Altitudes

Tenuta San Francesco

Tramonti Costa d'Amalfi White Blend

Falanghina, Biancolella and Pepella grapes. Grown with altitudes of up to 600 meters above sea at amalfi coast, wide temperature ranges and manually harvesting.
Dazu: Risotto al Limone - Artischocke - Wilder Thymian / Zicklein - Myrte - Zitrone / Cime di rapa
— 5 months ago

Zolo

Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The kinda backwards wine you drink when your household grows from 4 to 7 within a day with the majority of those creatures having four legs. This wine will take you to altitudes you need to go when trying to acclimate to your new surrounds by giving you a burst of fruity ambiance notably resembling sweet raspberries and black fruits, yet smokey enough to remind you of your age. Highly recommend during these kinds of dark days, stay thirsty my friends. — 2 years ago

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San Huberto

Cabernet Syrah 2015

I’m beginning to enjoy the other varietals (than Malbec) produces in these Argentine Andean souls at high altitudes more and more. This 70% Cab / 30% Syrah blend is a lovely example of a refined mix giving intense new world character with the subtleties of old world wine making. The terroir comes thru in notes of gravel and rosemary. The fruit is big but it mildly dissipates in a most pleasant way. Drank it with a cheesy vegetable casserole with mushrooms and herbed garlic tomato sauce base... a great pairing! — 4 years ago

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Ixsir

Altitudes IXSIR Rosé Blend 2015

Brought this one back from Beirut. Very nice Lebanese rosé made from Syrah, Cinsault, and Caladoc (which is apparently a cross between Grenache and Malbec). Bought for roughly $13 and well worth it. — 5 years ago

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Ixsir

Altitudes IXSIR Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

This amazing blend is black cherry in color with subtle hues of amethyst. The bouquet is full of blackberries, currants and vanilla. A dash of oak with plenty of blackcurrants and ripe blackberries to boot! Smooth on the take with a complex finish! A must have!! — 6 months ago

Altitudes

Côtes Du Roussillon Grenache Blend 2017

John Howard
9.0

Surprisingly well balanced and a great value. Definitely taste the syrah and carignan. — 2 years ago

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Girolamo Russo

'a Rina Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese - Nerello Cappuccio 2016

Girolamo Russo “a’Rina” 2016 Etna Rosso 🇮🇹 $25

Nerello Mascalese (94%) and Nerello Cappuccio are the yin and yang of red grapes that grow exceedingly well in the wild and high altitude clime atop the Sicilian volcano #MountEtna.

A hell of a bargain at about $25 as this crushes most Bourgogne/Hautes-Cotes under $50 and would give pricier versions a run for their money. It is also more complex now and ready to consume when compared to many similarly priced, well made “Langhe” Nebbiolo wines. From the @coravin this was ready to go and opened up well with 10-15 minutes in the glass.

A youthful medium ruby color, fairly transparent. The nose suggests to me a red Burgundy, possibly a Beaune or Chassagne-Montrachet red from the wildness of the Etna character. A deep underpinning of rocky minerality, hints of ash, rose petal and purple florals, with dabs of red cherry and red plum fruit, sweet spices with hints of old leather jacket and unsmoked pipe tobacco. The palate is juicy and fresh, with refined, silky, ripe tannin that are youthfully firm. Excellent density and persistence, but light as a feather. Medium+ on the finish.

Etna red wines are commonly described as having similarities to nebbiolo from Piedmonte and pinot noir from Burgundy. There are for sure some similarities, but make no mistake that Etna wines, when made well, refract the wild and volcanic Etna terroir well and are genuine in their own right. •
The complex volcanic soils of Etna, combined with some of the highest elevations for vineyards in Europe at 3,000+ feet, can produce wines with immense complexity and freshness. A sense if refinement comes across in the density without excessive weight, allowing for transparency of terroir. Most vines are trained in the traditional bush-vine method, which works well in the rocky soils that see a lot of wind and sunlight at these high altitudes.

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— 3 years ago

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James Forsyth

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Terrific tasting note. Nailed it.
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Thanks James! 🤜🏼

Weingut Leon Gold

Spätburgunder Wanne 2015

Pinot in a Riesling bottle! The Winery is close to Stuttgart less than 20 Miles from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in Württemberg/Germany. There is a ton of fruit in this, quite dark. More Oregon than Burgundy. Super elegant. Tannins fully resolved. Dark cherries, hint blueberries and crushed marble, touch orange juice. Drink now. Given the diversity of terroir altitudes/mountains and different styles and affordability Germany is now in my opinion the leader in Pinot Noir and this is another prime example. Lyle when will you get a Pinot from the Ahr grown on Slate? — 9 months ago

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Lyle Fass

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Have a new slate Pinot producer coming soon. Not ahr. Mosel!

Familia Zuccardi

Concreto Mendoza Malbec 2015

1st of 3 Mendoza Malbecs for NYT Wine School. Uco Valley, high altitudes, calcarean soil, fermented in concrete eggs. Medium/deep purple, blackberry and mint on the nose. Blackberry, plum, boysenberry, mint, pepper, and minerals on the palate. Needed a lot of time to open up. Some alcohol burn. It’s good and well made but doesn’t change my overall impression that Malbecs are kind of boring. — 2 years ago

Geórgos

"Farmer" IOS Aphrodite Kiss Rosé Blend 2016

The color of this rosé is almost like bourbon, a nearly burnt orange that tends more to brown.  It doesn't look much like rosé, and it doesn't smell that way, either.  First whiff, I get an earthiness that borders on foxiness, as in wines made from North American grape varieties.  Strawberry with an intense mineral overlay takes over.  The palate offers plenty of cheerful fruit and earthy minerals but little acidity, which is reportedly an issue with Agiorgitiko grown in lower altitudes.  Ios is not what most American consumers would expect in a rosé, but more adventurous souls won't be disappointed — 4 years ago

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