Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-12-05


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  • 07 Castello Monaci "Piluna" Primitivo (Salento): Italy's boot heel delivers a tasty value of spicy, peppery black fruit Zin kick to yo face! #
  • 08 Penns Woods Traminette (PA): Gino Razzi's attempt at a "simple" sipper instead yields semi-complex layers of pear, lychee, spice & cream. #
  • 07 Kanonkop Pinotage (Stellenbosch): Que up 'Funkytown' because this black fruited bacony beauty is gonna take you there. "Gotta move on…" #
  • 07 Raats Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch): A striking profile – quince, honey, lemon, butter, & piercing ginger. Give it another 2 yrs… #
  • 07 Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Is it tasty? Yes. But is it also too Jammy? Yes. Pinot for Zin lovers? #
  • 07 Hgel Gewurztraminer "Hugel" (Alsace): Her Spicyness has awoken. She is beautiful & hungry, and she demands Thai food immediately! #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-11-28


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  • 07 Saunter Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Very big, very dark, & very good. Feed this beast some grilled bison steak & roasted potatoes. #
  • 07 Verge Syrah (Dry Creek Valley): Excellent vintage & it shows. These luscious blackberries have some funky dirt on 'em – lucky for us. #
  • 07 Olsen Ogden Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): The booze may be big, but so is the strawberry action, and that fruit is puuuuuuure, baby. #
  • 07 Napa Cellars Mount Vedeer Chardonnay (Napa): A buttery fruit bomb. But for what it's worth, a fruit bomb with serious mineral action. #
  • 08 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Bad vintage, but really good wine. A cunning balancing act of tropical fruit, veggies & minerals. #
  • 05 Twomey Merlot (Napa Valley): Here's something A. Dias Blue & I can finally agree on. Dark, dense, powerful, spicy, excellent & expensive. #
  • 07 Rancho Zabaco Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek): Brings great spicy black fruit to the party. Also brings obnoxious drunk friend Petite Sirah #
  • 07 Carmen Chardonnay (Central Valley): A ride through the tropical fruit garden. The wheels aren't all balanced, but the ride's a bargain. #
  • Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): A decent buy but not nearly as strong as their other releases. Stick to their value Syrah or Chard. #
  • 07 Polka dot Medium Dry Riesling (Pfalz): Green is the packaging. And the fruit (green apple,lime). And the (under) ripeness of that fruit. #
  • 08 Prime Cellars District 4 Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Big, but damn good & food-friendly thnx to balanced oak + stainless treatment. Bravo! #
  • 06 Black Cloud Pinot Noir (Okanagan Falls): Promising 1st effort, balancing elegance & brambly fruit, kind of like Brer Rabbit in a tuxedo. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-11-21


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  • 08 Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere (Rapel Valley): Brings the QPR like Thor brought the Mjölner hammer down on those horny Nordic giants. #
  • 07 Odfjell Armador Carmenere (Chile): Tar, spice & earthiness. Like any given patch of said earth, solid if unremarkable. #
  • 07 Vui Manent Carmenere Reserva (Colchagua Valley): The supple mouthfeel will reward you for getting past the overly-green pepper nose. #
  • 07 Cono Sur Vision Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Trip through the farm! First the barnyard, then thru green peppers, & stop at a berry patch #
  • 08 Vina La Rosa 'La Capitana' Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Crazy good value with cocoa powder, plum & the faintest hint of green pepper. #
  • 07 Ventisquero Grey Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Pine cones & cough syrup. With that taste, I should have saved this for when I had bronchitis. #
  • 07 Terra Andina Altos Carmenere-Carignan (Central Valley): Dark Dr. Pepper meets stewed red fruits, and makes quick work of your flank steak #
  • 04 Carmen Winemaker's Reserve Red (Maipo Valley): VG Bord'x style blend. Sexy, sophisticated, refined, elegant, & pretty darn expensive. #
  • 07 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah (Dry Creek Valley): Like Juggernaut from the X-Men, but made of potent kick-ass red berry fruit. #
  • 08 Grooner Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal): Tart, citrusy & very capable intro. to Austria's answer to Sauv Blanc. Unleash it on a salad course. #
  • 06 Heron Hill Ingle vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes): I wanted to stick a straw into this lime awesomeness & just suck down the entire thing #
  • 05 Kanu Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest (Stellenbosch): Like almond brittle made with apricot & doused in kerosene. But in a totally good way. #
  • 06 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): It seems criminal to open it this early. Give it 6 yrs to unfold its multilayered magic. #
  • NV Pommery Champagne Brut Royal (Reims): Smaller than a breadbox, but somehow they managed to get the entire loaf in the bottle anyway. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-11-07


