Paper Planes


Tsapournakos Cabernet Franc 2017

Popped and poured; no formal notes. Tsapournakis is, apparently, Cabernet Franc (or some clone of it) that has been grown in Velvento for a long time. Not surprisingly, this had Right Bank Bordeaux sensibilities. There was a mix of red and dark fruits, purple flowers, organic earth, tobacco and some baking spices. There was perhaps just a touch of Brett too. The structure was firm, in the medium+ category and the finish was long. This was lovely with baked lamb in paper. — 4 days ago

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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! 🥳 — 2 years ago

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Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

More water than all of the other Great Lakes combined…plus three additional Lake Eries! 🙃
David L

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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. 

Thorne & Daughters

Paper Kite Cape of Good Hope Old Vine Sémillon 2017

David T

The nose reveals, lemon curd, lime, green apple, overripe pineapple, a salted caramel, beautiful soft minerals, chalk power and yellow flowers, lilies, spring flowers with greens.

The body is full and round. Honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, lemon curd, lime, green apple, overripe pineapple, a salted caramel, beautiful soft minerals, chalk power and yellow flowers, lilies, spring flowers with greens. The acidity is round. The lush finish thick, rich and well polished.

Photos of; the view from Gabrielskloof, a different shot with more decomposed granite soil, John Seccombe of Thorne and Daughters hosting our tasting with his Japanese importer and Gabrielskloof Estate vines.
— 4 years ago

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J. Dusi

Paper Street Zinfandel

a little age is working for this one, will keep getting better for sure — 6 months ago


Paper Street Zinfandel 2018

Paper Street Zin. I am the first to rate! Its Turley. Just above all the rest. — 3 years ago

Château Bouscaut

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Great bell paper and herbaceous notes complement this wine’s red fruit and nice acidity. A steal at $35. — 4 years ago

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Morstein Großes Gewächs Riesling 2012

Mid Lemon in colour. A 10 year old GG from the Rheinhessen - not a hint of TDN (Kerosene/Petrol notes in aged Riesling). Just been reading a research paper on TDN from the Australian Wine Research Institute. Definitely sunshine to the extent of sunburnt grapes is a big factor. Also a fact I wasn’t aware of that cork allows TDN to release more than with a screw cap. This GG had a cork, although personally I would prefer a screw cap particularly with a Riesling. This Wittmann showed peach and mineral - also white flowers ( Daisies, Barb thought). Enough acid to keep things lively and delicious - some herbs. Enough fruit richness and sweetness to almost convince you that it is off dry but it is actually 13% ABV. An excellent dry German Riesling worthy of the Grosses Gewachs classification. A very high score of 19/20 from Michael Schmidt. — 2 years ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Bob McDonald Great notes!
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Thanks Dawn.