Terlato Vineyards

Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

2017 vintage. Agree with Jeff Miller – it tastes light, but pretty good.  — 3 months ago

Kerry Romesburg
with Kerry

Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Honest Red Blend 2020

Plums, smoke, cherries. Nice and full and bold. — 9 months ago

Pio Cesare

Ornato Barolo Nebbiolo 1982

Cascina Ornato is located in the southern portion of Serralunga d’Alba, right along the ridge. The elevation is higher here and the Ornato MGA falls to the west and south from there. Ornato is nearly a monopole for Pio Cesare would it not be for a couple of parcels that are controlled by Palladino. This bottle of the 1982 was generously provided from the cellar of a good friend; it was opened and enjoyed over two days. On Day 1, half the bottle was poured into a decanter and served immediately. The color was a slightly hazy garnet with an orange rim. On the nose and the palate, the wine came across rather tired. It wasn’t dead…and it definitely wasn’t vinegar, it just was...a bit dull. Since there were other wines open that were showing very well, we let it sit. At the end of the night, we poured what was left back into the bottle and I elected to take it home; hoping that it might wake up overnight. On Day 2, the wine had transformed. The color had deepened and everything had brightened up! The nose is loaded with tar, desiccated red fruits, sweet pipe tobacco accompanied by porchini, forest floor and dried, cracked leather ball glove…like after pitching 6 innings of baseball in the middle of July (IYKYK). On the palate, the wine is dry with surprisingly vigorous structure! The tannins are more pronounced than they were the day before and there’s also great acid to give everything a buoyant lift and some youthful energy. The fruit and non-fruit notes from the nose are confirmed with an added element of red rope licorice. Somehow, this is younger today than it was yesterday. At forty years old, this bottle clearly needed time to stretch its legs. Drink now with several hours of air but remarkably well-cellared examples could last for many more years. An illuminating experience in so many ways!

Something worth noting: Pio Cesare did not begin bottling single-cru Barolo “Oranato” until 1985. Curiously, this bottle was labeled “Vino da Tavola del Piemonte”. I reached out to Pio Cesare in hopes of getting some additional information and they were very kind to share some helpful detail. It turns out this bottling was an idea from their former importer, Terlato, with grapes for this wine sourced by Cascina Ornato. It was a traditional blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera! A long time ago they had a small amount of Barbera planted there. Now, Ornato is more or less 100% Nebbiolo. The “Vino da Tavola del Piemonte” was a sort of predecessor to the “Langhe Rosso” designation since there were not many appellations back in those days. The more you know!
— a year ago

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Great review@Jay Kline & extra cred for baseball metaphor!
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@Peter Sultan ha! Thank you!
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Wow, fantastic review mate!🙏

Terlato Vineyards

Paso d'Oro Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Good nose, red fruit, basil, lanvendar. Lighrer bodied on the tongue that the aroma would indicate. — 4 months ago

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier

Lieu Dit Malakoff Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

Wednesday random cellar pick. Good. Was expecting some sharpness but there was none. Super smooth and enjoyable. This is the easy drinking kind of wine I like to pair with Italian food. — 7 months ago

Terlato and Domaine Chapoutier

L-Block Shiraz 2015

Better than S but just slightly — a year ago

Terlato Vineyards

Estate Bottled Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio

Citrus and green apple are the dominant notes, above average acidity. — 2 years ago

Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Red Blend Aged in Bourbon Barrels for 6 Months 2020

Classic Zinfandel aged in charred bourbon barrels. Dark purple (almost black) color. Aromas of black cherry, cola and Smokey vanilla. Bold dark berry fruit on the palate with bright notes of baking spices and vanilla. The finish is quite long and the tannins quite soft. Juicy and rich. Great accompaniment to smoked meats, especially the Armadillo eggs Mark S served with this wine. Thanks for sharing, Mark. — 6 months ago

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Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Limited Edition Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Birthday America! 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙 — a year ago

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Tom Garland

Tom Garland

Fun festive glass. Cheers!


Happy 4th!🇺🇲 Cool glass!