Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-27


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  • 08 Lamoreaux Landing Red Oak vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes): As refreshing as a grapefruit & crisp green apple cocktail. $20 B #
  • 05 Swanson Vineyards Merlot (Oakville): Aiming for Right Bank Bord'x. Not a direct hit, but a killer black licorice effort anyway. $36 A- #
  • NV Alice White Lexia (SE Australia): Imagine a mango sorbet, but served at a cheap restaurant with tacky decor & annoying servers. $7 C+ #
  • 06 Sherwin Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like barnyard? This sucker is a downright state fair pony ride. $90 B #
  • 05 Cain "Five" (Napa Valley): A little fun-kay! Deep & black, with a ton of tar and a commandingly strong finish. Brace yourself! $109 B+ #
  • 07 Olson Ogden Syrah (Sonoma + Napa Counties): VERY tasty tune (& a song for NOW) but they're not quite singing in perfect harmony $28 B #
  • 08 Elderton Unoaked Chardonnay (Barossa): "G'day, mate," said the Minerals, "We'd sure fancy bein' noticed. Good on' ya!" $13 B- #
  • 06 Elderton Shiraz (Barossa): Gotta love that spicy aroma, but a mouthful is way too unctious (in just about every sense of the word) $23 C+ #
  • 08 Grey's Peak Pinot Noir (Waipara): Unpronounceable region. Pronounced spices & wild berry flavors. These kiwis got it goin' on. $22 B #
  • NV Trapiche Extra Brut (Mendoza): A fizzy w/ a splash of Malbec? Damn right! So much tasty toast, it could pass for a dinner roll. $13 B- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-20


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  • 95 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Rarely, words are inadequate to convey a wine's sublime & heavenly balancing act. $350 A+ #
  • 81 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Spice & barnyard suggest its previous potential, now thoroughly dead. (Price N/A) C #
  • 07 William Hill Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A deftly balanced take on the Napa Chard. And, therefore, a stone fruity bargain at $25. B #
  • 07 William Hill Bench Blend Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A spoonful of minerals helps the butterscotch (and Mediterranean food) go down $35 B+ #
  • 06 William Hill Estate Meritage (Napa Valley): PV is holding court under layers & layers of black fruit, but comes off a little 2 soft $85 B #
  • 06 William Hill Estate Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Francy goes to Napa, gets fat, but keeps his spice to show he's still a badass $40 B- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-13


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  • 04 Wellington 100 Yr Old Vines Estate Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley): The concentrated blackberry crack cocaine of Zins. Rich & balanced. $50 A- #
  • 07 Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A nice whiff of dark red fruit & toffee, but only sweet-tooth palates need apply. $28 B- #
  • 06 Waters Crest Cabernet Sauvignon (Long Island): That smoky, spicy cherry on the nose is magic. The slightly thin palate, less so. $40 B- #
  • 06 Ravines Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): The apple & wet rock smell enticing, but you’d better have some food handy for this acid shot $17 B- #
  • 06 Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): A Jim Kelly kung-fu black fruit, chocolate & licorice smackdown. Needs 7 yrs $75 A- #
  • NV Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port: The Port world’s Fig Newtons, only more complex, luscious, tastier & more of a total bargain. $13.50 B+ #
  • NV Casalnova Prosecco (Conegliano, Veneto): Suprisingly rich & downright refined. A honeysuckle lass with sass and some class. $18 B #
  • 02 Blackjack Ranch ‘harmonie’ Red (Santa Barbara): Proof that dried prunes, cassis, & dark root veggies can live together peacefully. $60 A- #
  • 07 Weingut Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese trocken (Mosel): A monster. Honey & lemon curd rock the hizzy. A- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-02-06


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  • 07 Olson Ogden Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah (Napa): What's not to love: the price. What's to love: everything else, esp. those silky tannins B+ #
  • 09 Grey's Peak Riesling (Waipara): Quince, stone & tropical fruit, & a balanced sense of place – all for under $20. Hats off to the Kiwis. B #
  • 06 Buehler Papa's KnollCabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Special delivery from kickass dark cherry & spice. Pls. don't open for 5 yrs $45 B+ #
  • 08 Buehler Chardonnay Reserve (RRV): So, the tropical fruit & minerals are served with a healthy dollop of cream. You can handle it. $20 B- #
  • 06 Leanne Vineyards Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley): Developed by @TheWineExpert for Seasons52. Missing some earth, but otherwise awesome. $40 B+ #
  • 06 Hugel "Cuvee Les Amours" Pinot Blanc (Alsace): I am in serious Like with this citrusy, textbook expression of aromatic Alsatian PB $17 B #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-30


