Quartz Reef

Domaine Roy & fils

Quartz Acorn Vineyard 2017

We took this bottle home from the tasting room several years ago and have been waiting for a good time to open. Wow! Definitely one of the best chards we’ve ever had. Bottle of the year at this point. — 18 days ago

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Chris Gorgone

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Nicely done sir. Glad you popped it versus waiting. Life is short!


Composition Chardonnay 2012

Not as good as the mind blowing Quartz. Unripe fig, pineapple, white flowers. — 4 years ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2014

Another vintage of one of my favorite value-driven CA Chardonnays! Jim Clendenen is truly a Chardonnay master. Reflects its California sunshine in its ripe fruit but is absolutely not lacking in finesse, subtlety, or freshness. Pours a pale gold hue. Moderately concentrated nose of ripe yellow apple, starfruit, and honeydew melon, struck flint and quartz minerality, a slightly bitter floral character reminiscent of dogwood tree flowers, a bit of leesy hard cheese rind character, fresh heavy cream, and a bit of nutmeg and coconut shavings from the deftly-applied portion of new oak. Palate shows very similar to the nose in terms of flavor. Medium (+) acid, dry, medium (-) to medium body with great oily, soft texture from oak, lees aging and ML. This is my go to wine to demonstrate to some people that not all CA Chardonnays are overripe, flabby, butter-and-barrel-char bombs with no subtlety or restraint. — 5 years ago

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Evan Bienstock

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Nice note. Thanks.

Rose Quartz

Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

Really nice rose. Good acidity, strawberries, stone fruit, limestone, and some watermelon on the finish. Great with pizza! — 17 days ago


Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Pinot Noir Elliott is a deep, dense wine, but always within the context of the Ceritas Pinots. There’s real depth and gravitas here, tempered by a style that seeks finesse more than power. Small clusters and small berries on a site rich in blue schist and quartz yield a distinctive Pinot built on resonance and power. Clean mineral notes support the bracing finish. The 60% whole clusters are very nicely balanced. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2022)
— 2 months ago

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Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils

Valmur Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay

2016, probably the best Chablis I have ever had, quintessential, so much tension that I swear the glass was vibrating. Taut quartz crystal, brine, lemon peel, ginger, with whispers of orange rind and honeyed almonds. Met winemaker/ owner Fabian who believes this vintage will peak in 5 years. Great in its infancy Si can only hope to try it as it ages. — 5 years ago

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Blai Ferré Just

Billo Priorat Red Blend 2015

Black plums, raspberry, cured meats, cayenne pepper amd wet stones. A complex blend with fuller body, chalky tannins and a fresh natural acidity. Priorats slate/quartz soils shine through in this wine. — 5 years ago

Le Clos du Caillou / Domaine du Caillou

Les Quartz Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2015

Terrific value at $30. This village is within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape growing zone but in 1936 they refused to join the AOC.  — a month ago

Bodega y Viñedos Akilia

K Bierzo Palomino 2017

Fresh, mineral-driven blend of Palomino Fino and Doña Blanca from 115 year old vines from Valdesacia, a tiny parcel at an elevation of 750m on sandy soils over a bedrock of quartz and schist. Very dry. Good acidity. — 3 years ago

