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

Vinted on February 13, 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!

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Little Place, Big Dreams (Vina von Siebenthal Recent Releases)

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The modest country stylings at Vina von Siebenthal in Panquehue

Chile’s wine business is dominated by producers that could charitably be described as “corporate.” Its movements are almost exclusively set by a small number of very, very large production houses.

In that environment, 30 hectares of vineyards – which comprises the entire holdings of Viña von Siebenthal – is basically a rounding error.

I was first exposed to the benevolently pernicious undercurrent of Chile’s micro-production wine brands (and to von Siebenthal itself) when I first visited the country in 2011, and was able to spend some time tasting the wares the independent vintners of MOVI. So I was piqued (and thirsty) when I saw that von Siebenthal was on the list of producers I was to visit for my return media jaunt to Chile late last year.

The brand began as a passion project of its eponymous Swiss founder, über-wine-consumer Mauro von Siebenthal, who at the age of forty decided to retire from his “adult” carrier (in law) and give the wine business a go (hey, this sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). In 1998, he planted ten hectares in Panquehue in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, building a modest winery building (which is easy to miss, as it looks exactly like a number of Chilean country houses in the area) two years later.

Mauro von Siebenthal has described his winemaking philosophy (assisted by Doña Paula and  Santa Rita alumnus Stefano Gandolini) in similarly modest terms, as “interpreting each meter of land.” I loved that description, because it both betrays Swiss cultural fastidious while promising the potential for uniqueness across the portfolio. Fortunately, that’s precisely what you find – precision and uniqueness – when you taste through his wines…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 4, 2017

Vinted on February 6, 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!

  • 12 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): A walk in the forest; wet leaves, potting soil, brambly fruit, & definitely wood. $50 A-
  • 14 Ferrari-Carano Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge): Got a hankerin’ fer sarsaparilla, fella? This is yer chewy cup-o-tea. $48 A-
  • 11 Fattoria I Veroni Chianti Classico Rufina Riserva (Tuscany): Certainly not subtle, but certain of its burly power & tasty prowess. $39 B+
  • NV Simi 1876 Brut Rose (Sonoma County): Cherries with the pit, toast with the crust, vivacity with the weight, balance with the depth $40 A-
  • NV Simi 1876 Brut (Sonoma County): The guns are a-blazin’ when this toasty, vibrant straight-shooter rides up into this here town. $40 A-
  • 13 Troon Blue Label Malbec (Rogue Valley): An entire cigar box’s worth of spicy, fragrant tobacco products are on display here. $29 B+
  • 13 Rodney Strong Malbec Reserve (Sonoma County): Off to a promising start; smoking stogies while barbecuing up the red meat. $40 B+
  • 13 Zuccardi Q Malbec (Valle de Uco): All the black fruits and jam, plus a side of chocolate, cigar, and quarry levels of stoniness. $20 B+
  • 14 Vina Tarpaca Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra (Maipo): If you can deal withe the green pepper, there’s rich cassis here to spare. $35 B+
  • 14 Dr. H. Thanisch Feinherb Riesling (Mosel): The energy and talent of a well-bred puppy that’s ready for a dog show stage. $14 B+
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Hello, My Name Is… Barbera

Vinted on February 2, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, Italian Wine

Hello my name is BarberaLast year, I spent a good amount of time (lucky for me) jaunting around the northern Italian countryside, taking in the sights, sounds, and (most importantly!) the flavors of Asti and Monferrato.

I’m happy to report that the work that we (that’s me and the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato) did in those beautiful environs is now being published on an English-language website called My Name is Barbera.

My work there will consist of a combination of long-form articles, as well as short video vignettes that we recorded during the trip (the first of which is embedded below), the latter of which will have about as much jealous-rage-enducing views of the gorgeous Italian countryside as you can handle in a minute and half without drooling on your screen or starting to smash things.

While this work and publishing is in play, I won’t be formally reviewing any Barbera wines from the area here on 1WD (this is a paying gig, after all), but I make no promises as to not doing my best to stoke your travel bug urges to get your butt over there and witness Monferrato’s beauty for yourself. For now, though, you can enjoy it via proxy.

Anyway, you can follow along with my Monferrato escapades at http://www.mynameisbarbera.com/author/joe-roberts/.

Monferrato Moves Episode #1 – Open Space

Cheers!

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