Paper Planes

Thorne & Daughters

Paper Kite Cape of Good Hope Old Vine Sémillon 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Paper Kite expresses the old-vine Sémillon with great clarity, presenting dried honey, walnut, touches of almond and a subtle smoky scent. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. More of a textural Sémillon than one of conspicuous flavors. Slightly resinous on the finish. Excellent. (Neal Martin, Vinous, April 2021)
— 2 months ago

J.L. Kiff

Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2012

Had a few of these recently. A delicious and drinkable Yamhill AVA Pinot that tastes much better than it should on paper. Bold red berry fruits on the nose, medium-ish booze, spice, tannin and acidity in the mouth and a quite floral finish. This one makes you think a bit about what you tasted and preconceived biases. — 4 months ago

Memento Mori

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A

Such a love/hate relationship with the fancy tissue paper on bottles. I was under the impression I was opening their cab blend from 2014, not their single vineyard Dr Crane. I don’t know if the tissue paper is different, but I figured after tearing away the paper, maybe it was meant to be that this was the bottle to open...lucky me! About 100 cases, and the first vintage this wine was produced, I believe.

I’m between a 94-95 here. Having never had this wine before (though I really enjoyed their silky 2014 cab), but knowing Dr Crane is my favorite vineyard, I had high expectations. I wasn’t in a place to be able to decant this and give it the time it deserved, unfortunately, but figured the rich and open knit nature of Napa’s 2014 vintage would be to my benefit. I found this to be a solid expression of Beckstoffer Dr Crane...near purple/black in the glass with explosive aromatics. Juniper, violets, charcoal, stone, mocha, black currant, blackberry and unabashedly dark. Much of that translate to the palate...a core of dark fruits and beautiful floral notes with a spine of “minerality”. This is a big wine, and obviously improved the longer it was open. I was able to cork this and come back to it a couple hours later and it was more layered, with chewy tannins (to be expected). Although I wish I would have known I was opening this so that I could have been more prepared, it was certainly delicious. Decant for 2-3hrs if opening now, or hold a couple more years.
— 4 months ago

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Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : The winemaker here is Sam Kaplan (from Arkenstone). Their cab blend is a blend of Dr Crane, Las Piedras, VHR, Weitz and one or two others. High pedigree. Neat story behind how the producer came about. Worth a try!
Joshua Fisher

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What’s the issue you have with the tissue?
Shay A

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@Joshua Fisher : Some wineries use the same tissue for each of their wines across different price points. I thought this was the entry level Memento Mori, not the Dr Crane. Also, I wish more would denote with a sticker/sealer on the tissue what the vintage is and what wine it is!


3-D Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2018

Fantastic chardonnay from Greg Brewer that is only going to get better and better with more time in the bottle. A perfect match for a spectacular day in Eagle Harbor on Lake Superior…and even better to celebrate Vanessa’s paper being accepted for publication today! 🥳 — a month ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Jim McCusker

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More water than all of the other Great Lakes combined…plus three additional Lake Eries! 🙃
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@Jim McCusker @Vanessa McCaffrey What a beautiful day.  congratulations on your paper being excepted for publication. What an enjoyable bottle of wine. That wine has a long runway in front of it. Will taste even better in a year. Cheers and congratulations again. 


The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2013

Hello everyone! It is Friday and we need to celebrate the weekend. So tonight I have started the celebration with the 2013 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz.

On the nose there is black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, mint, hints of meat, chocolate, spice and cedar.

Across my palate there are notes of black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, black currant, spice and graphite.

This is a full bodied wine with a drying mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium + fine sand paper tannins that leads to a long black fruit graphite finish. I wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Please stay safe and be healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 3 months ago

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A classic winery, that has something for everyone. Cheers!

Pars Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Solid structure. A slight white bleached paper finish that was a little off-putting but beyond good fruit and harmony despite the finish. Qpr rep intact. — 2 months ago

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino

Laboro Disubbidiente Per Terra Madre Vino Rosso Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Looks like the folks at Fantino Screwed up with the paper work and could not claim the Barolo Bussia denomination. Absurdly good for a vino rosso ! Good price and open now but really no rush. — 2 months ago

Adriana Pagliano
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Jose Pastor Selections

Envínate Listan Negro Tintilia 2018

Cranberry, orange bitters and sweet cherry notes (and a heck of a stink!) make this old-vine, high-altitude volcanic soil red from Tenerife a very interesting experience.

High acidity, moderate tannin, really well poised - a tightrope of a wine that offers sweet cherry one second then searing orange zest another. The acidity carries through the finish exceptionally well, making this a wine of great balance.

Fascinating to try this alongside Wiston Estate’s 2014 Rosé, a completely different wine on paper but one that somehow shares so many characteristics with this.
— 4 months ago

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Andrea Occhipinti

Rosso Arcaico Aleatico Grechetto 2013

Fresh cherries, sea breeze, oregano, fine sand paper. — 4 months ago

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