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Rene Rostaing

Ampodium Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2010

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2010 was a very good vintage in Rhône. Rostaing is a well know producer with people that know and drink Northern Rhône wines, not so much with others that do not. The Ampodium is the entry level into Rene & Pierre Rostaing wines. It is a blend of 13 vineyards in Northern Rhône. They are simply one of the very best producers in the region. I spent an afternoon with Rene & his son Pierre tasting in the their cellar and in their La Landonne vineyard as shown in the photos. The 2010 is drinking beautifully with many good years ahead. On the nose; ripe & slightly stewed/baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, creamy raspberries, stewed plum, black raspberries, cherries, steeped fruit tea, dry crushed rocks, iron pan, some white & black pepper, bacon fat, grilled savory meats, pork, black licorice, black cherry cola, decayed & fresh red florals with violets. The body is round and medium full. The tannins round, still a little chewy & around 55% resolved. The length, texture, tension and balance are in near perfect harmony. The fruits are; round, ruby & ripe; slightly stewed/baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, creamy raspberries, stewed plum, black raspberries & cherries. Steeped fruit tea, dry crushed rocks, chalky minerals, iron pan, coffee grounds, spice, some baking spices w/hints of vanilla, white & black pepper, drying blood, dry herbs/bay leaf, dry stems, moderate levels of bacon fat & pork, grilled savory meats, black licorice, black cherry cola, decayed & fresh red florals with fresh violets for days. The acidly is round and dripping. The long finish is plush, velvety delicious and lasts & lasts. In good vintages, I would put this in blind with the best of of the best new world wines from any vintage that many love; SQN, Booker, Saxum, Alban, Cayuse, Horsepower etc.. I’d bet most of you would pick it over these producers that cost much more $$$. It’s simply one of the best pound for pound wines/producers for this varietal. Especially, for the $$$. Wow, what a wine for the $. $55 upon release. Photos of; Winemaker Pierre Rostaing and our group in their La Landonne vineyard, the small sign that barely identifies their Estate, an example of the Quartz mineral that runs throughout their La Landonne vineyard and the view back onto the river from the top of the very steep La Landonne Vineyard. Producer notes and history...Rene Rostaing produced their first wine in 1971. However, it took almost three decades before wine became a full time occupation for Rene Rostaing. Domaine Rene Rostaing came about through marriage. The wife of Rene Rostaing was the daughter of the famed Cote Rotie grower, Albert Dervieux, and the niece of Marius Gentaz-Dervieux who gave Christine the vineyard land that became the Northern Rhone estate for Rene Rostaing. Through inheritance from Albert Dervieux Thaize (his father-in-law) who retired in 1990, and from Marius Gentaz Dervieux, his uncle, Rene Rostaing expanded his holdings, giving him some of the best terroir in Cote Rotie. The new vineyard land was basically 3 small parcels in the La Landonne, Cote Brune and Vialliere lieux-dits. This initial expansion from his initial tiny parcel, allowed Rene Rostaing to change careers and become a full time vigneron. Since 2007, the estate has managed by Pierre Rostaing, (son) of Rene Rostaing. Currently Rene Rostaing owns 7.5 hectares of vines that is spread out among 20 different parcels located in 14 locations. Perhaps the most celebrated vines of Rene Rostaing are the 1.6 hectares of vines they own in the La Landonne vineyard (photo). On La Landonne, the vines are more than 60 years old. Some vines are even close to 100 years of age! Those are his largest holdings. The smallest vineyards of Rene Rostaing are located on Cote Blonde. Rene Rostaing also has vines planted in; Fonjean, La Vialliere, Le Plomb, Bouchare, Leyat, La Roche and La Tupin. Their oldest vines are more than 70 years old and are used for Rene Rostaing Cote Blonde. The majority of those plantings are on the steep hillsides with mica, schist and rocky soils. 25% of those vines are closer to the bottom of the slopes and on the flats. Rene Rostaing remains a traditional Cote Rotie producer who is not among the last to harvest. His wines are aged using very little new, French oak barrels. On average, Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie are aged in about 10% new French oak barrels. Rene Rostaing produces 4 different Cote Rotie wines. Rene Rostaing Ampodium, which was previously known as Rostaing Cuvee Classique, is a blend of 13 sections of different vineyards, but it does not include their best holdings on La Landonne or Cote Blonde. The fruit for Rene Rostaing Ampodium has at least 40% or more of the stems removed and run between 12-13.5% abv. The wine is usually made from 100% Syrah and is aged in an average of 15% to 25% new, French oak barrels. The amount of new oak can be less, depending on the character of the vintage. About 1,750 cases are produced each year. The wine is no longer called Cuvee Classique, the name was changed to Rene Rostaing Ampodium with the 2009 vintage. Rene Rostaing La Landonne comes from a terroir consisting of sands with iron oxide and traces of quartz. This wine is always produced from 100% Syrah. The grapes are partially destemmed, with about 10% to 20% of the stems removed, depending on the vintage. There are vintages when no destemming takes place. The remainder of the grapes are whole bunch fermented in stainless steel vats. Rene Rostaing is not a believer of using too much new oak for the aging, which on average uses 10% new, French oak barrels and the remainder of the harvest is aged in demi-muids (600 liter) and French oak barrels. This wine is like most wines from La Landonne, masculine and meaty in character, requiring at least a decade to soften and develop. On average, Rene Rostaing La Landonne produces less than 600 cases depending on what the vintage delivers. Rene Rostaing Cote Blonde is perhaps his best. It’s produced from a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. The grapes are co-fermented. The vineyards is planted in the region call Arzel. Arzel is a poor, mineral laden soil with deposits of Silex and Mica on a steep hillside. The vines are more than 50 years of age. The grapes are partially destemmed…35% to 50% of the stems are removed. The remainder of the grapes are whole bunch fermented in stainless steel vats.
The remainder of the harvest is aged in demi-muids. This one is the hardest to find and most collectible of all their wines. In fact, they only produce close to an average of 350 cases of Cote Rotie in most vintages. Rene Rostaing Cote Brune made its debut with the 2013 vintage. The vines were once part of the holdings of Marius Gentaz, which eventually passed to Rene Rostaing. Rostaing replanted those vines in 2000. Made from 100% Syrah.
— 4 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yum, iron pan is my favorite. 😜 Thanks, as always for the notes.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Is this considered cold climate or warm climate?
David T

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It is a warm climate.