Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 1, 2015

Vinted on June 1, 2015 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 Soho Jagger Pinot Gris (Marlborough): Has the body, the energy, and the swagger; but might be just a touch too full of itself. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Coffele Ca' Visco Soave Classico (Soave Classico): Both lovely and nutty, which feels like perfect warmer weather sipping company. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Masut Two Barrel Eagle Peak Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): Firing with both barrels from its fully-loaded big flavor shotgun. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Lothian Vineyards Vineyard Selection Chardonnay (Elgin): A toasty, melon-touting Lothario; ornate but not eschewing energy. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine de Cantagrils Picpoul De Pinet (Languedoc): What fun, gulp-able nuttiness is this? Who cares when it's this gulp-able? $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mathis Rose de Grenache (Sonoma Valley): Fresh, fruity, and friendly watermelon meets fresh, fruity, and friendly attitude. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Idella Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge): A gentleman's game between sweet red berries & strong spices. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Idella Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rafael Vineyard (Napa Valley): Sexiness ensues, even if it's not yet ready for those oak trappings $95 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Saveurs du Temps Costieres de Nimes Rose (Rhone): It'd take a cold heart not to be at least a little bit charmed by this one. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment (Santorini): Round, perky, assertive, and charmingly delicious, speaking in measured, sure prose. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<



Insert Your Own Minecraft Pun Here (Ornellaia’s 2012 “Enchantment” And Other Releases)

Vinted on May 28, 2015 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, sexy wines, wine review
Ornellaia NYC 2015

High-end Bolgheri, anyone?

If you’re me, when you get an invite to attend a guided tasting of Ornellaia’s 2012 “L’Incanto” release (and some past vintages) with Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja and winemaker Axel Heinz at 620 Loft and Garden in NYC in May, you accept.

Because, well, that’s how you spend a Monday when you’re me, alright? And it’s been a couple of years since I’d had an opportunity to get up close and personal with Ornellaia’s wares.

Also, if you’re me, when they name a wine “L’Incanto” (“the Enchantment”), you expect them to put pixelated references to Minecraft on the label. I am sad to tell you that didn’t happen, my friends. I know, right? C’mon, even first graders know the Minecraft references now (not that those consumers should be Ornellaia’s market…).

Ornellaia NYC 2015 lineupI am not sad to report, however, on the wines that we tasted during that session, most of which were excellent (as you will read in a few moments). I am sad to think that several of you reading this will flame me for liking these wines, though I am quite sure that will happen. Having said that, I incite you to consider the following insight:

Some of Ornellaia’s releases are every bit as high quality (and age-worthy) as high-end Bordeaux reds, yet (while certainly expensive) rarely reach the lofty, scale-K2-with-oxygen-tanks price points of those First and Second Growths.

Just sayin’…

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Lone Vineyards, Italian Trivia, 100 Bottles, And Steel Rods (May 2015 Answers Article Roundup)

Vinted on May 26, 2015 binned in learning wine may 2015


You want more article madness, peeps?


Well, too f*ckin’ bad! Because here’s the article roundup for the month!

Wine Product Review: Mooma Wine Chill Rod

Hmm. Well… I was divided on this one. The Mooma has three functions, none of which it excels at performing, BUT… if you don’t already have a pourer/aerator/chiller and are tight on storage space, the price makes it compelling.

Wine Book Review: “A Vineyard In Napa” by Doug Shafer

I’d been meaning to review “A Vineyard in Napa” for some time now. As in, like, more than a year. So I’m happy to finally have had an opportunity to enjoy it and to talk about it, as it’s well-written and deftly avoids being a long Shafer commercial. There’s actually some conflict (imagine that… in a wine book!), and it does a nice job of following the development of Napa Valley and the Stags Leap District as broader settings to the Shafer foundation story.

Three Things That You Didn’t Know About Soave

Look, it’s getting warmer in the States, which means you ought to at least be thinking about drinking more Soave, right?!??

Wine Book Review: “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” By Oz Clarke

Ah, the irrepressible Oz Clarke, who manages to somehow be British and yet a part slightly removed from full-on, dry-as-a-bone British humor. The narrative of “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” often seems as though it’s about to go totally off the rails, and yet never does, and Clarke manages to hit a surprisingly large volume of detail about the key moments in wine history in a short space.





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