Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 3, 2013

Vinted on June 3, 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!

  • 10 Venteux Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Like finding a succulent, award-winning tomato at the rustic county fair. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Robert Hall Winery Merlot (Paso Robles): Pruney & dark, but also herbal & fresh, & pretty damn easy on the checking account. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 L'Adventure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): The dusty power will pack a wallop, but it also gives a floral peace offering $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Chateau Margene Beau Melange (Paso Robles): Bringing artisanal coffee and tea to the big diner party, because it insists on it. $175 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Mooney Family Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Peppery, fresh, savory & bright; honestly, what else do you need? $64 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kieran Robinson Le Voyageur Syrah (Bennett Valley): Vibrantly alive, professing truth, & dispensing wisdom with zen-like honesty. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Kieran Robinson Vivio Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley): We got the meeeeat, we got the meeeat, we got the meeeat, yeah, we got it! $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Murrieta's Well The Whip (Livermore Valley): Smells like a stunning floral bouquet, it's about as stunning of a value, too. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Egalite Cremant de Bourgogne (Cremant de Bourgogne): Toasting a worthy cause with a toast that's chock full of… toastiness! $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva (Rioja): Can spiciness be profound? This is certainly trying to make a case for Yes. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Understated, but with seductive powers that are not to be underestimated. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Signature Valley richness + mineral zing = please-sir-may-I-have-another-thanks. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Too ripe? Maybe, but just try keeping your friends' hands off of it $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A bit awkward now, but just wait until it grows into that toasty oak suit $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pazos de Lusca Zios Albarino (Rias Baixas): Chomping at the tropical bit, snarling lemon zest & ready to bolt right out of the gate $17 B >>find this wine<<




  • pbilling13

    Haven't posted in a while but this weeks reviews struck a note with me.

    Been drinking the Murrieta's Well The Whip for a while now, quite a bargain, VERY consistent, one of my go to daily drinkers, . The Chateau Montelena 09 is better then the 10 IMHO but honestly I prefer the the 09 Grgich Hills Chard over either. Once again just my 2 cents.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks. I think at one point, Wente were gonna stop producing The Whip, so I’m really glad to see it doing so well now. Interestingly, I’ve found a few people who kind of wrote off the Grgich chard, and I was like “are you crazy?!? Drink it, it’s good!”

  • Cheryl

    Love your wine review round up. Your descriptions are the best. I'll definitely try the Chardonnay!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Cheryl.

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