Moët Hennessy

Smoke Tree Sonoma County Chardonnay

Light, slightly acidic chardonnay, pleasant. Some minerality. — 6 months ago

Dom Pérignon

P2 Brut Champagne Blend 2002

At the Dom Perignon dinner last Friday night. This was definitely the Star of the Show. David Cross from Moët Hennessy who presented on the night and has tasted many great Champagnes in his 30 year career said this was in the top 3 Champagnes he had ever tasted. He also represents Krug. In a word this was stunning!! The essence of the Plenitude programme - Complexity with Freshness. Disgorged 18 months ago. Touches of sea spray, biscuit, beeswax and mineral. Poised and refined. Just gorgeous - had to buy a bottle. — 7 months ago

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Shay A

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One of the best champagnes I’ve ever had. Glad to see I’m not alone!
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Totally agree.

Aonair Wines

Estate Conn Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A

Not only does the winery have gorgeous views atop Conn Valley in Napa overlooking Lake Hennessy, the wines are delicious...but more importantly, the people are gracious and kind. Highly recommend visiting.

Though their other wines get more fanfare (mainly because there is more to go around), their CabFranc is always my favorite offering. At a whopping 2 barrels of production, getting access can be a bit tricky. For a cab franc, there is zero green pepper notes. Aromatically, it is a combo of rich, ripe red and black fruits all dipped in fondue chocolate, baking spices like cinnamon and clove with a woodsy note like sandalwood. While decadent in profile, there is plenty of acidity here to keep this from being too flabby. Notes of Christmas spice cake, red and black licorice, Black Forest cake shavings and a hint of herbs on the finish. Still quite youthful, this seems to just be entering a drink phase.
— 2 years ago

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@Bryan Kesting : Was a wine club member here for a quite a while. Solid across the board. Winemaker here also makes wine for Jack Winery in Atlas Peak and a few other small labels. They also do a cabernet, a mountain proprietary, Grenache and a white blend. Happy to send you a bottle of those or open one next time you’re down here.
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Sounds great, Shay. Looking forward to it..,thanks.
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Wholly long 📝 note

Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Rosé 2006

The final wine at the Dom Perignon dinner last Friday night except for a little glass of Hennessy Cognac where I forgot to make notes. The same lovely Salmon/Pink as the 2005. This was more immediately loveable than the 2005 with delicious red fruits - warm and fleshy - sunshine in a glass. An absolute crowd pleaser but shorter term than the 2005. — 7 months ago

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X.O Cognac

Pepper, orange, a hint of cinnamon. So smooth. Outstanding in every way! — 2 years ago

Château d'Esclans

Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2019

I'm not a fan of rosè, but this flagship(?) is excellent. Fresh and pleasantly dry: "warm", a red fruit, a peach, a citrus finish. From this producer: Hennessy is very good, Möet not necessarily. And "Whispering Angel" whispers to my ears when the sun is killing me. :) — 2 years ago

Buehler Vineyards

Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

At Buehler Vineyard for a marvelous tasting with John Buehler. Howell Mountain is amazing rolling hills. We look across Lake Hennessy at Chappellet and Pritchard Mountain. The wines here are incredibly reasonably priced. All are high quality 🍷 — 2 years ago

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 2012

At the Dom Perignon dinner last Friday night. David Cross from Moët Hennessy who presented on the night said that this was the first showing of the 2012 in Australia. More intensity and power than the 2010. David thought the 2012 will be the better wine (a definite future P2 star) but the 2010 the better wine to drink now. Almost like a very good white burgundy with a little bubble. — 7 months ago

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Paradis Cognac

To my dad. Bravo! — 2 years ago

Aonair Wines

Reserve Series Mountains Proprietary Red Blend 2013

Shay A

Was a wine club member here for a few years and very much enjoyed the entire portfolio. Stunning winery up Conn Creek Rd just south east of Lake Hennessy. Wonderful people too.

I always found the mountain proprietary blend more accessible at a young age compared to their cab reserve. At 7ys young, and even for the big and structured vintage of 2013, this was very enjoyable close to pop and pour. Brilliant color of purple in the glass offering up aromatics of baked mixed berry pie, fresh potpourri, cedar, espresso, and baking spices like cinnamon and vanilla. While extracted and rich on the palate, it has plenty of tannin to keep things balanced. Red, blue and black fruits accompanied by sandalwood, grilled violets, decadent dark cocoa and dusty character toward the finish.
— 2 years ago

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