WOLVERINES! (Talking Albarossa For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on November 1, 2017 binned in Italian Wine

Red Dawn

For my latest installment over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, we go in-depth on Incrocio Dalmasso XV-31, better known as Albarossa… as in Red DawnWOLVERINES!!!

The Albarossa grape has a history that winds almost as much as the roads throughout the Piedmont hillsides, and in its own inimitable, roundabout way ended up achieving what its creator set out to accomplish, though not exactly in the way that he intended. All of which is just so adorably typical of Monferrato.

If you’re interested in learning what this iteration of Red Dawn can do for you, check out the full story via the link below (invasions and grenades not required):

ALBAROSSA! A NEW RED DAWN IN PIEDMONT

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 30, 2017

Vinted on October 30, 2017 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 Attune Pinot Noir (Carneros): Now this… this is just pure delight, & will get your lips smacking if you have any sense about you $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Attune Station Ranch Chardonnay (Carneros): The fruitiness and brioche you’d expect, with the politeness that you might not. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Brut (North Coast): The mildest hint of red cherry, with the not-so-mildest hint of pure awesomeness. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Claiborne & Churchill Claiborne Vineyard Riesling (Edna Valley): This one’s cooking with limes and gas -the petrol kind, of course $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Knudsen Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Brought to you by the letter ‘S’: Structure, Spice, and Spirit. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Aecovi Alexandro Oloroso Sherry (Marco de Jerez): Like a bowl full of toasted almonds at the bar, you just can’t stop tasting… $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Poderi Oddero Rocche di Castiglione (Barolo): A treatise on structure that won’t totally be decipherable for many more moons. $79 A >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): The perennial penchant for piquant passion fruit prevails. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV McBride Sisters Brut Rose (Marlborough): Like your bubbles brighter than a room full of smiles? Then this is your jam, my friend. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot (McLaren Vale): Got here too early for the wood, but supple sexiness awaits those who r patient $75 A- >>find this wine<<
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The Renaturating Three (Backstage With Claypool Cellars 2017)

Vinted on October 25, 2017 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, wine review
Chaney Claypool backstage 2017

Chaney Claypool shows off the CC wares backstage in Philly (2017)

Being a prog music geek (actually, make that a music geek in general), we’ve had our fair share of literal rock star wine producer interviews here on 1WD, probably none as effortlessly entertaining as those with Primus’ Les Claypool.

Claypool, along with his wife Chaney, are the proprietors of Sonoma-based Claypool Cellars, whose development I’ve been following (and on which I’ve been reporting) for several years.

Pompeo Claypool Roberts

Me, my drummer, & Les Claypool (if you have to guess who is who, then come back when you’re sober)

With the release of the new Primus album The Desaturating Seven  (highly recommended, by the way; think of it as a mix between the group’s older quirky-jam-based writing style, and the showmanship flamboyance of the more recent Primus and the Chocolate Factory) and its subsequent tour, Chaney and Les recently found themselves in Philly. By their invitation, my drummer and I found ourselves at their Philly stop pre-show, tagging along at one of the cooler aspects of Primus’ tour: fans can purchase a premium-VIP package that includes a Q&A session with the band, and (more pertinently in this case) a tasting of some of the recent Claypool Cellars offerings, with Les and Chaney (mostly the gregarious Les) taking questions and waxing philosophic about Sonoma County wines in general.

Since bringing on the Pinot Noir wunderkinder consulting winemaking duo of Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson, Claypool Cellars has gone from promising-and-devoted-side-project to ageworthy-kind-of-cult-wine levels of quality, so for me it’s always a pleasure to catch up with the Claypools and their wines (funky-ass basslines or not). Here are some thoughts on their continued vinous progress (see what I did there…?)…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 23, 2017

Vinted on October 23, 2017 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 Chamisal Vineyards Califa Chardonnay (Edna Valley): Whoever told you that big CA Chard was dead was lying through their teeth. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Lasseter Family Winery Voila (Sonoma Valley): And, well, just like that, you’re staring at an empty bottle of this succulent white $46 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Monticello Vineyards Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Aromatically, prepare to be thoroughly and totally swooned. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Merlot (Napa Valley): Just the right amounts of just about everything; worth the short-term hit to your wallet $75 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A little slice of Bordelais heaven with a Northern CA tan and a laid-back attitude $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Deep, big, silky, and delicious, though it wants to leave the party early. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Addendum Napa Valley Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford): Brushing off the dust to reveal silk, leather, & sexiness. $95 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Prosper Maufoux Cremant de Bourgogne Brut (Burgundy): Apples, apples, apples, apples; sometimes you don’t really need anything else $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Dopff & Irion Grand Cru Vorbourg Pinot Gris (Alsace): Sure there are some wrinkles, but youth is far from the only form of beauty $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Macchialupa Beneventano Falanghina (Campania): Pairs well with your porch, pool, hammock, or back deck on warmer nights… $22 B >>find this wine<<
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