VOLUME 10, ISSUE 17
September 18, 2015
Husband and wife team with thirty years of experience in premium wine business started their own label in 2002 featuring a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (from an unnamed but venerated vineyard source on Westside Road that starts with an R) and Zinfandel, Barbara and Bianco.
The wines are sold on the website with very limited retail distribution.
Articles About Portalupi
2009 Portalupi Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.49, $48. Sourced from Rochioli Vineyard. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker Tim Borges. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark stone fruits with a hint of oak, becoming very ripe in character over time in the glass. Plush core of black cherry fruit and cassis with supportive cola and spice flavors backed by modest tannins, finishing with some intensity and character. The Rochioli Vineyard trait shows up in this wine. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2006 Portalupi Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 328 cases, $42. Crafted by Tim Borges from Rochioli fruit. · Restrained scent of black cherries and toasty oak. Beautiful raspberry and cherry fruit, lightly oaked and softly presented with noticeable but ripe tannins. Very classy like a demurely dressed woman. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
2005 Portalupi Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., $38. I really liked this wine upon release but this revisit was not as special (oh, the vagaries of Pinot Noir). · Cherry and cranberry perfume leading to cherry flavors enhanced by deft oak. A decent wine which is well-made, but I can’t go ga-ga over it. Reviewed November 12, 2007 ARTICLE »
2005 Portalupi Wine Company Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 672 cases, $38. This is packaged in one heavy bottle— be careful trying to pour a glass with one hand. The wine, however, is not as heavy handed. · Light- to mediumbodied (more Volnay than Gevrey-Chambertain), the red and blue fruits and loamy highlights lead to a cherry kiss on a long finish. What is most striking here is the creamy texture which is Pinot Noir at is best. The balance is impeccable. The French would say merci!, I say pour me another generous glass, now. Reviewed May 13, 2007 ARTICLE »
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