Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 24, 2012

Vinted on September 24, 2012 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 Roark Wine Co Chenin Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley): The journey gets better the farther you go down this rock-strewn freshwater stream. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Andrew Murray Terra Bella Vineyard Grenache (Paso Robles): Spicy & balanced, dusty & floral, jamy & jammin’ on the licorice. $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Andrew Murray Watch Hill Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Portable BBQ of meat, spices, dried herbs, char & raspberry reduction $30 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Andrew Murray Camp 4 Vineyard RGB White (Santa Ynez Valley): Minerality + white flowers + melons = 750ml of crowd-pleasing juice. $25 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 e11even Wines This IS Eleven Red (Central Coast): Dark fruit that’s plummy, toasty & flamboyant, but also pretty damn buoyant. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 e11even Wines Unplugged White (Central Coast): A lot of juicy verve for a tropical, pithy wine that’s going acoustic on us. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bien Nacido Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Now that’s a spicy (& peppery, & rich, & pithy, & interesting) meatball! $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills): Flint & edgy, as if that flint might just give off a spark & catch something on fire. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sandhi Bien Nacido Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): The Force (of the mineral water & gorgeous, pithy citrus) is strong in this 1. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Angeli Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): So much heft, yet with so much lift, it’s like a bodybuilder performing Swan Lake. $68 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Originals Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): A focused & complex stare that would befit a a pro poker championship player. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman Estate Syrah (Santa Ynez Calley): Pepper & flowers, meat & minerals, lift & vibrancy; a sigh wishing more were like this. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Stolpman L’Avion Roussanne (Santa Ynez Valley): Stately, fleshy, toasty, & excellent package sealed with a drop of paraffin. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Francis Ford Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Jam, jam, jam, but with just enough juice to avoid jive talkin’. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Francis Coppola Votre Sante Chardonnay (California): Guiltily hedonistic but refreshing, like a surreptitious quickie at a party. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mounts Family Winery Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Wears leather, will bing chocolates, but is almost creepily enthusiastic. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Like spicy dried figs? Well, you just found your liquid happy place. $20 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Bastianich Adriatico Friulano (Colli Orientali): A little peachy, a little funky, a little nutty, a little zesty, a lot refreshing. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Riverbench Mesa Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Don’t let the sweet red berries fool ya, it’s serious in that pithy structure. $48 B+ >>find this wine>>




  • Dusty

    First time poster here. I take it you hear this all the time but this site is what it says it is. It a perfect resource for me, the not so serious wine drinker. I love wine but don't love having to read through the arduous reviews on other sites. A letter grade and a quick quip. Genius.

    I found you by doing a search for short reviews of different Stolpman wines. Now you are on the RSS, great site!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks! I really appreciate that!!

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