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  • 08 Rodney Strong Chardonnay (Sonoma): For the $ you can buy some oak bomb, or go w/ this lively & balanced crowd-pleaser. Your choice. B- #
  • 08 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): This is like magic, it makes the finish totally disappear! Spice & cherry cola help. C #
  • 07 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma): A straight shot of dried black cherry from the 1st sniff all the way thru the tart finish. C+ #
  • 09 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Western Cape): Q: A product can’t jump the shark as soon as it hits the market, can it? A: Actually, yes it can. C- #
  • 05 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee bomb wrapped in rose petals & sprinkled w/ spice. Could lose a few lbs, but still pretty. B+ #
  • 07 Bressia Monteagrelo Syrah (Mendoza): Just like your overpriced, food-unfriendly New World Syrah, except fairly priced & food-friendly! A- #
  • 06 Bressia Profundo (Mendoza): I don’t often get goosebumps from smelling a wine, esp a Malbec; but this black fruit masterpiece delivers. A #
  • 05 Familia Langley Reserva ‘Urraca’ (Mendoza): As dark as its namesake & lovely, but I’m not convinced it’ll ever grow into its own skin. B+ #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-23


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  • 06 Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling (Barossa): They ride on blaaaaazing aaaaaciiiiiiiiid! And lemon zest. And then even more acid. B- #
  • 06 Cruz Andina Malbec (Mendoza): More jams than a Phish concert. Decant for 2 hrs, serve w/ brisket & the higher price will seem worth it. B #
  • 08 Folonari Pinot grigio (Veneto): For $9, don't expect the world. But expect its green apple flavor to play nicely with baked fish. C+ #
  • 08 Ritual Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley): There's dark cherry New World Pinot in there, but you've gotta dig thru the green pepper for it. C #
  • 06 Rocca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Big & beautiful. 5 yrs will integrate the red fruits, cinnamon & vanilla, but why wait? A #
  • 08 Giovanni Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie (Arneis): Peach, citrus & screamin' minerality. Could have more aromatic bang for the buck, tho. B #
  • 06 Mettler 'Epicenter' Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Too bad about the heat, 'cause the dense blackberry & cracked pepper totally rock. B- #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-16


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  • 07 Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir (Napa Valley): A dense cherry core draped w/ aromas of violets, like it’s wearing a boa made of flower petals. #
  • 07 Rossi-Wallace Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Bright, steely, awesome, & about as close to Chablis as you’re ever gonna get from California. #
  • 07 Swanson Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley): As grapefruity & aromatic as you'd expect out of Alsace or NZ. Still priced like Napa, though. #
  • 06 Wallis Little Sister Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Luxurious dark fruit & fennel take a long (& affordable!) trip down tobacco road. #
  • 04 El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Reserva: Sure-footed (those are vanilla-dipped red berry feet), dependable, tasty, & a tad overpriced. #
  • 07 Six Prong Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills): 1 prong lemon, 1 prong pear, & 4 prongs flab. Mouthfeel = letdown, even for a budget pick. #
  • 06 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay (Napa Valley): *Almost* enuf harmony in the stone & peachy fruits to forgive the touch-too-much of oak & lees. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-09


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  • 05 Cesari Mara Vino Di Ripasso (Valpolicella): Dried cherry action w/ some orange peel & spice happily complicating matters. Pass the pork. #
  • 05 Ruffino Riserva Ducale (Chianti Classico): For all that complex dark cherry structure, it's starting to show a bit of age. Drink soon. #
  • 07 Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine (Niagara): Like mango & melon sorbet. Actually, for the price, it's better than mango & melon sorbet. #
  • 06 Walter Dacon "Appanage" Syrah (Yakima Valley): How do you make good cold-climate syrah in Yakima? Ask these guys, they've nailed it. #
  • 03 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico (Valpolicella): Totally amped up acidity, tannin, booze, etc. Just a baby (but a tasty black fruit baby) #
  • 05 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso (Veronese): Well-balanced & well-integrated. A delight. Food-friendly Amarone without the obnoxious wait. #
  • 05 Domaine des Bernadins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Like a circular saw blade made from flowers, honey & mint; rough around the edges. #
  • 06 Protos Ribera del Duero Roble: A red fruit tableau bargain that plays well with others in the culinary sandbox (your dinner table). #
  • 06 Monte Antico Toscana: A humble Tuscan mostly-Sangiovese blend – humble in origin, price, & taste. Maybe a bit too humble in taste… #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-02


