Family Zirelli Wine Makers

Gantenbein

Pinot Noir 2016

Cult wine lovers rejoice! This Swiss Pinot noir has some Smokey and almost sweet characteristics on the nose, while the palate of black cherries and tobacco. The winemaker cold soaks the grapes prior to fermentation for maximum extraction of aroma and flavor.

Between the 3 wines, the transition from red to blue to black fruits, and development of smokey qualities epitomizes the different terroirs and techniques Pinot makers are using across the world.
— a year ago

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Freycinet Vineyard

Tasmania Pinot Noir 2007

One of my favourite Australian Pinot Noirs and does improve with cellaring - up to 15 years say the makers. Arguably at its peak right now but will still be drinking well in 4 years - on the plateau. A lovely complex aroma of earthy, compost heap, forest floor notes with savoury Plum. Medium + Intensity on the palate with incredible length and persistence. This wine like all good Pinots speaks of its terroir which in this case is this special amphitheater in eastern Tasmania. Usually buy this annually. — 5 years ago

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Pillow Rd. Vineyard

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Pillow Rd. Vineyard is situated to the southwest of Sebastopol, not far from the southern tip of the Russian River Valley, and planted to two acres of Chardonnay and seven acres of Pinot Noir. Clones 777, 115, and Pommard made up the first plantings in 2000, with Calera and Swan being added later (replacing Gravenstein apple trees). The vineyard has courted her fair share of suitors, originally being one of Duckhorn’s sources for its Goldeneye Pinot Noir. The first commercial vintage under the Pillow Rd. label was 2006. I’m not sure whether Ladera had entered the scene at that point, but it was definitely in time for their release of the 2009 vintage. In 2016 PlumpJack Group acquired Ladera’s Howell Mountain vineyard and winemaking facility, and while it appears the Pillow Rd. Vineyard wasn’t included in that sale, I haven’t seen anything that spells that out explicitly. Regardless, what is certain is that Napa Cab makers can’t quit this Russian River Pinot vineyard. It had some kinks to work out, but ultimately it’s built for pleasure and not complexity, and it eventually got there. Cherry cola, sassafras, baking spice, butterscotch, and just enough of a citrus edge to keep from losing its balance. — 6 years ago

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Tenuta San Guido

Guidalberto Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

Had this in cellar! Outstanding! From the makers of Sassicaia, Deep Ruby with red & black fruits and floral aromas of this 60% Cab Sauv 40% Merlot blend. On the palate flavors of cherry, currants and blackberry with cinnamon, licorice, cacao and earthy notes, well integrated. Fine tannins, approachable, a wine with a solid structure, elegant and smooth, long finish, great mouth feel ending with fruit and spicy oak. Still had room to age. Nice! — 2 years ago

Dawn, Daniel P. and 6 others liked this

Giant Steps

Ocarina Gruyere Farm Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Aromas of citrus and pineapple juice. Fermented in a clay amphora on Skins with no Malolactic Fermentation. No oak. This wine making gives another level of freshness, intensity and minerality. An excellent wine from one of Australia’s pre-eminent wine makers, Steve Flamsteed. Winery says cellar up to 6 years - I cannot see my bottles lasting that long! — 5 years ago

Scott, Ceccherini and 6 others liked this

Château de la Huste

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Ken Z
9.0

Drank 5/26/28

#steakandclaret night. Paired nicely with a pan seared ribeye.

This is another Chateau owned by the makers of Chateau Dalem.

Nose of plums and black cherry start to reveal some earth and graphite notes with time in the decanter. Palate with more red fruits. After a couple of hours more mocha flavors emerge. Medium, well integrated tannins and a relatively long finish in the 40 second range. Like many of the '15's I've had, you can drink now for primary fruit, or age a few years. Nice, but I do prefer the Chateau Dalem for a few more dollars.

3/21/8/4/4 +50 = 90 pts
— 5 years ago

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Pharaoh Moans

Westside Red 2012

Deep and tasty. One of my favorite paso wine makers. — 6 years ago

Jason, Ron and 9 others liked this

Domaine de Montvac

Adage Red Rhone Blend 2011

3rd generation women wine makers. Owner was a ballerina and all wines are named for a pose. Natural wine. Lovely and tart. — 4 years ago

Kelly Seiler

Kelly Seiler

Added to cellar 8-30-19

William Downie

Gippsland Pinot Noir 2017

Forgot to take a photo of the Half Bottle at No. 19 Restaurant at The Darling at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. This was the 2017 William Downie from Gippsland. Interested to try this as Gippsland is the home of Bass Phillip, one of the most accomplished makers of Pinot Noir in Australia as is William Downie. This was more beetroot and earthy root vegetables than red fruits with classic Burgundian sappiness. A classy effort although has some developing to do. — 4 years ago

Merry Edwards

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Honoring Women Wine makers. Makes one hell of a Sauvignon Blanc. Happy Mother’s Day — 5 years ago

Nicole C. Russo
with Nicole
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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Naked lady wine! Very good
Liz Gresham

Liz Gresham

Sooooo good!!!
Robert Evans Jr

Robert Evans Jr

@Liz Gresham @Nicole C. Russo Liz you guys turned us on to this !!!!!