Vince Vigneron

Domaine François Buffet

Clos de la Rougeotte Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2020

Lyle Fass

One of the great monopole/vigneron combos in all of Burgundy. Nose is mega elite. Gorgeous mid season cherries that are so vivid it’s just crazy but then you smell flowers and you’re just like ”whoah, man!” This is a ridiculous nose. Volnay in all of its glory. Some black cherry sneaks in there with some air. Beyond floral. So expansive and complete. Wow that palate is just gorgeous. Amazing dark red cherry fruit and stunning clarity to the fruit. Clamps down on your palate with a vice like intensity where the gamey flavors are also introduced. So much more structured and classic than the 19 which was stunning but more in an ethereal drink me now type of way. Superb complexity and structure. Grippy and sappy. Awesome fruit skin flavors as well and so gamey. Like it’s got hints of Gevrey. Spectacular and needs age. But wow, baby!! I’ll be back as it airs out. This seems like it needs 5-7 years to be drinking well.

As this airs it gets a wonderful baking spice element. Forest floor and so much more. Oh my!

This is so supple now and deep. Sultry and fresh and slippery. Awesome fruit and roundness. Awesome concentration and purity. Really long. So close to a 9.7 and no doubt with age. Tiny berry fruit is brilliant on this.
— 24 days ago

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Pattes Loup (Thomas Pico)

Vent d'Ange Chablis Chardonnay 2015

Assez gras pour un Chablis, j’ai beaucoup aimé, très belle découverte de ce très bon vigneron — 4 years ago

Rene Rostaing

Ampodium Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2010

David T

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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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.

Château Rocher-Gardat

Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

12 months in barrels. Drinking this 2012 in 2020. Nicely aged and peaking now.
90/10 merlot Cab franc.
Small producer @ Vigneron Independent
Well balanced with superb balance of black fruits, subtle oak, earthy undergrowth, mouth feel and acidity. Notes of
blackberry, plum, cherry, earthy, blackcurrant, and black cherry
— 3 years ago

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Cyril Le Moing

Le Ponge Gamay 2015

Robe noire et violette
Nez épicé mûre et gourmand
Bouche ample généreuse avec un peu de gaz et un finale sur la violette et la mûre ultra gourmand et très digeste
Comme toujours avec ce vigneron l équilibre est parfait et pas de déviance pour un vin 100%nature
— 3 years ago

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No Girls Wines

La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2010

NO GIRLS Grenache, La Paciencia Vineyard 2010 (Christophe Baron autographed edition). 14.4% alcohol. No Girls Wines is a collaboration between Cayuse Vineyards' owner and vigneron Christophe Baron and general manager Trevor Dorland. This is a 100% Grenache from the La Paciencia (patience) vineyard. I think it’s right next door to Armada Vineyard which is the source for Cayuse “God Only Knows” Grenache. And like Cayuse, it’s all about those rocks with aromas of wet stone, mushroom, black olives, smoked meats and a hint of lavender. On the palate, berries, cherries, olive tapenade and fresh herbs. There’s an attractive salinity present that I find appealing. Silky texture with a nice, lingering finish of black olives. I find these No Girls wines to be far more approachable than the same vintage Cayuse varietals. And I would say they’re a bit more elegant, as in less in your face than Cayuse. I’m a fan. — 4 years ago

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Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

@TheSkip I need to ask @Bill Bender to start sending me photos to use with my reviews. Perhaps Kate Upton caressing a No Girls bottle?
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If I get that photo I will absolutely share @Roman Sukley !!
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Don’t ever say rocks around Christophe they are not just rocks they are “the stones” I’ll never forget the day I was corrected.

Emmanuel Rouget

Echézeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2009

Robe rubis foncée brillante
Nez assez réservé avec une fruit rouge assez mat et qq notes d épices et de bois mais immédiatement classe et de grand cru de pinot noir .... mais ou?
Bouche dense mais fraîche et cristalline avec un développement en longueur tirant loin quelle énergie
Incroyable pour l année et le vigneron je trouve
Un 95/100 ce soir mais il est très loin d avoir tout donner10 ou 15 le sublimeront
Merci Stef👍👍👍👍
— 3 years ago

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Cave du Vieux-Moulin (Romain Papilloud)

Grand Cru Amigne de Vetroz 2016

Color : White
Wine estate : Romain Papilloud
Designation : Vétroz (AOC Valais)
Name : Amigne Grand Cru de Vétroz
Country : Switzerland
Vivino : 4/5
Note : Romain Papilloud, self-made-man, became a winemaker in 1979 and owner in 1987. The majority of his vineyard is located in Vétroz (Valais, Switzerland). We will observe on the top of the bottle 1 to 3 bees which represents the sugar content (A bee means 0 to 8 grams).
With a yellow robe, the nose of this amine is rich with flavors of citrus (tangerine) and honey. On the palate, a beautiful structure with apricot flavors and a delicacy in the end.
Romain Papilloud, autodidacte, devient vigneron en 1979 et propriétaire en 1987. La majorité de son vignoble est situé à Vétroz (Valais, Suisse). On observera sur le haut de la bouteille 1 à 3 abeilles qui représente la teneur en sucre (Une abeille signifie 0 à 8 grammes).
Avec une robe jaune, le nez de cette amigne est riche avec des saveurs d’agrumes (mandarine) et de miel. En bouche, une belle structure avec des saveurs d’abricot et une gourmandise en final.
👍🏻Vivino, FB : GabWine | IG : gabriel_dvl 🥂
— 4 years ago

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Domaine Servin

Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2014

Getting prepped to go out for another gem - Boka. Delicious start to our evening. Wine not mature yet but 14s rock and this one really shines. Vigneron Domaine Servin — 5 years ago

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I Vigneri di Salvo Foti

Vinupetra Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Blend 2002

Giampiero Nadali

Volcanic velvet. It’s hard to say more about this gorgeous balance and elegant roundness. After so many years, this 2002 vintage shows how skilled as a vigneron is Salvo Foti. — 5 years ago

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