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  • 06 San Juan Vineyards riesling (Yakima Valley): A promise of citrus & flowers. A let down of lack of balance & hint of nail polish remover. #
  • 06 Navarro Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Sweet red berry fruit bomb. A balanced fruit bomb, but a fruit bomb. Approach (& pair) w/ caution. #
  • 08 Nigl Gruner Veltliner Freiheit (Austria): Not a bargain, but it's a meetup of asian pear & asparagus that's far tastier than it sounds. #
  • o5 Chateau Gaudrelle Reserve Speciale Moelleux (Vouvray): Tropical fruits & honey, but like that x-mas fruitcake it ends a little rough… #
  • 07 Montes Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley): New World style, S. American charm, and only a touch of bell pepper. Sign me up! #
  • NV Domaine Chandon Brut Classic (CA): Will it change your world? No. Will it rock at your party? Totally, in a spicy-apple sortof way. #
  • NV Mumm Napa Cuvee M (Napa Valley): Sexy & approachable, like I imagine Kathy Lee Gifford was before she went nuts & w/o the awful singing. #
  • 08 Qupe Bien Nacido Cuvee (Santa Maria Valley): Just short of flabby but well in sight of ripe apricot goodness. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-12-26


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  • 09 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): A tasty passion fruit smack-down that eventually sends you to a soft landing on a bed of limes. #
  • 04 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valey): A cadre of awesome players. Starring: Cassis & pencil lead. With Specail Guest: Mr. earth! #
  • 06 Adelsheim Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Poached Pacific salmon has met its Intense red berry and smokey match. #
  • 08 L'Ecole No. 41 "Walla Voila" Chenin Blanc (Columbia Valley): Cooking Dungeness crab? Sick of Chard? Try this. Tropical fruits & 'heft'. #
  • 07 McCrea Syrah (Yakima Valley): Deep, dark, peppery & rough around the edges in that endearing kind of way (like your goofy Uncle Fred). #
  • 05 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Intensely focused & still young. Several hrs decanting & a large beef roast required. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-12-19


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  • 07 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Parallele 45" (Cotes Du Rhone): Buoyantly fruity red. The light & playful (aka "food friendly") side of Grenache. #
  • 07 Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay (Mendoza): Reinvented producer goes all International style on us, & it works beautifully (& inexpensively). #
  • 06 Swanson "Alexis" Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Intense & blackcurrant-heavy flagship ($$$) that screams CA. Reticent about its future. #
  • 07 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay (Napa): At $30, a bargain of a broad tropical & stony fruit spectrum. Minerals are the real show-stealers here. #
  • 06 Mulderbosch Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch): So sticky good, structured & focused, u won't mind a hint of burnt tire. #
  • 07 Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc (Carneros): For those that like their CF Californicated (luscious & dark), this is 1 of the best available. #
  • 07 Stepping Stone Grenache (Red HIlls-Lake County): Too much sweet plum on the nose for ya? Don't worry, it goes all pepper before it's done #
  • 07 Channing Daughters Vino Bianco (LI): Apparently N. Italy can be quite comfortably – and very, very tastily – at home in the Hamptons. #
  • 08 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): One-dimensional, & that one dimension is lovely, lively lime & lemongrass. But that's it. #
  • 06 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast): Blackberries & currants have attacked under cover of smoke, & I surrender (for 1 glass)! #

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


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  • 08 Darting Durkheimer Nonnengarten Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz): Enamel-peeling acidity & muted fruit. 1L bottle format offers more to not-love #
  • 08 Dönnhoff Riesling (Nahe): Storied producer scores again. Cinnamon-dusted pears & white peaches, finishing with a dollop of lemon candy. #
  • 08 Leitz "Eins Zwei Dry" Riesling (Rheingau): Steely and austere but also approachable. Good intro to the wine land that Charlemagne built. #
  • 07 Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): At this point I'm beginning to wonder if even the friggin' tap water in the Mosel is elegant… #
  • 08 Fox Run vineyards Riesling (Finger Lakes): This fox is racy, as in racing acidity. A pleasant surprise & a good buy for Asian fare. #
  • 08 Fox Run Vineyards Riesling (Finger Lakes): This fox is racy, as in racing acidity. A pleasant surprise & a good buy for Asian fare. #
  • 07 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Who replaced my Dr. Frank with this fruitless stuff? Well below par for the good Dr. #
  • 08 Keller Riesling (Rheinhessen): When they said you should "take the time to stop & smell the flowers," they were talking about this wine. #
  • 07 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): A winner. Petrol & slate, like it was right out of nearby Watkins Glenn racetrack itself. #
  • 06 Red Newt Cellars Riesling "Reserve" (Finger Lakes): As squeaky clean as you can get, served up with a healthy twist of grapefruit. #
  • 06 Sheldrake Point Vineyard Riesling "Reserve" (Finger Lakes): Something might be balanced on Sheldrake's point, but it's not this heffer. #
  • 05 Heron Hill Winery Riesling "Old Vines" (Finger Lakes): A little flawed and tasting older than the old vines. Probably past its prime now. #
  • 07 Folie a Deux Zinfandel (Amador County): The Jam is on. A splash of Teroldego ads a brambly edge. Your tongue & wallet will thank you. #

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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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