On The Road: Chile & Argentina Wine Countries

Vinted on March 7, 2011 binned in on the road

I’ll be asking for your patience over the next couple of weeks, as I continue the trend of upping the travel here on 1WineDude (hey, you told me you wanted more travel pieces, after all!).

This jaunt is going to feel bittersweet for me: for one thing, I’m stoked to be heading to Chile and Argentina (although I am not sure how warmly I will be greeted by the Chileans after my little mention here of their greener wines last October… let’s hope they have a short memory…); for another, it’s still time away from my family right on the heels of previous travel to the Left Coast for the Pro Wine Writers Symposium and Premiere Napa Valley.

The trade-off for your patience in indulging a bit  of inconsistency (I’ll still be trying to connect and post from Chile and Argentina whenever and wherever possible) is that things might get quiet here over the coming weeks, which not only is blogging anathema in general in that it breaks some of the fundamental rules of playing in the blog-o-world, but it also means that we mess around a bit with part of the contract that I have with you out there reading this blog: namely, the publication schedule that I’ve been rigorously (and not without some pain – especially the borderline-carpal-tunnel-variety) following since October…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 5, 2011

Vinted on March 5, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 GROONER Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal): Lime, apple, hints of herbs & more versatility than MacGyver (when it comes to food, anyway). $12 B #
  • 09 Ministry Of The Vinterior Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): That’s a fun pineapple, but it kinda hides a razor blade of acid. $15 C+ #
  • 06 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A boysenberry shrine is built but the structure never fully finds its footing. $61 B+ #
  • 07 Bolen Family Estates Merlot (Napa Valley): Lush plums of every strips show up, but are dancing ringfenced by a booze enclosure. $60 B #
  • 09 Zin 91 Old Vine Zinfandel (CA): Hits its target of everyday, easy-drinking, jammy tastiness. Just don’t look for complexity here. $11 C+ #
  • 08 Misty Oaks “Jones Road” Cabernet Franc (Umpqua Valley): Digging on the dark fruit & chocolate, but pining away for the spice. $28 B #
  • 02 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Amazingly ripe, focused, fragrant wine. Amazingly bad price. $425 A #
  • 07 Franciscan Cuvee Savage Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Further proof that I’m lying to myself about only liking Chablis-styled Chards. $40 A- #
  • 06 Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Patience; it takes hours to show its minty, black currant hand. $65 B+ #
  • 08 Tres Sabores Rutherford Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Picks up right where the 07 left off – spicy, black, vibrant & damn fun. $35 B #
  • 09 Stags’ Leap Winery Viognier (Napa valley): OMG, pears & flowers – it actually tastes like Viognier (& it likes food, too)! Word up $22 B+ #
  • 08 Continuum Red (Napa Valley): Complex as a Lewis Carroll riddle & structured like an Eiffel bridge. Artistic, dark & wonderful. $150 A #
  • 08 Montes Alpha Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Black fruit racing against oak & green stemmy notes, and looks to be just a step behind. $24 B #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Soave: What’s this citrus & almond goodness doin’ at dinner? Rockin’ yer chicken satay, that’s what. $10 B- #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Corvina (Venezie): Fun, juicy, burger-ready, and about bustin’ with dried cherry & earthy strawberries. $10 B- #
  • 07 Hestan Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Impeccably-made, but best for fruit-lovers as even the long finish is juicy on this one. $100 A- #
  • 08 Hestan Chardonnay (San Francisco Bay): This was a surprise; creamy, smooth apricot & spice from a place not yet on the wine radar. $50 B+ #
  • 07 Stephanie Merlot (Napa Valley): Olives, pepper & a dash of raisiny Cab Sauv rounds out a juicy (and fairly-priced) Merlot recipe. $35 B+ #

 

 

1WineDude TV Episode 28: Premiere Insanity (A Glimpse Into Premiere Napa Valley Auction 2011)

Vinted on March 3, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, California wine, wine industry events

The Scarecrow becomes Mrs. King of Napa Cult Cabs at Premiere Napa Valley Auction 2011, and you get to see the action in today’s vid.  The record-setting winning Scarecrow bid is featured, as is a compelling one-of-a-kind wine story by Casa Nuestra (and lots of purple teeth)!

Some of my tasting notes are featured below after the jump, so stick around and check them out after you watch!

(reviews after the jump)…

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