Featured User: Isaac Pirolo

Isaac grew up in South Louisiana and is a graduate of LSU (Geaux Tigers!). In 2009, when the economic crisis was mounting and China’s demand for Bordeaux was surging, he quit his job and traveled the country in search of the world's rarest wines, visiting over 10,000 wine retail shops in pursuit of bottles to bring to auction in San Francisco and Hong Kong. Along the way, he also created a private client, trusted curation wine service. In March, Isaac made the decision to pursue his longtime dream of living and working in Wine Country by joining Theorem Vineyards on Diamond Mountain as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Isaac: My epiphany wine was a late nineties Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. I could vividly taste the jalapeño. As a college student, that blew my mind. Most significant, though, were the wines of Thomas Rivers Brown, specifically Rivers-Marie and Theorem Vineyards. Not only did they spark my passion, but I was also so moved by them that I decided to pick up and move to the Napa Valley. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? I: It’s not a region, but recently I’ve become fascinated by Volcanic Wines… as in, from vines growing on active volcanoes. Tenuta Delle Terre Nere’s Guardiola from the north face of Mount Etna is killer. I’m really bummed that I just missed the 1st Annual International Volcanic Wine Conference a few weeks ago in NYC. D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? I: Jean-Louis Tribouley’s Elepolypossum from 2011. It’s 100% Carignan from Roussillon and the best expression of brett that I’ve ever experienced. It was like drinking a really good stinky cheese. D: What is your golden rule for wine? I: Wine should always be presented in its best light. While you can’t always control whether the wine you’re about to drink will be good or bad, you can control a number of variables, including optimal serving temperature, appropriate decanting time, and that it’s tasted from polished glasses. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? I: Whatever happens to be the latest creation of Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Louisiana. D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine. I: Some of my recent favorites have included Buena Vista Social Club with older vintages of Faustino I Gran Reserva, and David Bowie with Chassagne-Montrachet. D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? I: There’s no question. Unequivocally, I am Champagne.

Banfi

Summus Super Tuscan Blend 2011

The 2011 SummuS from Castello Banfi is an estate-grown Super Tuscan comprised of 40% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Syrah. Its name SummuS is Latin for “The Summit.” The wine glows red, but with an inky density, and an aromatic intensity to match. Black cherry, blueberry, and plum meet tobacco, licorice, and vanilla in a notably chewy style. The healthy backbone of tannin is buoyed by an ample level of acidity that contributes to both its massive structure and the balance that helps conceal it. That balance intensifies its secondary notes of chocolate, underbrush, cedar, violets, and stony earth, along with providing a vibrancy that allows it to stand out. — a year ago

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Thank you!! @David T It looks like I’m in good company!
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@Isaac Pirolo Isaac great feature article on you Cheers 🍷
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@Phil A Thank you! So honored!

Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Old school mountain fruit Napa Cabernet. 2012 was the last vintage made by Bob Travers, who owned Mayacamas from 1968 until his retirement in 2013. Potent aromatics of pencil lead and shavings, black cherry, currant, and blackberry, with a pungent mix of herbs, clay pot, and flowers. A lively balance of fruit, acid and tannin on the palate. It’s still a baby, but more approachable than I had expected. Classic. — a year ago

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Here’s the piece: http://www.vinography.com/archives/2016/03/mayacamas_is_going_to_be_fine_.html
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Cool. Will check it out.
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@Isaac Pirolo - Very nice profile on you!

McGah Family Cellars

Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

My infatuation. Totally smitten. Intoxicatingly rich, dark fruit, crème de cassis, and a generous seasoning of cocoa powder with vanilla, but her pièce de résistance is a savory streak of petrichor that leaves me completely enamored. — a year ago

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Nice photo work.
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@David T She was the photogenic one...

Novelty Hill

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Novelty Hill borrows from the ancient Latin phrase In Novale Novello, “in virgin ground I plant young vines,” for its name. I didn’t realize that there aren’t vines on the actual Novelty Hill in Washington (located about 5 miles east of Redmond). Oh well, so much for my Hill vs Hill face-off with Pritchard Hill’s Bryant Family. This 2014 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon talks some serious smack, and even brings a serious punch, but that would have been Go-Karts vs Formula One. That said, this is one hell of a Go-Kart. In the low $20s, my first comparison is to Charles Smith’s Substance Cs, and this blows the doors off that wine, and more than justifies its slightly higher price-point. Jumps out of the glass with black cherry, cassis, mocha, licorice, and a heavily spiced cranberry potpourri, while still managing to weave in a savory undertone that emphasizes the noticeable balance. Washington offers extraordinary value across the board, but this is a value even by Washington standards. 92+ — a year ago

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Wow. And I really like Cs!
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@TheSkip Seek this out. I’m curious what you’d think about it.
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Me too @TheSkip meeee toooooo! C’s are the best.

Austin Hope Winery

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

After Austin Hope’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles received a blowout score, I knew it was just a matter of time before I tasted it. I think I likened their 2014 Treana (75% Cab, 25% Syrah) to Margot Robbie baking blackberry pie in your kitchen, so expectations were high. Needs about 45 minutes. Blackberry, balsamic, smoked mesquite, and a noticeable dollop of vanilla and allspice, with an herbaceous edge that lacks the savoriness that would have taken this from good to great. There will be no debate that its style is that of a new world, hedonistic fruit bomb. There should be some debate over whether or not they should include Syrah with their Cab... I still prefer their Treana, but there will certainly be others who prefer their straight Cabernet Sauvignon. — a year ago

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Good review. What a shame Margot Robbie isn't on delectable (maybe she is?)

Constant

Diamond Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

According to Constant, Diamond Mountain Vineyard may be the highest (2121’), oldest (1895) vineyard, and smallest winery in Napa Valley. 987 cases of their 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon were released, which also includes small of amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Needed almost an hour before the evolution would begin, and then it started, adding weight and potency. Cherry pipe tobacco, saddle leather, 70% cacao, pencil lead, cedar and damp earth with some secondary floral and herbal notes. Another decade ahead for this gem. ♦️ — a year ago

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@Isaac Pirolo 2007 was a classic Napa vintage Cheers 🍷
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Nice imagery.