High West Distillery

Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2011

See previous 2 notes. Showing ripe grapefruit on nose and palate with high quality French Oak as a component and not dominating. Good palate concentration and just an outstanding Chardonnay in any company. Welcoming our son Hugh home temporarily from NYC and Georgie from Copenhagen. Hadn’t seen either of them for 3 years. Went well with a kilo of Mooloolaba Prawns. As in a previous note I will have the 2 remaining bottles in 2023 and 2024. — 4 months ago

Aaron, Peter and 25 others liked this

Galena Cellars

Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I didn’t have high expectations for this wine. Mostly, it was in my cellar as part of a “can I drink all 50 states?” Instead I was pleasantly surprised. Is it fantastic? No. It’s not comparable to decent West Coast quality. But it’s also not bad... moderate acidity and ripe red fruits are pleasant with hints of tannins still present. Fairly dry but hidden by the muted tannins that remain. Back notes are phenolic and a little bit oaky. It is soft and lacks structure; definitely a drink-now wine. I would happily have another bottle. I’m surprised these are the varietals they chose to grow in Illinois, but it works... — a year ago

Meyer Family Vineyards

Mclean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Really high quality BC 🇨🇦 Pinot. Stemmy and silky smooth. Great value but a league apart from the Micro-Cuvée, which goes toe-to-toe with the best of the NA west coast. — 2 years ago

Paul, Jonathan and 17 others liked this

Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This was sitting in the back of my cellar and I didn’t realize I still had it. My worry that after 18 years in the cellar it may have turned were completely unfounded. Beautiful fresh fruit, gorgeous sexy nose with a silky long finish makes this wine worthy of a high rating. This is not your typical Aussie bomb — 5 months ago

Ira, Severn and 2 others liked this

Pizza Port Brewing Co.

Swami's India Pale Ale

The current West Coast IPA standard. Consistently fantastic in the 16oz can but catching it on draft at one of the various Pizza Port properties takes it up just a notch with slightly less dank and super clean high notes on the initial draw. Essential San Diego County brewha. — 7 months ago

Ted, Bob and 6 others liked this

Ambriel

Classic Cuvée

Sparkling bright acidity, med sweetness, low-med alcohol, crisp green apples, high minerality — a year ago

Bodegas Bernabeleva

San Martín de Valdeiglesias Garnacha de Viña Bonita 2016

Located in Sierra de Gredos, west of Madrid, Bernabeleva is a driving force of the ”new” Spanish wine movement that is getting well-earned attention from the wine world. The Garnachas of Gredos pose with a unique expression, marked with plenty of freshness and ”minerality” due to the high altitude and the granite soils.
The Vina Bonita, Bernabelevas top wine, comes from 2.8 ha single vineyard with 80 year old vines. Fermented in Wood with long maceration, matured on French barriques for ”as long as necessary”. Only 900 bottled produced of the 2016 vintage.

The wine is an act of elegance, a true showstopper concentrated red berry fruit with red florals and a balsamic-herby almost orange like lift, followed by a pronounced earthy and stony minerality.
A fresh acidity and slight lip gripping tannins with a very fine, almost powdery texture, a tactile sensation and strong fatigues drives the mineral, red fruited palate which breach across the palate in a long and expansive finish.
— 2 years ago

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Mas Foulaquier

Gran' Tonillières Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup

Pepper jam, peppery and jammy, peppers jammed into a waft, put some pep in my jam. Think I’m gettin high off the boozy bouquet fumes.

Recommended by the French man at MFC Rare Wines in the West Village, an intimate little shop tucked away off the main intersection.

He said this vintage in particular really surprised him, so I made the impulse buy.

This wild thing delivers. Jammy for sure, but also hits those herbal and sharp tart and juicy fruit notes. We’ll balanced acidity. A good chew for sure.

Love this pick. Especially with pizza from Motorino’s
— 5 months ago

Severn, Dawn and 4 others liked this

High Coast Distillery

Älv Delicate Single Malt Whisky

Icke-lagrad whisky. Väldigt destilerad och intensiv i smaken — 8 months ago

Houghton

Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Red Blend 2000

Clear, deep garnet colour. Clean, pronounced fruits. Dry, high acidity and tannins beautifully balanced. Full bodied with a long finish. Pronounced fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. Exceptional wine. — 2 years ago

Michele Walker
with Michele
Shane Walker

Shane Walker

Clear, deep garnet colour. Clean, pronounced fruits. Dry, high acidity and tannins beautifully balanced. Full bodied with a long finish. Pronounced plum flavours with a hint of vanilla. Exceptional wine.
Shane Walker

Shane Walker

Clear, deep garnet colour. Clean, pronounced fruits. Dry, high acidity and tannins beautifully balanced. Full bodied with a long finish. Pronounced plum flavours with a hint of vanilla. Exceptional wine.