fruit days might actually perceive them as such through top down cognitive effects.”

In other words, it’s possible that any impact of the lunar cycle on your wine tasting is just all in your head….

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 9, 2017

Vinted on January 9, 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!

  • NV Sektkellerei Fitz Riesling Sekt (Pfalz): Flowers, limes, refreshing brightness, & not much else; but you don't need much else! $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay (Carneros): Adorned in fancy accouterments, but actually still pretty darned limber. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Reserve (Carneros): In the words of Foxxy Cleopatra,you have the right to remain sexy, sugah! $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): At this point, we can safely have blind faith in this location's juju. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages (Beaujolais Villages): Clean, fresh, and offering a surfeit of pure, unadulterated delight. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages (Maconnais): True to its mineral, lovely, textured self, and definitely suffering no liars. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Domaine De La Vigne Romaine (Moulin-a-Vent): Someone brought candy, flowers, smokes, and fresh brewed coffee. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent Champ de Cour (Moulin-a-Vent): What the what? Gamay doing an impressive Cote de Nuits impersonation. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 ROCO Winery RMS Brut (Willamette Valley): Serious stuff, with pear & stone fruits that are downright determined on their mission. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Pretty much all grown up now, dressing all dapper & cutting an impressive figure. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
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