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  • 07 Scloss Reinhartshausen Fountain Blue Riesling (Rheingau): ABCs of the region – Austere, Balanced, & Critical mass of apricot goodness #
  • 07 Scloss Reinhartshausen Old Vines Riesling (Rheingau): Victorian-statue austere. White peach & pineapple demand that u kiss their rings! #
  • 07 Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbach Erstes Gewachs Riesling (Rheingau): Peach, tropical fruit & enough booze to rock your T-Day turkey feast. #
  • 07 Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbacher Marcobrunn Auslese (Rheingau): Drop dried apricots in a vat of local honey. Now, serve it in heaven. #
  • 06 Josh Cellars Amber Knolls Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills, CA): An economical choice for lovers of big (aka Fruity + Oaky) CA Cab. #
  • 07 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Single Viny'd Carmenere (Aconcagua Valley): A lush plum pie, but some of the bites have chunks of bell pepper… #
  • 08 Big House Pink (CA): If it's a house, it's a house carved out of the patch by Strawberry Shortcake herself. Competent if unexciting rose. #
  • 07 Josef Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling (Rheingau): Great approachable, turkey-friendly, if a bit over-priced example of Rheingau goodness. #
  • 05 Halter Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Intense & extracted, this is tasty but the booze needs to be approached with caution. #
  • 01 Rutherford Hill Merlot (Napa Valley): Waves of tar & game are gently pulling at the blackberry & cedar shore. Adult swim, baby! #
  • 07 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere (Rapel Valley): Dark, fruity, & green-peppery. Mouthfeel outshines the nosefeel. Nosefeel? #
  • 06 Mollydooker Enchanted Path (McLaren Vale): Has every red flavor you can think of, & it just might stand up to aging vs. the immense booze #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-10-31


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  • 07 Agur Kessem (Judean Hills): Dark red fruits abound in this kosher Bord'x belnd, but the PV comes off harsher than the dessert sands. #
  • 07 Leitz Dragonstone Riesling (Rheingau): Big on fruit, flowers & RS, low in alcohol. Is this really from the Rheingau? Could've fooled me. #
  • 05 Chaddsford Due Rossi (PA): A game of hide and seek. As in, you want to seek out the bright red fruit, but it's hiding behind some smoke. #
  • 08 Chaddsford Proprietor's Reserve Red (PA): Could be aptly renamed 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. Except that they'd probably get sued… #
  • 08 Chaddsford Riesling (Lake Erie): Actually a blend, but it all comes together into a big green apple. And it's hungry for Chinese food. #
  • 07 Folie a Deux Merlot (Napa Valley): Nice overall, but makes promises (plum & chocolate) that 2 hours later it can't keep (cherry cola). #
  • 07 Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County): A blueberry roundhouse kicks your face, then sprinkles some pepper on it. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-10-24


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  • 08 Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Albarino (Monterey County): Bright grapefruit, but hit this with salty Asian food & it's all tangerine goodness. #
  • 08 Grapes of Roth Riesling (Long Island): If you like lime, this one has 1/2 the orchard in it. A wine for good times (and spicy food). #
  • 05 Snows Lake One (Lake County, CA): Cab with enough dried prune to keep a retirement home regular for a week. I mean that in a good way! #
  • 05 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Hot damn, dark fruit & eucalyptus? All that & a bag o' chips. Sign me up for this! #
  • 07 4 Bears Chardonnay (Central Coast): A little heavy on the butter, but also heavy on the sweet n' tasty tropical fruit goodness. #
  • 07 Trumpeter Malbec (Mendoza): With those pepper notes, the QPR is off the charts. A note worth playing for under $9. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-10-03


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  • 06 Harney Lane Lizzy James Viney'd Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): There's you, there's the dried cherry, but what's with the 3% Petite Sirah? #
  • 06 Bonny Doon CA' Del Solo Sangiovese (San Benito County): It might be cherry Rock, but it's Funk-infused cherry Rock (& a bargain to boot). #
  • 08 Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles (Barossa Valley): Nose = Berry good. Taste = Berry good. Finish = Berry rough. Worth a look for GSM fanatics. #
  • 08 SA Prüm Essence Riesling (Mosel): An international take on the Mosel stalwart. Cheap, food-friendly, and downright green-apple-delicious. #
  • 07 SA Prüm 'Prüm Blue' Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Like flowers growing through a patch of gravel. In a stream. On a grapefruit mountain (?) #
  • 07 SA Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): As squeaky clean as mineral water. As good & complex as Mosel Riesling gets. #
  • 06 SA Prüm Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Sexy, like Daisy Duke wearing SHORT shorts & wiping the gasoline off of her hands #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-09-26


