Far North Spirits

Ramey Wine Cellars

Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

My highest rated and very few and far between cali chard. Really vibrant and powerful pear, crisp apple and citrus. Better palate than very muted aromatics even with a decant. High octane 14.5%. #7 WS of 2020. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Grand Roche

Irancy Chardonnay 2017

Cold climate burgundy from far north Irancy. Quiet but very fresh on first taste, strong roses and violets. Day two acid mellowed and gave way to amarena cherries. Great value if you’ve got the time to let her breathe! — 4 months ago

Couloir Wines

Londer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Basically a perfect Pinot as far as I’m concerned…served with thanksgiving…nose is unbelievable, austere (11yrs), deep dark fruit, awesome — 7 months ago

Domaine Bertrand

Infini moulin à vent Red Blend 2018

Second take on this one. A different take on a good old vines area in moulin à vent with an 18 month oak aging process which is rather found 100 km up north in burgundy.
That oak note is there on the nose but it's discreet and well integrated among cherry and violet notes. The palate is delicious with a big bright cherry fruit shining all along a good acid drive, a good width and some nice matter, making it a fully playful palate. There is some disturbance in the force in mid palate with some subtle tannins kicking in and distupting that nice round mouthfeel we had so far. The finish is made of that nice fruit and those little shivers that started in mid palate. This is a great take on moulin à vent, definitely worth trying
— 8 months ago

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Romain Fitoussi

Romain Fitoussi

Vers le Moulin à Vent et au delà ! 👊

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2019

The first of my small tranche of 2019 Cuvée Reservée’s and I figured it would be fun to share with the Tasting Group. Popped and poured and presented double-blind. The wine pours a translucent, deep ruby with magenta rim, near opaque core, medium+ viscosity. On the nose, the wine was clean with macerated raspberry, cranberry, and pomegranate fruits. There were purple flowers, some black pepper and rocky minerality along with a slightly gamey note which was quite charming. Both the fruit and non-fruit characteristics were confirmed on the palate. The wine finishes dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. There’s a compelling sense of power and energy in this wine. Everyone was in the Rhône but most were in the North; from Saint Joseph to Cornas, citing that they believed this was Syrah. However, two in the group called Châteauneuf du Pape and one actually called producer (!!) but missed on vintage (2016). Universally, the wine was fawned over and the dude who called Pagaü thought he actually favored the 2019 over the 2016 he had a while back. While I’m not sure I would go that far, the 2019 is truly quite stunning already and seems to have the guts to see a very long and wonderful life ahead. These are currently enjoying their customary early drinking window however, that window will likely close within a year or so and then I could see this shutting down pretty hard until 2025 — 2 months ago

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Clos de Gat

Har'El Syrah 2016

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Garnet-tiled, murky, deep dress.Clos de Gat is an area of Judea in Israel. With two hours of aeration, the primary notes, generous very ripe and animal fruits mix well with the notes of aging and spices. We are not far from a Cornas or other wine from the North Rhône with the intensity of the Israeli sun. The notes of evolution go perfectly with the bouquet.

Robe Grenat-tuilé, trouble, profonde.
Clos de Gat est un domaine de Judée en Israël. Avec deux heures d’aération, les notes primaires, généreuses fruits très mûrs et animales se mêlent bien aux notes d’élevage et d’épices. On est pas loin d’un Cornas ou autre vin du Rhône Nord avec l’intensité du soleil d’Israel. Les notes d’évolution se marient à merveille au bouquet.
— 5 months ago

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La Carraia

Solcato Umbria Sangiovese Blend

Umbria baby. This region needs far more attention. It’s not just sagrantino. This wine is simply wow, for the North American palate. Such a shame they’re all wasting time with Lodi cabs. — 9 months ago

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Nickel & Nickel

Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

Nickel & Nickel exclusively produces 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines that express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente. Medium lemon color with aromas of tropical and stone fruit with citrus and toasty oak notes. On the palate flavors of apple, pear and peach, lemon zest, vanilla oak and wet stone notes. Nice balance with tangy acidity on long finish ending with fruit, oak and rich minerality. Classic, very nice! — 3 months ago

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Rivers-Marie

Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.2

After having the 2016 Silver Eagle last year, and the 2016 Summa last month (both of which were drinking fantastic) I wanted to take the Bearwallow for a spin.

I ended up having a small glass of this at pop to make sure it was sound, then poured about half out for some peoppe to try before corking and taking the remaining home to consume about an hour and a half later (so it got a decent amount of air).

This is my first experience with the Bearwallow offering, and it came across as somewhat ripe OR Pinot in profile. The fruit certainly isn’t big or in your face…much more restrained. Underripe black cherry and dark plums on the nose, but mostly in the background behind herbs, spice and dark floral notes. On the palate it is rich (as far as AV fruit goes) but there is a lot of earthy/mineral components, as well as black tea. The last glass was a touch more expressive, but with it being Anderson Valley, I'm not sure the fruit ever bulks up. I wonder if this wine is either meant to hold 7-10yrs, or is just meant for those who want a bridge to OR Pinot.
— 4 months ago

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Shay A

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@Deborah M : Hard to go wrong with anything from Rivers Marie!

@Paul T- Huntington Beach : Ha, I wish. Old Juan Gonzalez ball (Texas Rangers fan here).
Joshua Fisher

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Got the Bearwallow Chardonnay on the list currently
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: I had this bottle last year thinking I was opening the SC. I think it needs a couple more years IMO.

Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco

Rosado Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2019

Off the truck into the freezer & into the glass. Buy a case if you can find it.
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Winery notes, Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They grow all their own grapes in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Rosado is made from Garnacha and white Viura grapes in a typical "clarete" style for which this river valley is justly famous (the vineyards that Muga sources for their popular rosé are not too far away). Bright red berries, juicy blood orange and ripe citrus fruit combine to produce this mouthwatering, delicious rosé. You simply must try this one.
— 9 months ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Right off the truck, no kidding!
Helen Arvanitopoulos

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The description youvr just said has got me salivating