Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-11-19

Vinted on November 20, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • NV Domaine Ste Michelle Brut (Columbia Valley): Tosses nunchucks of tart green apple flavor at the other cheap sparklers on the shelf $10 B- ->
  • 04 Azul Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec (Mendoza): A tad heavy-handed but U might like that from someone this complex, dark & sexy. $32 B+ ->
  • 06 Ricominciare Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): 750ml of stewed fruit, herbs & meat. Interesting but never quite connects $26 B ->
  • NV De Chanceny Cremant de Loire (Loire): This bubbly’s 1-2 combo move of bread-&-pear will deke you out of noticing the rough edges. $12 B- ->
  • 08 Romerhof Riesling (Mosel): Kind of like having the somewhat overly-flirtatious daughter of a Baron hitting on you at a posh party. $10 B- ->
  • 09 Simonnet-Febvre Saint-Bris (Burgundy): A wine trivia question answer, but also a decent Sauv Blanc buy if you’re into lemon zest. $12 B- ->
  • 08 Dievole Dievolino Sangiovese di Toscana (Toscana): A mouthful of dark cherry, burnt-orange-peel goodness for U Old World paisanos. $15 B ->
  • 07 Valley of the Moon Syrah (Sonoma County): Brings the blackberries, but also brings Da Funk. A little *too* much Funk, actually. $13 B- ->
  • 09 Paso a Paso Tempranillo (La Mancha): Plumy, floral & spicy proof that La Mancha is getting its fine wine shiz together. A bargain. $11 B ->
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Wine Review Four-Pack (And Thoughts on 2010’s Most Interesting Wines)

Four badges to hand out from the latest in the flow of near-never-ending samples coming to my door, so let’s get to it!

[ By the way, the reference to the never-ending sample stream is, quite honestly, not meant as a vehicle of self-aggrandizement in any way, but is in fact more a lament of both how woefully (and unprofessionally) behind I am in my tastings, and in the volume of technically-correct-but-fairly-uninspiring wines of which that stream is comprised! ]

2009 Paso a Paso Tempranillo (La Mancha): Plumy, floral & spicy proof that La Mancha is getting its fine wine shiz together. A bargain. $11 B

It’s such a pleasure to enjoy a bold, uncomplicated and fun wine like this, one that seems tailor-made for a plateful of hearty paella or chorizo.  Spain’s La Mancha region is mostly known for two famously insipid characters: 1) Don Quixote, and 2) the innocuous wines made from the Airén grape variety (though to be fair, not all of them suck). La Mancha’s reputation for cheap Airén can mean big bargains for the better wines made in the region, and Paso a Paso is a great example.

2004 Azul Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec (Mendoza): A tad heavy-handed but U might like that from someone this complex, dark & sexy. $32 B+

During an on-line / twitter tasting hosted by Vines of Mendoza, the word “sexy” appeared in description of this wine about ten million times (give or take a few million). At least, it seemed that way to me. Heed these words: when enough women say that a wine is sexy, then the only logical conclusion is that it is, in fact, sexy.

2009 Toquade Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): NZ passion fruit comes to Napa, with a French twist of lemon & herbs. In a word: Fantastic. $20 B+

Last year, Opus One winemaker Mike Silacci dared me to try Toquade after I went on a tirade about how too much Napa Sauv Blanc tastes like Chardonnay on a diet.  I’m grateful to Mike for that introduction, and I’m happy to report that Toquade winemaker Christine Barbe is still on top of her game – in fact, the 2009 might be better than her `08 and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does with the insane 2010 vintage.

2006 Hesperian Harry’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Go west young man, & find tannin chains long as the Alaskan pipeline. $60 A-

Christine sent along some of Hesperian’s wines to me, and I suppose I’m now also grateful to her for this introduction. It’s not that smoothness is the only thing going for Hesperian’s Coombsville Cab – far from it; it’s packed with currants and aromatic, woody spiciness. It’s just that the smoothness is the thing that will stick with you the most, the silkiness of it – it’s simply drinking beautifully right now.

Speaking of CA wines, if you feel that CA is getting a lot of positive coverage here, it’s probably not your imagination…

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1WineDude TV Episode 21: Pickin’ Battles (Or “Where You Should Be Spending Time When It Comes To Pro Wine Blogging”)

Vinted on November 17, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, wine blogging

In the second video installment in my Going Pro series, I talk (from y favorite reading chair!) about the difficulties in treating a blog as a business, I offer a killer book recommendation for budding wine bloggers, explain that you probably suck at marketing and need to get better, and share what aspects of wine blogging I will be focusing my time on as I continue to “go pro.”

Cheers!

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