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  • 05 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant (CA): A bombastic, bold, balanced & beautiful biodynamic BD. A minor triumph & a glimpse of CA's wine future. #
  • 08 Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (W. Australia): Yee-haw! Saddle up on them thar lemons & ride `em with pride! Vibrant & inexpensive. #
  • 07 Bridlewood Monterey County Chardonnay: Mandarin oranges & apple slices balanced on the booze & acid axis. Not too shabby at all for $15 ! #
  • 05 Bridlewood Syrah (Santa Ynez): Dense, jammy & somewhat overpriced. It'll age, but I'm not sure it should command the coin they're asking #
  • 05 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Petite Syrah (Napa): Like The Rock or a cartoon dinosaur, uncharacteristically approachable for being so big. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-09-19


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  • 07 Pavo Syrah (Sonoma): Like the Balrog, only he's made of kick-ass dark fruit, w/ red berry horns. Oh, & his whip is made of white pepper. #
  • 08 Shoofly 'Chook Raffle' Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills): Balancing act of melon, acidity, & slight oak, but one of those balls takes a tumble #
  • 07 Lander Jenkins 'Spirit Hawk' Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): Bing cherry fans, rejoice. This puppy delivers the big-time Bing at low-time price. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-09-12


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  • 07 Penley 'Condor' Shiraz Cabernet (Coonawarra): Really dig the smokey overtones. Don't really dig the prevalent berry soda action, though. #
  • 08 Lander Jenkins 'Spirit Hawk' Chardonnay (CA): All is peachy with this crowd-pleaser – on the nose, on the palate, and on the wallet. #
  • 07 Black Box Shiraz (Central Coast, CA): Rough around the edges? A bit. fruity & pleasant? Yep. A good buy? Definitely. #
  • 06 O Fournier Alfa Crux Malbec (Mendoza): Spectacular – from dense sour cherry to Slim Jim, & everything in-between. This wine floored me. #
  • 07 Trapiche Broquel Torrontes (Cafayate Valley): A lot of flowers, a little bit of flab, and enough spices to stave off boredom. #
  • 07 Dme Jean Bousquet Malbec Reserva (Mendoza): Like being in a tobacco field, with a small kid intermittently lobbing blackberries at you! #
  • 06 Zuccardi 'Serie A' Bonarda (Mendoza): More jelly than jam, more good than bad, more not my style than… well, than my style… #
  • 06 Zuccardi Q Malbec (Mendoza): Big, tannic, and fruity. At less than $20, you *will* find friends who will suck this down at your next BBQ. #
  • 00 Etude Pinot Noir (Carneros): The bright red berry fruit is all up in your mix like Betty Crocker. But why be shy when you're this tasty? #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-09-05


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  • 87 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (Tuscany): Cannonball shot of dark fruit awesomeness to your gut. Exit wound leaves huge hole in your wallet. #
  • 08 Domaine Tempier Rosé (Bandol): A strawberry patch surrounded by a spice garden, with an olive chaser. Dry as a bone. Worth the coin. #
  • 07 Karl Erbes Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Dare I eat a peach? Yes, when it's this noble, sweet, and refreshingly acidic! #
  • 07 Yannis Assyrtiko (Santorini): Like honey-nut cheerios, only salted, fermented, and without the cereal. Bring me squid, for pete's sake! #
  • 95 Château d'Yquem (Sauternes): Poetic & polished high-wire juggling act of honey, caramel, apricot, flowers, lemon curd & citric acidity #
  • 89 Ch. L'Evangile (Pomeral): That blackberry fruit is a little dusty. Everything turns out splendidly, of course. Could sniff this for ages. #
  • 89 Ch. Léoville Las Cases (St. Julien): Dark red fruit is more velvety than you'd 1st suspect. Graphite adds to the pleasure. Drink it now. #
  • 08 Terracita Tempranillo (Castilla): Boysenberry & woody vanilla that goes down almost too easily. At $9, you can afford to gulp it down. #
  • 08 Bodegas Etchart Torrontes Reserve (Cafayete): One sniff is like being at the flower shop (and the flower shop pairs well with sushi). #
  • 07 Bodega Colome Malbec (Calchaqui): The blackberries & violets will kick your ass so hard you might need to stand the rest of the night. #
  • 08 Michel Torino 'Don David' Torrontes (Cafayate): Torrontes dressed up for the ball – all elegance, class and subtle beauty. Gulp! #
  • 06 Michel Torino 'Don David' Cabernet Sauvignon (Cafayate): Someone set fire to a cherry-flavored graphite pencil! And damn, do I like it! #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-08-29


