Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 28, 2017

Vinted on August 28, 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 Dutton Goldfield Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Apparently they're making delicious, rose-infused black tea on the Coast $62 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Onward Malvasia Bianca Petillant Naturel (Suisan Valley): Funky, fresh, & bolstering the reasons why the cool kids want to sip it. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Turina Lugana (Lombardy): Pithy and salty in demeanor, but there's little doubting that this feisty one is full of potential. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Castrini Lugana (Lombardy): New players off to rousing start, favoring the ripe tropical side but showing off raciness when needed $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Corte Sermana Cromalgo (Lugana): Crisp, clean, eminently pure; you wouldn't mind a dash of white pepper on your papaya, would you? $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Zenato Sergio Zenato Lugana Riserva (Veneto): A heady, floral, complex bargain that isn't anywhere near adulthood just yet. $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Zenato S. Cristina Vigneto Massoni Lugana (Veneto): Almonds, toast, lemons, apples, & mango all go swimming in the ocean…. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Zenato Spumante Lugana Pas Dose (Veneto): Disgorged in 2013, but thoroughly ass-kicking in the present, with brioche to spare. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Montonale Orestilla Lugana (Lombardy): Mineral but honeyed, ripe but subtle, round but vivacious; this is Lugana donning pearls. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Montonale Montunal Lugana (Lombardy): Flint, saline, and wild flowers, somehow all brought together into polished deliciousness. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<




  • Steve Howe

    I appreciate your reviews. They are concise and to the point and give the prices as well as a link to where the wines can be purchased. Thank you.

    What is your thoughts on the relationship between quality and price?

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Steve. These are the round-ups of the reviews that I post on twitter (and also cross-posted to Facebook); they *have* to be concise, due to the 140 character limit imposed by twitter. It started out just for fun, but became a good way for me to communicate about wines that I sample that otherwise might not get a mention here (or, in some cases, anywhere else, for that matter).

      In terms of quality/price, I suppose I would need more details on what you mean. Generally, we’re all after the highest quality that we can get for the money in just about everything, wine included. Price doesn’t impact a rating in my case, but price certainly impacts whether or not I’d recommend the wine (and usually finds its way into the timbre of the mini-review).

  • Kim

    Glad to have stumbled upon this blog, as wine blogs go I have found this one to be more meat less splash, I dig it, especially these mini-reviews.

    Price may not influence your rating, but as an owner of a recently opened wine bar in Calgary, we have discovered that price often time affects a buyers decision. We have carefully curated our wine list and offer a variety of wines at varied price points. I have recently found that a lot of people will forgo a lovely wine at a lower price point because they assume that a more expensive one is better. Not always the case.

    Anyway, keep up the entertaining (and well thought out) reviews!

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