Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 26, 2016

Vinted on December 26, 2016 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 Pietro Beconcini Reciso Sangiovese (Toscana): Bring your penchant for deep, dark cherry fruits, cigars, & a whole lotta patience. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fattoria di Fibbiano L'Aspetto (Toscana): When you're ready for a juicy Tuscan red – & I mean the *real* stuff – it's waiting here $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Wakefield St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling (Clare Valley): Lime petrol with enough energy to power a white dwarf star. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): An appropriate adult substitute for hot cocoa on a cold night. Just sayin'. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dutton Goldfield Deviate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Excellence has a name. That name, in this case, is probably Ms. Spicy Richness. $72 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Spell Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Warmth, life, richness, texture, and flow… how much is this again? $39 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Jota Vineyard Co. Howell Mountain Merlot (Napa Valley): Rubbing mocha on ripe, plummy fruit. In the presence of some angels. $85 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mt. Brave Merlot (Mt. Veeder): Meaty, smokey, and savory enough to be its own set of organic, homegrown, gourmet pizza toppings. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Schramsberg Brut Rose (California): A young, sharp stone that will ease up after a couple of years of having the river run over it $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Domaine Chandon Rose (California): Bringing the following to the table – watermelon, cherries, strawberries, & a lotta versatility $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
0

 

 

The Most Interesting Wines Of 2016

Vinted on December 22, 2016 binned in best of, Most Interesting Wines of the Year

MIW 2016

Holy shnikies!

We have arrived at the ninth (!) annual recap of the most interesting wines of the year. I feel old. Really, really, f*cking old.

Anyway, while I am coming to grips with the fact that there have been nine (!) incarnations of this list, you can check out the previous entries for 2015, 2014, 2013 (parts 1 & 2), 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008.

Deadpool

“What the sh*t?!??” It’ll make sense in a few minutes…

I have written about the process behind the garnering of this list nine (!) times, but it’s worth repeating for those of you who might be knew to this particular little game of mine:

These are not the “best” or “highest rated” wines, they are the wines I tasted which most stuck with me during the entire year, those that I felt offered the most geeky, thought-provoking experiences. Please note, these are not necessarily wines released during the year, they are releases that I tasted during the year. Also, I once again attempted to select only wines that you’d have at least some modicum of hope of obtaining. The final ranking is my own, and is totally subjective.

Once again, we have a tie. Actually, we have two ties, so the list is really a top 12 rather than a top 10. Once again, the list has some very expensive wines on it. Having said that, there are several bargains that made the MIW list this year, specifically because I found their QPR to be incredible.

In the words of Bugs Bunny: “Okay, Smokey, roll ’em!”…

Read the rest of this stuff »

4

 

 

We Two Kings (December 2016 Wine Products Roundup)

Vinted on December 20, 2016 binned in wine products
KingsBottle Mini

Mini me, peeps! (image: kingsbottle.com)

It’s that time of the month here on 1WD. The time when we take a critical look at some of the samples I receive that cannot actually be safely imbibed. And now that we’re closing up 2016, this also happens to be the last monthly wine products round-up of the year.

This month, both products come courtesy of KingsBottle (for which I found an admittedly modest 3% discount coupon, if you decide to pick any of these up to give yourself or someone you know a little vino-related holiday cheer).

First up is their Mini Wine Aerator/Decanter, which you can pick up now for under ten bucks. Generally, I’m a fan of aerating younger reds (and, in some cases, young white wines), so I was eager to put this little number (just over five inches high and weighing about an ounce and a half) through the paces…

Read the rest of this stuff »

0

 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 19, 2016

Vinted on December 19, 2016 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!

  • 14 Famille Hugel Riesling Classic (Alsace): If a more perfect match is found for turkey/cranberry/stuffing sandwiches, please call me $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Etude Yamhill Vista Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District): Savory enough to be savored, juicy without being juiced up. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Martin Ray Rose of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Just a look at the deep color tells you that you're in for delightful sipping $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine du Theron Cahors Malbec Prestige (Cahors): Clearly talented, but not quite executing the funk moves as well as it thinks. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve (San Juan): If you like juicy, dark fruit, but don't get scared in the presence of green herbs. $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Quinta de la Rosa 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): For those who like to keep things super fresh with their pecan pie pairings. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Susana Balbo Brioso (Lujan de Cuyo): I've got… huuuuungry eyyyyyyes… I feel the magic betweeeeeeen you and Iiiiiiiiiiiiii… $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Jolly Fourchaume L'Homme Mort Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): Racier things are found only with an engine & accelerometer. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Santa Carolina Luis Pereira Cabernet Sauvignon (Peumo): In repose, well-dressed, but buff, sexy, & ready/able to kick some ass. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Santa Carolina Herencia Carmenere (Peumo): Still a young upstart, but formidably heavy-duty and certainly meaning business. $100 A- >>find this wine<<
0

 

 

The Fine Print

This site is licensed under Creative Commons. Content may be used for non-commercial use only; no modifications allowed; attribution required in the form of a statement "originally published by 1WineDude" with a link back to the original posting.

Play nice! Code of Ethics and Privacy.

Contact: joe (at) 1winedude (dot) com

Google+

Labels

Vintage

Find