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  • 08 Muirwood Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco): Banana bread. If you don't like banana bread, then you'd better steer clear Otherwise. – enjoy! #
  • 05 Waters Crest Campania Rosso (Long Islan): Bord'x style blend in terms of grapes, but not in terms of complexity. Dark cherry dominates. #
  • 07 Channing Daughters L'Enfant Sauvage Chardonnay (Long Island): In a word – balanced. Citrus & butter, but still lively. VG stuff. #
  • 07 Casanel Chegada Norton (Virginia): A rose take on the brambly Jefferson grape. Acquired taste but could find a place at your next picnic. #
  • 08 Dry Mill Steel Chardonnay (Virginia): Substantive for an all-steel Chard., w/ tropical fruits all over the place. Well-priced, too. #
  • 07 Dry Mill Cabernet Franc (Virginia): All black cherry, & all good. Wondering if the future of Loudoun County should be seeing red… #
  • 08 Zephaniah Cabernet Franc (Virginia): Barrel samples of this garage wine are showing definite promise for Right Coast CF. One to watch. #
  • 08 Willowcroft Riesling (Virginia): Harsh and acerbic. Doesn't feel like Riesling. For $16, this feels more like highway robbery. #
  • NV Willowcroft Petit Verdot (Virginia): Jammy, focused, tannic, & very good. Like a friendly dark fruit monster offering you a tasty cola. #
  • 08 Brokenwood Pinot Noir (Beechwood, Victoria): Cherries & earth. Doesn't sound appealing, but it is to me, 'cause I like it dirty! #
  • 01 Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone (Pedemonte): Burly & densely concentrated. Practically a spice factory on the nose. Hot damn, that's good! #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-08-22


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  • 07 Rued Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Aromatic & *almost* balanced at 14.5 abv with stone fruits galore. Pretty good deal for $18. #
  • 05 Blair Wedding Cuvee (Pennsylvania): Bad label, good wine. One of the spiciest (& best) East Coast Cab Franc blends I've had in a while. #
  • 08 d'Arenberg 'Broken Fishplate' Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills): From tropical fruit to an herbal finish. But the ride btw is a bit bumpy. #
  • 08 Cono Sur Vision Pinot Noir (Colchagua Valley): All of the jammy fruit that PN can muster, & then some more jammy fruit for good measure. #
  • Senor Sangeria (NV): Fruity (red) w/ pleasing sweetness & acidity. Pour this at a party, & it's gone in a flash. Great work & a fun concept. #
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc (Monterey): Like an amuse-bouche, but it's a pear soaked in tasty booze. Thank you sir, can I have another? #
  • 05 Diamond Terrace Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa): Dark Chocolate-covered black cherries are nice, but prob. not as good as this. #
  • 06 Cliff Bar Family Winery 'The Climber' Red (CA): Like a mountain pass, things get rough. But the black fruit along the way is enjoyable. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-08-15


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  • 90 Max Ferd. Richter Helenenkloster Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Neon lemon vibrant color. Slight TCA, but the acidity is just screaming good. #
  • 02 Trefethen Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Big, bold, but supremely focused. Ass-kicking black cherries dominate. #
  • 06 Inniskillin VIdal Gold Icewine (Niagara): Color, acidity, sugar, citrus, honeysuckle – it's all amped up to the extreme in this offering. #
  • 08 Black Box Chardonnay (Monterey): Yes, it's from a box, but if you're buying Yellowtail Chard instead of this easy-drinker, you're insane. #
  • 05 Innocent Bystander Bleeding Heart (Australia): Drinkable but somewhat dysfunctional Sangiovese/Merlot blend. Hints of pepper add interest #
  • 07 m2 Soucie Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Dried black fruit, chocolate, & cola. Like James Bown's papa, this wine don't take no mess! #
  • 08 St. Supery Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Not subtle but certainly complex w/ passion fruit, citrus & grass. Great job on this #

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