Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-25-12

Vinted on December 25, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Draconis French Oak Zinfandel (Lodi): Helping heapings of prune, spice, focused dark fruit and thorough deliciousness. $25 B+ #
  • 08 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling (Mosel): Lime & acid to go the distance (prob. several yrs) but might not be too complex when it gets there $16 B #
  • 00 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau” (Chateauneuf du Pape): Has plenty of spunk left; vibrant, lively & packed with red fruit. $53 A- #
  • 07 Quevedo Vintage Port (Porto): As you’d expect, tight as a drum. As you might not expect, showing off all the spices in the rack. $52 A- #
  • 08 Quinta Nova “Pomares” Red (Douro): Peppery, dark, smooth & about as one-dimensional as a physics equation involving a quantum wire €6 C+ #
  • 08 Quinta Nova REFerencia Grande Reserva (Douro): True red field blend that exudes class, focused brooding dark fruit, & demands meat €43 A- #
  • 08 Quinta Nova Reserva Red (Douro): Got its nose in the fireplace, but its feet planted firmly in a patch of bright red fruits. €23 B+ #
  • 08 Quinta Nova “Grainha” Red (Douro): Like a wily biker grandma, it’s somehow simultaneoulsy smokey, spicy, leathery *and* lively. €12 B #
  • 07 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany): Like my old Ford Escort; reliable, easy to navigate, dependable & generally uninspiring. $18 B- #
  • 06 Judd’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A still slightly-closed book bound in cassis, black plum & spicy black licorice. $45 B+ #

 

 

Happy Holidays from 1WineDude.com

Vinted on December 24, 2010 binned in holidays

I hope you’ll forgive the ‘holiday card” style indulgence, but there’s no stemming the power of the “proud papa” syndrome, is there?

Wishing you and yours a safe, jolly, and wine-and-wonder-filled holiday!

Cheers!

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Testicles, Terraces and Red Tape: The Trials of Port Production in the Douro (1WineDude TV Episode 24)

Vinted on December 23, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, best of, kick-ass wines, on the road, overachiever wines

“Lagare volume dimensions are naturally dictated by the lowest testicles of the shortest man.”

Lagares, of course, are the long, low vats in which Port grapes were once (and sometimes still, though rarely) crushed by foot. The quote above is from the straight-shooting Miles Edlemann, the straight-shooting viticulturist for some of the Symington Family estates in Portugal’s Douro region. It was during a visit to one of those stunning Douro properties – Quinta da Cavadinha – that I met Miles and where he demonstrated one of the more… uhm… intimate aspects of Port wine production by climbing into one of the Warre’s wine company empty lagares and imitating an exaggerated, wide stomping stomping motion with his feet (pants still on, of course!).

You see, the dimensions of the workers stomping grapes were quite important, because the shortest of them had to be able to walk somewhat freely through the volume of grapes in order to crush them efficiently without certain anatomical aspects being compromised… or compromising the crush, as it were, and so… errr… you get the idea. Today, most Port grapes are crushed via large machines that emulate quite effectively the pressure of the human foot (though the machines lack testicles – or, at least, if they have them I didn’t see them and I’m not in any hurry to do so)…

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