Damian Rae

Domaine de la Prébende

Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay

With Damian and Marc on Lara-Nour’s 18th — 6 months ago

Pym Rae

Tesseron Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

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This is Alfred Tesseron’s (Owner of Pontet Canet) Napa Valley’s project on Mount Veeder. You can also clearly see Sugar Loaf from the property.

The previous owner of the property was the late comedian Robin Williams. Robin never made wine and the fruit was sold to other producers.

The name Pym-Rae is an homage to Robin Willams two children.

The Winemaker for Pym-Rae is the son of Jean-Michel (Winemaker of Pontet Canet), Thomas Comme. Thomas has taken out all the drip irrigation and dry farms all the fruit. He has some progressive ideas on farming fruit. Pym-Rae is also certified biodynamic and organic.

This 2016 inaugural vintage is just now about to be released.

The nose reveals; big and brooding dark currants, deep; blackberries, black raspberries, big black plum, purple fruit mix, blueberries, black cherries with poached strawberries. Grilled meats, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, touch of incense, burnt ambers, crushed dry rocks, dark, rich earth, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, limestone minerals, alluvial soils with nice, purple, dark flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is huge, brooding and thick. Big, dark, meaty, tarry rounded tannins with dusty edges. The structure & tension say it’s big and meant to be well cellared. The length is nice and the balance sets in as it opens up but, will be much better with 5-10 years plus of cellaring. Dark currants, deep, ripe, lush & ruby; blackberries, black raspberries, big black plum, purple fruit mix, blueberries, black cherries with poached strawberries. Grilled meats, cracked pepper, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, black olive, touch of incense, burnt ambers, dark spice with palate heat, lots of crushed dry rocks, dark, rich earth, dry stones, dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, good presence of dry herbs, cigar box, lots of graphite, limestone minerals, dusty top soil, alluvial soils with nice, dry, withering purple, dark flowers with violets and hints of lavender. beautiful round acidity. The finish starts with ripe, lush fruit and slides into pronounced dry, powdery, tannins and earthiness. It persists until you put something else in your mouth. This is not a pop & pour wine. It needs a very long decant if you drink it young and really should be cellared 8-10 plus years.

Patience will increase my rating by 2-4 points. It is just too young and massive for me to give it a higher score. However, it has all the stuffing for greatness.

Photos of; the yard and estate vines above the main house, 2019 Cabernet grapes that will start harvesting in the next week, a look inside the house Robin built and the infinity pool and view from the terrace.
— 2 years ago

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Florian Brigl

Damian Kornell Alto Adige - SüdtirolGewürztraminer

Boy do I really love #altoadige wines. This #gewurztraminer pours yellow-gold. Golden apple, pear, honey, jasmine underlaid with wet stone . Grapefruit zest and orchard fruit up front in the mouth, ample minerality after that ending with honeyed notes.Though it’s quite dry there’s enough bright fruit and a hint of ripeness to keep things interesting when paired with fried rice and spicy eggplant. — 8 months ago

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Isla Rae Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Post group meeting celebratory pop. Has tremendous potential, glad there are two more heading to my “cellar.” Has the red fruits, cassis, a little vanilla and some oak. Not “big” but still quite good. — 2 years ago

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Lois Rae

Rose Touriga Nacional 2016

12.8% ABV.

A very structured (no doubt due to the varietal), dry and layered Rosé. Almost drinking like a lighter-bodied Red.
Good interesting stuff!
— 3 years ago

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Noon Winery

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T

On the nose, dominate blueberries, mid red fruits, light spices and nice dry dark florals. On the palate, nice leaner body style. Ripe fruits of; black berries, blueberries, wild mixed berries, rhubarb, black raspberries, warm spice, soft leather, crushed rocks, beautiful light minerals, touch of black cherry cola, clove, nutmeg, M+ tannins and leaner acid but still ok. Finishes with dry tannins and juicy fruits. Photos of open top fermenting Shiraz and artwork from Drew's wife Rae who's first love was art. — 4 years ago

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Damiani Wine Cellars

Reserve Damiani Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


Great flavor! Damian wines are great! — 2 years ago

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Such a great Pinot Noir!!!


Pym Rae Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Donald Patz

Lovely. I enjoyed this Mt. Veeder sourced wine a great deal. There’s something for everyone - ripe but not over-ripe aromas, sleek but youthful tannin. Great to drink now but set up for aging too. — 3 years ago

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Château Léoville-Las Cases

Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

Will Rae later — 4 years ago

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