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Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

Even though I’m a big fan of Ferren’s Frei Rd Chardonnay, this was my first Frei Rd Pinot.

Not sure of normal experiences here, but the richness here seems to fall in between Rivers Marie (love) and Aubert (just so so for me). Darker color in the glass…bit of a purple tinge to it. Aromatically it sports potpourri, violets, underripe black cherries, underripe blue fruit and some cedar. Initially, the front palate seems like it will be heavy based on all of the flavors but it turns really elegant. Dark chocolate, a slight roasted character, and spicy fruits. With RM, I get that orange zest note, and with Aubert, I get more alcohol and kirsch. My in between note here is more ripe pomegranate than either of the others. These probably need 5-7yrs from vintage to be in a good spot. Followed over two days and stayed consistent.
— 16 days ago

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@Bryan Kesting : I think there is some confusion. @David L ‘s comment was for the Chardonnay, but my post was for the Pinot. I definitely think the pinots need about 7yrs as this one at 5yrs was young! Or maybe everyone is wanting to discuss the chard!
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Sorry for the confusion. I personally feel the 7 year mark is best for both the Pinot and Chardonnay…generally speaking. Im sure it also depend on vintage. My opinion.
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@Bryan Kesting : Ah, got it. I haven’t had the Frei chard with that much age, but it sure was good at 4-5yrs, however, definitely young. I’ll do my best to hold a bottle.

Martin Ray

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019

Pale ruby color. Aromas of raspberry, candied orange peel and violets. Bright, red fruit, herbs and black tea. What a vino!
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🥇 94 Points - James Suckling
— a month ago

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Cheers! Happy weekend!🍷

Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

A bit of a shock to the system for the Burgundian palate. But nice to change it up sometimes! Massively concentrated and pretty opulent to me, but there is a line of racy acidity that balances its weighty texture and full body. It‘s intensely flavored and layered with stone fruit, butterscotch, hazelnuts and hints of burnt orange and marzipan on the finish. A finish which goes on forever. The wine seems to pick up a presence of alcohol over time. Either that or it could have been that dessert altered my palate by the end of the meal. Either way, very enjoyable and always a nice treat to have arguably our country’s best Chard, but for the most part, I‘ll stick to Burgundy 🙃 — 2 months ago

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Amazing they still haven’t released any 2013s to their members.
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@Shay A I did hear that!

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Cheers to the wines of South Africa 🇿🇦

This Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir is unique in that the grapes used to produce it primarily came, not from Hamilton Russell vineyards, but rather from neighboring vignerons.

Hamilton Russell made this unprecedented decision in the aftermath of devastating wild fires that imparted smoke taint to its estate-grown grapes. Unwilling to compromise on quality, I applaud Hamilton Russell for its tenacity and willingness to forge ahead to create this delicious Pinot Noir for its customers. 👏👏👏

This wine is comprised of fruit hailing from three different Hemel-en-Aarde (aptly meaning “heaven and earth”) Wards within the Walker Bay District, in the Cape South Coast Region of South Africa’s Western Cape.

This wine is a reflection of community, camaraderie, and commitment to excellence.❤️

👁 It is medium ruby with pale fuchsia rim variation.

👃 On the nose this wine has a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb preserves, violet, dried orange peel, white pepper, star anise, clove, and nutmeg.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium finish.

Hamilton Russell, Pinot Noir, Walker Bay, ABV 13.5%. Vintage 2019.
— 23 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin Noted! Will reach out ☺️
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@Vanessa i love South African wines! My brother is traveling there at the end of the year (though he’s in Nairobi right now) I hope to get some nice ones brought back for me!
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@Sharon B That is so cool! You’ll have to post about them. I would love to visit wine country in South Africa 🇿🇦 someday!

Rivers-Marie

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

I had a disappointing experience with the 2017 a few months back (I think it was in a dumb phase, because these are normally delicious), and wanted to see how the 2016 fared. I also wanted to compare my GlasVin aromatic burg glass with my new Grassl Cru burg glass.

Classic RM SE wine here. At five years, it’s still voluptuous and rich enough to play to those who enjoy the bigger style but has plenty of acidity and snap on the palate to cater to those who prefer more restraint. It does have some signature blood orange both aromatically and on the palate, along with spice, dark floral tones/potpourri and rich black cherry. Whereas the 2017 showed more cola and menthol, I don’t get that at all here. Bright and lifted overall profile. Quite delicious and will be easily for another 5+yrs.

As an aside, the Grassl Cru glass has a much more narrow rim and makes the aromatics more concentrated than the GlasVin. They both drank similarly. Maybe Grassl for more lean/true burgundy pinots that may need concentration and GlasVin for new world/bigger style pinots since they don’t need as much help in the aromatic department.
— 2 months ago

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Tobin Spratte

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I ran into an RM Summa Vineyard at the shop today. I blame you for my purchasing it. It's a 2018, so sounds like it needs cellar time. What say you?
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@Tobin Spratte : Happy to be the reason of your purchase! Not sure what you paid, but the Summa, Summa OV, Occidental and Silver Eagle wines are no brainer wines every year. I’d definitely hold that Summa a few years.
Tobin Spratte

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@Shay A the shop had only one case so I had to jump on it. $85. My philosophy is if you pay over $60 for a young red wine, you probably should cellar it. I made the mistake of opening a Pisoni too soon. It was good but not anywhere close to its potential.

Espinosa Vineyards

Tinto 2016

Inky color. Very aromatic, nose of dark fruit and spice, vanilla. Taste matches the nose - dark fruit, little spicy. Full finish. Very impressive. — 23 days ago

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Scotty-Boy!

Uno Numero Grenache Blanc Blend 2020

Classic intense orange wine. — 3 days ago

Los Pilares

San Diego County Grenache 2020

Light, nice wine. Really changes as it opens up. Serve with a slight chill for maximum deliciousness! — a month ago

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Sandhi, Sanford & Benedict, Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir, 2016, ABV 13.5%.

This Pinot Noir comes from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County in the Central Coast region of California. Despite California having generally a Mediterranean climate, due to its westerly location, Sta. Rita Hills AVA receives cooling maritime and fog influences from the Pacific Ocean, aiding in the preservation of acidity, lending balance, finesse, and elegance to the resulting wine.

This wine is medium ruby with a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb, orange peel, violet, tulip, mint, wet stone, white pepper, secondary notes of nutmeg, and tertiary notes of earth and wet leaves.

On the palate this wine is dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, delicate tannin, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.

This is a beautiful wine with a strong fruit character and expression. It is well-balanced and offers concentrated aromatics and flavors and nice complexity.
— 2 months ago

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Lo-Fi

Fronte Negotium Otium Tergo Clos Mullet Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015

Fruit forward with key notes of cranberry and orange peel. Beautifully soft mouth feel with just a touch of dryness on the finish to give it just a bit of structure or complexity. Great food wine. Had it with braised beef short rib. Delicious. Will buy this wine again if I can get my hands on it. — 2 months ago

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