The Riesling Doctor Is IN And He Will Kick Cabernet’s Butt Almost Any Day (12Most.com’s Most Fabulous Wines For Under $20)

Vinted on September 6, 2011 binned in overachiever wines, wine review

The Riesling Doctor is most certainly IN, and his rates are dirt cheap.

So goes the thinking (and tendency towards terrible, terrible puns) behind my contribution to an article titled “12 Most Fabulous Wines To Enjoy Now For Under $20,” coordinated by my friend Marie Payton and published at the popular site 12Most.com last week.

Marie asked me (along with a few other wine bloggers – check out the link for their groovy selections) to chime in and provide a pick for her wrap-up, the only conditions being that the wine had to be in fairly wide distribution and (obviously) cost under $20. Here’s a bit more info. on my selection, and the source of the (terrible) pun, and why I’m saying controversial shizz like Riesling kicks Cabernet’s butt

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For September 3, 2011

Vinted on September 3, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 09 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc (Cotes-du-Rhone): Tropical fruit, flowers, heft & bite. Rhone’s version of a high-end Tequila shot. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Catalpa Merlot Single Vineyard (Tupungato): Guilty pleasure that’s surprisingly food-friendly despite all of the prune & oak action $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sterling Vintners Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast): Refreshing lemons, a hint of green grass &… not a whole lot else. $11 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Car Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Packing too much booze in the trunk but has racing stripes of herbs & suppleness $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Dried herbs. Dark red fruits. Focused structure. About a keg of kick-ass. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peay Vineyards Pomarium Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A tour across the forest floor with black cherry & tannin lamps to guide you. $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore (Valpolicella): Not just a stopover on the way to Amarone. Pour it with spagetti bolognese. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV San Sebastian Vintners Red (FL): Muscadine that’s well-made; but then, so is Robitussin, of which this is vaguely reminiscent. $9 C- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Kuleto Estate Villa Vista Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Needs time to unravel that grip, & herbal/spicy/red-fruit complexity. $75 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Kuleto Estate Syrah (Napa Valley): So much meat, fennel & red berry you’ll feel like you’re cocking dinner (w/ a shot of coffee). $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Perfume, peaches & suppleness. Feminine but angular, as grip & minerals make show up, too. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Von Holt Old Lakeville Vineyard Syrah (Sonoma Coast): Meaty, black-fruited & tasty, but like a shot of bourbon finishes a bit hot. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Spatlese Riesling (Mosel): No shortages of stone fruits, peaches, citrus or finesse here. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

Consorzio Votes Next Week To Make Montalcino Wines 15% LESS Awesome

Vinted on September 2, 2011 binned in commentary, wine news

On September 7, the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino will vote on a proposal to potentially make Brunello’s little brother, Rosso di Montalcino, less awesome. 

Specifically, they are proposing to allow Rosso di Montalcino, currently made with 100% Brunello (a form of Sangiovese) grapes but with less aging requirements than Brunello di Montalcino wine, to be made with up to 15% other grapes – as in, any other grapes.

To make a long story short(ish), using a time-honored approach in which Italian regulatory bodies seem to liberally apply double-standards, the Consorzio’s plan to effectively water-down Rosso di Montalcino seems to undercut entirely their stated life’s purpose: “The work of the Consorzio consists in safeguarding, controlling and enhancing the value of the Denomination of Origin wines of Montalcino.”  My suggestion is that you flood their Inbox at [email protected], tell them to pull their heads out of their… barrels… and make sure this proposal gets a NO vote.

Why am I upset about this, aside from loving Brunello enough that I named my dog after it?  Because this move is, as my grandmother would have said, the “lazy man’s load”…

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