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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 16, 2012 | 1 Wine Dude

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 16, 2012

Vinted on July 16, 2012 under wine mini-reviews
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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!

  • 04 Schramsberg Reserve (North Coast): Royal weddings often don’t end as elegantly as this pithy, smokey, heady & characterful bubbly. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Schramsberg BLanc de Noirs (North Coast): Fruity, pithy, & stare-down-from-a-world-poker-championship-contestant levels of intense $39 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 01 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Late Disgorged (North Coast): 10 yrs on the lees; nuts, apples & brioche U might remember that long. $90 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Schramsberg J Schram (North Coast): What toasted nuts, apples & cherries might be like if served in the Elysian Fields. $110 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut (North Coast): Heady crisp & more refreshing than the other side of the pillow on a hot night. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Penfolds Grange (Barossa): Gates are closed now, but impeccably-tended herb, flower, berry & exotic spice garden awaits beyond. $575 A >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra): He’s got no shortage of dense, brooding character, but even *smells* viscous. $125 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz (South Australia): Patience; these big spicy plummy fruits & eucalyptus aren’t in any hurry to unfold. $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (South Australia): Stands tall on tea & tomato leaf, cassis, spicy silkiness for its 50th b-day. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay (South Australia): A waxy, racy, lanolin-infused, elegant evening gown of a wine in search of shrimp $124 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling (Eden Valley): Squeaky-clean but still silky, most of the apple orchard’s here, including the gravel road $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills): Toasty & explosive, svelte but sporting curves in most of the right places. $72 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz (Barossa): Exactly what true old vine terroir ought to transmit; concentrated, complex & gorgeous $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz (Barossa): Barossa’s chocolate & blackberry standard gets a bright, tangy & nutmeg-sprinkled makeover $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa): Vibrant & juicy wine of tea leaf, blackcurrant & cocoa belies tough boy namesake $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache (Barossa): Powerful undertow of ripe red fruit, spicy chocolate, minerals, herbs & chalky grip. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Langmeil Hangin Snakes (Barossa): Named after a curse, this floral, blue-fruited overachiever will deliver your wallet from evil. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Langmeil Three Gardens (Barossa): All three are well-tended, tangy, peppery, leathery, intense & vibrant gardens in this GSM blend. $20 B >>find this wine>>
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