Celler Credo

Cap Ficat Xarel-lo 2016

#naturalwine made from 75yo Xarello Vines. Slight cider vibe, with remnants of banana runts, ginger, and flowers. — a day ago

Domaine Jean Michel Stéphan

Coteau de Bassenon Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2013

Mason Balistreri

Cool label, but can you explain what the hell "sérine" is? Apparently it's some tight clustered Syrah clone that's both "highly precise" and "vulnerable to disease". Sounds risky... Especially considering this comes from the frighteningly steep terraces of Cote Rotie. Not only that, but the wines were made without new oak or sulfur. He also picks early and uses some amount of carbonic maceration. Jean Michel Stephan uses to work for Guigal, but I guess he must of learned "what not to do" instead of mimicking the style.

The intensity is beyond belief! Cote Rotie is already aromatic, but this is amplified by the carbonic quality. Further, there's a large amount of Viognier here too, which lends a bright tropical punch in the midst of classic Syrah notes (tapenade? meatiness?). There's some similarity to the Matthieu Barret Cornas I just drank, but this has far more clarity in the aromatics - a quality both important and underrated. So striking here are the aromatics, it's hard to even move on to actually tasting the wine - but once you do, it surprises again.

This wine's balance is very strange... No oak, but the high acidity is tapered by carbonic maceration. It's soft, but lean at the same time. There's a slight oily texture which might be from the Viognier, but it's counter balanced by an amazing display of fresh fruit. Raspberry, pear, black cherry, and even pineapple. From the nose to the mid palate it's an exhilarating wine., but the finish is noticeably abrupt. The tannins are tart and bitter like the skin of an under ripe plum. Aesthetically it works. From the nose all the way into the mid palate, this wine is so "over-the-top" that a sudden, unexpected bitterness comes across as a moment of clarity instead of disappointment.

I highly recommend the wine. I hope to taste other vintages and bottlings.

#syrah #naturalwine #coterotie #northernrhone #jeanmichelstephan #syrah #biodynamic #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley
— a year ago

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@jordanwardlaw Thanks for the idea! It's been awhile since I've had texier's wines. I usually really liked them and I know he is a big natural wine guy too.


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Nice write-up

Three Wine Company

Old Vines Field Blend Contra Costa County Red Blend 2010

Super purple, dark berries and violet, and sweet spice. Rich finish, moderate tannins. #naturalwine #moorebrothers $20 — a year ago

Sass Winery

Unfiltered Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Mason Balistreri

Sass is always one of my favorites for the price but I hadn't tried this vintage yet. As always, the fruit is ultra bright and expressive. There's no doubt about it, this has that natural wine vibe to it. Slight VA makes the aroma explode out of the glass... raspberry, blackberry and sour cherry. It's very lifted and lively. Slightly hot and the fruit is maybe a touch astringent. Structurally, this wine lacks delineation but it's delicious anyways. It's a different take and a more honest wine than most in the price bracket. Last time I talked to Jerry Sass he told me he was using less and less so2. Very cool.

— a year ago

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Johannes Zillinger

Reflexion Lage Lissen Sauvignon Blanc

Plum-earth-and-smoked oyster. With bar eraser and cherry-comb. Floral bouquet of roses, geraniums and violet. Medium palate of bitter orange and baked dry beet. Plumminess dives and resurfaces in this natural wine. Like the fabled Austrian dolphin. #naturalwine #naturslwines #reflexion #sanktlaurent #austrianwine #niederösterreich #austrian — a year ago


Nature Pur Terroir Monção e Melgaço Alvarinho 2016

Mason Balistreri

Holy shit. Natural. NO SULFITES. Unfiltered. Tastes like homemade lemonade, fresh honey and orange blossom. Acidity is something special here with crazy texture. Cloudy as hell, but tastes clean and refreshing like fresh squeezed juice. Good body and just pleasantly bitter like the citrus pith. Not far off from Sicilian skin fermented muscat to be honest. 🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹

#Soalheiro #Alvarinho #nosulfites #naturalwine #PortugueseWine #PortugueseNaturalWine
— a year ago

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Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

Mason Balistreri

No one in Colorado drinks more Pax than I do. From the "glou-glou" Wind Gap label to the 100 point Hillside Syrah, I love these wines. My favorite vineyard is Griffin's Lair and I think I've had every single vintage. The older bottles can be quite big, intense; while some of the newest have converged toward the leaner Wind Gap style, but either way the terroir has always shined through any stylistic trappings to reveal some of the best Syrah in California.

This 2012 is a perfect example of just how good it can get. More "Cornas" than "Cote Rotie", it's not as elegant as the most famous French Syrahs, but it doesn't have to be! Instead, the power is simply stunning. There's absolutely no fat. No extra ripeness. No over blown oak. No decadent opulence or gimmicky fruit. This is pure, unadulterated wine that gives everything great about Syrah in a sublime fashion. Unique to this vintage is amazing tannin structure, making me think this will be the longest lived vintage I've tasted.

I know that Pax recently got a 100 point score from Galloni on his Hillside Syrah - and Iove that wine too - but how did this only get 94 points? I understand the ideological importance of awarding a perfect score to a low alcohol, lighter extracted wine, but I'm afraid it's going to discourage this classic style. I love powerful syrah and I hope it never goes away. To me, this is basically perfect.

#PaxWine #NaturalWine #Sonoma #PetalumaGap
— a year ago

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Domaine Chartier-Landron

Naturlich Folle Blanche

Fresh and easy drinking, perfect for hot summer days. Pair with almost everything. From magnum #petnat #naturalwine — a year ago

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Whitcraft Winery

Stolpman Vineyard Grenache

Mason Balistreri

Boyancy. #santabarbara #whitcraft #naturalwine — a year ago

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