Moone Tsai Vineyards

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

[Tasted on July 26, 2022 at Hall’s Chophouse in Nashville with Rachel]

54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 18 months in 30% new oak. Blackberry and black cherry, earth, sage, cigar box with a note of black pepper. chocolate, nice tannins and good balance.
— 15 days ago

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XIII Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

50%Cabernet Sauvignon& 50%Merlot ..... doesn't get any better than this. Favorite Blacklist by Moone Tsai! 😃🍷.... stay safe and drink good wine my Delectable friends. — 2 years ago

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David T

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A very opulent producer of wine. 👍🍷
Stephen Pierron

Stephen Pierron

Indeed @David T ! Melka makes some fantastic wine for Moone-Tsai (and Lail Vineyards). I've been a fan of Moone-Tsai for awhile, but their Black List wines are truly exceptional, fun, and delicious! Cheers!! 😃🍷👍

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Black List XVIII Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A
9.5

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

This was my wine of the lineup for both now and possibly down the road. A great blend of the Howell (massive structure, chalky/dusty, big and ripe fruit) with the Cor Leonis (slightly savory, inky, herbal). This has velvet like tannins right now but they are really persistent. Plum, nutmeg, creme de cassis, heady display of the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) jump from the glass. Slight addition of graphite, black licorice, and currant on the palate. Juicy, savory, decadent. Lots going on here. Very good.
— 2 years ago

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@Stephen Pierron : This was a spectacular wine. It’s my wife and I’s anniversary year, so we bought one to tuck away for the future. Steve did a great tasting for us. He’s a close buddy of my friend Weston of Montagu Wines, who also uses Brasswood. Been going to Brasswood for years now and the mozzarella never gets old!
Stephen Pierron

Stephen Pierron

@Shay A Happy anniversary!! Glad you had a great time! I've heard of Montagu but have never tried their wines! Is the owner local to Texas by chance?
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@Stephen Pierron : Our anniversary is in July, but we make an annual trip out to Napa every February! And yes, Montagu’s owner/winemaker is from Fort Worth. His name is Weston Eidson. If you ever make it over here, happy to introduce you. He makes some wonderful wines.

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Leonidas Napa Balley Proprietary Red 2017

Too earthy for me to love it. Enjoyable nonetheless. — 2 years ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Excellent. Young - robust with a joint of straw and rosemary on the nose. Very clean - not oaky. Well done. — 2 years ago

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Big rating BL!
Bruce Leboff

Bruce Leboff

Larry Tsai- is a good man. And a GSB grad!!

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Paige Cuvee Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.3

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Anytime I see Ritchie vineyard, I perk up. I really enjoy the fruit coming from that vineyard and this was no different. Bright and gold in the glass showing aromatics of banana bread pudding, powdered lemon bar, and honeyed tropical fruits. Vibrant acidity at this age with some classical Ritchie nuttiness alongside lemon cream and honeysuckle. Really good.
— 2 years ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XXI Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

100% Cab from Soda Canyon and Atlas Peak. Aged for 20 months in 42% New French Oak. Mild tannins and very European in style. Notes of sweet baking spices, tamarind, cedar, vanilla, and black fruit (Blackberries, Cherries, etc.). This one is right up there with Blacklist XIII, which was a 50/50 blend of Cab and Merlot, but very similar in style and structure. — 2 years ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XX Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Black List XX .... doesn't get much better than this! Age worthy for sure, but a solid decant paired with a nice steak will certainly do the trick. 100% Cab from Caldwell Vineyard "Block 15", and Pritchard Hill. — 2 years ago

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Kimberly Anderson

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Baller! Love this winemaker!
Stephen Pierron

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@Kimberly Anderson Melka's great! Fantastic wines for sure! Moone-Tsai and Lail Vineyards are both my favorites of his.

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Black List XIX Rancho Las Posadas Cabernet Sauvignon

Blacklist XIX ......one of the best by far. Hold on to this one.... will age exceptionally well. — 2 years ago

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Brasswood

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.1

If you aren’t familiar with Brasswood, you should change that. A truly state of the art custom crush facility in St Helena (has housed clients like Bevan Cellars, Moone Tsai, Montagu, Modus Operandi, Dark Matter, etc), with tasting rooms, caves, a shop, bakery and a fantastic restaurant. On top of all that, they have their own label, which Angelina Mondavi consults on.

This is my first time trying their Chardonnay offering, courtesy of Brasswood’s Somm
@Joshua Fisher . I was fortunate to follow this over the course of a few days. Day one had this showing very primary...down the middle type chard. Day two saw this increase in complexity...certainly true to Napa chard with a warm and soft profile, revealing lanolin, lemon cream, and even a cotton candy note on the nose. The palate has added notes of ripe melon, banana, and powdered sugar. Viscous but a line of acidity keeps this nervy. Thanks Josh.
— 3 years ago

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