Red Dawn, In The Glass (Tasting Albarossa In Monferrato)

Vinted on January 4, 2018 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine

For the most recent installment of the Monferrato in the Glass series over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, we provide another deeper dive into the vinous wares of the region, once again with Bava‘s Paolo Bava.

Paolo introduces me to Piedmonte’s version of Red Dawn: Albarossa. Albarossa has a unique history, even by historical-embarrassment-of-riches Italian standards. It’s actually relatively new, and something that really only could have been conceived within the hilly borders of Piedmonte (you can read up a bit more on Albarossa’s storied past here).

After viewing the vid below, you’ll have a much better idea of why drinking this wine will make you want to pronounce Albarossa with a slow, voluptuous, sing-songy Italian accent.

AAAAHL-baaahhh-ROOOOWWWW-ssssaaaahhhhhhh…..

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 1, 2018

Vinted on January 1, 2018 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!

  • 11 CUNE Gran Reserva (Rioja): The mark is hit, but here's fair warning – the arrows used are broadheads, and made with some rather thick oak. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Vina Real Reserva (Rioja): Pretty much all of the vivacity, spice, and tasty-chewy dark cherry fruit that you could reasonably be asked to handle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rose (Cava): Bold declarations, along with surprising depth & concentration, from the oft-underappreciated Barcelona native. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gran Moraine Brut Rose (Yamhill-Carlton): Wait a minute, what? You mean we're not in Champagne? Because I could have sworn we were in Champagne just then… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sometimes, it's just obvious why standard-bears bear the standard. This is definitely one of those times, folks. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc (Oakville): What can a lot of loving attention do to NV CF? It can make it thoroughly kick ass, that's what it can do. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juuuuuuuuust about perfecting the balance between bold power and spicy, textured elegance. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): The High Bridge just keeps reaching new heights – & adding smidgens of delicious Cab Franc… $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir (Paredones): On point, for sure, though not totally sure of itself perhaps. Though I am totally sure that you'll want salmon with it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brancaia ILATRAIA Maremma Rosso (Toscana): Don't get distracted by the showy outfit this is wearing; what's underneath contains layers of intrigue & depth of character. $70 A >>find this wine<<
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Hungry Canines, Thirsty Dudes (Tasting Nizza Barbera For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on December 27, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine, on the road

Tenuta Olim Bauda dog

Is there anything more adorable than a Weimaraner happily chomping on Barbera grapes in a Monferrato vineyard? Besides maybe a Weimaraner puppy eating grapes in that vineyard?

That’s the question that we pose (sort of) in the latest Monferrato Moves installment over at MyNameIsBarbera.com. In that video (also embedded below), I have the pleasure of sitting down with Tenuta Olim Bauda‘s Gianni Bertolino, who, aside from owning dogs and making incredibly serious, long-lived, and tasty Barbera, also happens to be President of the Associazione dei Produttori del Nizza. So, he knows a couple (of hundred) things about the tippy-top of the Barbera DOCG quality pyramid.

In this vid, Bertolino and I taste through a couple of more recent Nizza DOCG releases, and I don’t spit, which should tell you something about how good his wines are. Enjoy!

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 25, 2017

Vinted on December 25, 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!

  • 13 Bonterra Vineyards The McNab Single Vineyard Cuvee (Mendocino County): Those who like their CA reds nice and juicy will probably want to mc-nab the McNab ASAP. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maley Brothers Vineyards Lodi Native Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): Taming the beast, without ever really losing sight of the what makes the beast awesome in the first place. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella (Valpolicella): If you feel like this chewy number perennially is on point without missing a beat, that's because it's actually perennially on point without missing a beat. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Reva Nebbiolo d'Alba (Monforte d'Alba): With a little bit of understanding, and more than a little bit of patience, you'll be in full-on contemplation mode with this little beauty. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Frescobaldi Massovino Ammiraglia Vermentino (Toscana): Not exactly flagship material, but you won't be complaining – & your glass won't stay full very long, either. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port (Porto): On the rich, spicy, and caramel-laden side. And yeah, you can go ahead and just thank it for all of that later. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran (Madiran): Clearly an impressive performer, as just about every right note is hit in an entertaining way here. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Elian Da Ros Abouriou Rouge (Cotes du Marmandais): Authenticity, ruggedness, & hipster cred, but in this case you can actually just *enjoy* it. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Henriot Brut Souverain (Champagne): As English Bob put it, the sight of royalty would cause you to dismiss all thoughts of bloodshed and you would stand… in awe… $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve (Champagne): Yellow & green apples, and white peaches – and cloud-pleasing quaff-ability – in almost embarrassingly rich amounts. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
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