Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 5, 2013

Vinted on August 5, 2013 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!

  • 09 Hugel Cuvee Les Amours Pinot Blanc (Alsace): Looooove! Reign stone fruits o'er meeeeeeeeeee! Whoooooaaaaaa…. Looooooooove!!! $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Cavicchioli 1928 Sparkling White (Modena): Clearly likes to party, but is just a little too fond of its apple cider impersonation. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Trefethen Merlot (Napa Valley): The new Mercedes-driving neighbor who seems showy but actually has a deep, contemplative side. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Friendly; as in open-and-hear-the-crowd-roar-wildly-in-appreciation kind of friendly. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Trefethen Chardonnay (Napa Valley): It's not walking a totally straight line, but it's not bumping into anyone intrusively, either. $30 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Valentin Bianchi Extra Brut (Mendoza): Hello, baby, c'mere, what's your name? Hey! Hey! Wait! Where you going? Where you going?!?? $29 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay (Limari Valley): Solid… solid as a rock! In this case, the rock is the stone in 'stone fruits' $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Lapostolle Canto de Apalta (Rapel Valley): This kitchen sink red blend might just plant its rich, herbal earworm into your noggin. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Hermanos de Domingo Molina Torrontes (Salta): Into lychee & flowers? Then this one's worth the admission for the ending alone. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hermanos de Domingo Molina Malbec Tannat (Salta): Whoa, think you left this out on the grill just a little too long there, dude. $15 C+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Alberti 154 Malbec (Mendoza): Prefers to stroll down the sweet and toasty side of the street; you might prefer a brighter side. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Maipo Valley): Couldn't get any friendlier unless it did magic tricks and made balloon animals. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 De Martino Estate Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Stern in character, serious in mindset, and generous in just about everything else. $13 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 De Martino Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley): Riddle me this, Batman; what's chocolaty, vibrant & herbal… all at once? $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 De Martino Single Vineyard Alto de Piedras Carmenere (Isla de Maipo): A serious, deep, vibrant scream; its translation? "BARGAIN" $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 08 De Martino Las Cruces Single Vineyard Old Bush Vines (Cachapoal): I suppose sometimes beauty vines in the form of juiciness. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 De Martino El Leon Single Vineyard Carignan (Maule Valley): This amount of bold character could get you into a USA Network series. $40 A- >>find this wine<<




  • pbilling13

    Interesting, I've had a bottle of the Hugel in the fridge for a couple of months. Just couldn't seem to find the right meal to open it for. Pulled the trigger on Friday and had it with Shrimp Tacos, it was awesome. Definitely agree with you rating!!!

    Once again your true genius shows, you agreed with me :-).


    • 1WineDude

      Paul – Well, it's good to know how to measure my relative intelligence going forward! :)

      That `09 PB is the best vintage of Hugel Amours I've tasted in a few years.

  • Kriz

    Is there anything you could reccomend from the "bargain box" of wine similar to : Flowers – Pinot Noir ?

    • 1WineDude

      Kriz – no. As good as boxed wine can be these days, what you're looking for there is like asking for a Lexus for the price of a Ford Aspire…

  • Majapoli

    Went to the finger lakes for the first time. No, it's not Napa wines nor should one expect them to be. Cold climat fun wines. Beautiful views , nice people and interesting wineries. Eremita in Lodi is in a pretty old brick church and they have a couple of very tasty wines. We will be back.

    • 1WineDude

      Majapoli – FLX is definitely coming into its own. I've had the pleasure of tasting with a few of the Seneca Lake area winemakers this year, and it's been a real treat for me. In happy to be giving them done love lately over at my gig, because they deserve it! Cheers.

  • Majapoli

    I know this is a wine blog, however, the finger lakes distillery on Seneca lake is the bomb. The gin and whiskey were surprisingly good. Gin was like my fav. Hendricks!

    • 1WineDude

      Majapoli – no worries, I drink gin! :-)

    • Majapoli

      Eremita in Lodi , New York near Seneca lake was cool. The owner bought an old brick church and has restored it. Very medieval looking inside. A couple tasty wines I enjoyed under the goddess label.

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