Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 14, 2018

Vinted on May 14, 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-ish 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!

  • 17 Berne Emotion Rose (Cotes de Provence): The very definition of solid, dependable Provencal rose – bright fruit, pithy brightness, & sub-20-clams. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Godelia Mencia (Bierzo): This is basically the friend that you never see very often but everyone really likes and so the parties where he shows up go pretty late. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Simonsig Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch): Just in case you forgot that CB had an immediately accessible, tropical, zesty side… there's this… $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Duchman Family Winery Oswald Vineyard Aglianico (Texas): Alright, everyone, listen up and sit up straight, because I think they might be on to something here… $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Rodney Strong Reserve Malbec (Sonoma County): Burly, bountiful, bold, and basically bursting at the britches for a big hunk of steak. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): As dark as its namesake, but could be drawing slightly sharper lines between those fruit flavors. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Chalk Hill): Exotic fruits, enticing nose, juicy ripeness, and big-ass mouthfeel. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Miner Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Now, *that* is vibrant SB, especially for one of those SBs that's all sexy-like coming from NV. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Pay attention while you're being beguiled by those peaches, or you'll miss that great zesty finish. $33 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Still not afraid of the herbal side, much to the continued joy of people like yours truly. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
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The Almost-Full Monty (Montefalco Sagrantino Anteprima 2014)

Vinted on May 9, 2018 binned in Italian Wine, on the road, wine review
Sagrantino anteprima 2014

Another day at the “office”

Back in February, I spent a handful of days in the charmingly-imposing Italian town of Montefalco, as the U.S. media guest attending the anteprima showing of Sagrantino’s somewhat-troubled 2014 vintage.

Sagrantino anteprima 2014 2Generally, the way that these things work is that we press-types get to sit around in beautiful locales tasting (and pontificating upon) the latest – and usually not-so-latest – vintages of a region, when we’re not attending dinners or visiting nearby producers, I mean. Just another day at the office…

After highlighting a handful of producers from that visit, I thought that I would wrap up the Sagrantino-related coverage here by sharing some of what I found to be among the more interesting wines that I encountered on that anteprima trip. Some of these wines will, in true 1WD form, be nigh-impossible to find, though most won’t; but think of this less as the brain-dump of tasting notes that it is, and more of an enthusiastic recommendation of some of Montefalco’s best producers.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I have what feels like ten billion wines to tell you about; and so, let’s get it started in here while the base keep runnin’ runnin’, and runnin’ runnin’…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 7, 2018

Vinted on May 7, 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-ish 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 Halter Ranch CDP Cotes de Paso (Adelaida District): Deftly matching up against your robust spare ribs with a spicy, chewy ease. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Lieb cellars Reserve Pinot Blanc (North Fork of Long Island): Oh, you're not from Europe? Wow, could've fooled me, bro. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Dutton Goldfield Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley of Russian River Valley): Dark berries, meet Dark Rea; Dark Tea, meet Dark Berries. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Paul Jaboulet Aine Beaumes de Venise Le Paradou (Rhone): Violets galore!!! Enough to make you want to type "violets galore" with exclamation points at the end. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Loimer Brut Rose (Niederösterreich): Attempts to be zesty, and both familiar and exotic at the same time; and it basically nails it. $32 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Leyda Pinot Noir Rose (Valle de Leyda): Move to the head of the class! Strawberry, pith, & an ability to pull its weight with verve. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Laurent Perrier Brut Nature Ultra Brut (Champagne): Kind of like drinking a phaser beam, only it's set on stun, and all in a good way. $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Barone Pizzini Rose (Franciacorta): Zesty, substantive, lovely, and at turns absolutely stare-you-in-the-eyes, I-knew-it-was-you-Freddo deadly-serious. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Warre's Warrior Finest Reserve (Porto): Not shy about its fruitiness, its expressiveness, or its hot-under-the-collar mouthfeel. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Sandeman's Founders Reserve (Porto): Juicy stuff, and also as solid a pick for a dessert companion as its weighty palate implies $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
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My Name Is *Still* Nizza (Drinking Monferrato’s Older Top Reds With MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on May 3, 2018 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine, on the road

Hey, remember when I waxed all dime-store-poetic about the longevity and power of Barbera reds from the relatively-new, tippy-top-of-the-Asti-area-quality-pyramid region of Nizza?

Well, I do.

Anyway, if you’re curious how the highest-end Piedmonte Barbera wines fare when they have upwards of a decade of aging under their labels, check out the latest video in my Barbera in the Glass series for MyNameIsBarbera.com.

This episode features the second portion of my tasting with Tenuta Olim Bauda head honcho Gianni Bertolino, in which we delve in-depth into a couple of older vintages of their Nizza wines, and I kind of have my mind blown and gesticulate wildly with my hands while I make funny faces trying to express how good those wines really are. It’s a quick watch, and definitely worth a viewing if you’re one of the true lovers of Monferrato wine (and if you’re not… what the actual f–k is wrong with you?!??).

Cheers!

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