Sheldrake Point

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Chardonnay 2018

Paul J
9.7

Double blind wine tasting. 3 Whites and 3 Reds:

1. ‘18 Hamilton Russell Chard - WOTN across both whites and reds - complex, refined, fruit integrated with honey, oak, butter, cream, camomile.

2. ‘20 Hartenberg The Eleanor Chard - big wine that could use a few years. Nice fruit and lovely acidity. Mix between a White Burg and Rhone Blend.

3. ‘22 Far Niente Chard - potential, very young, not the best QPR. Reminded me of young Paul Hobbs single vineyard Chards.


1. ‘12 Giacomo Fenocchio 90 di Riserva Barolo - aged showed through nicely, but still lively with dark cherries and ample tannins.

2. ‘20 Vilafonte - decanted, but young and an absolutely massive wine. Black fruit, chewy, with decent sweetness.

3. ‘02 Origin Red Blend - nose of black tar and cigars. Zero fruit and big tar, tobacco, and bbq flavors. Bigger wine than I was expecting.

Great night with great friends!
— 7 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Tom, Severn and 4 others liked this

Dog Point Vineyard

Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

Lemon, flint, cream, impressive power. — 3 months ago

Felton Road

Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2021

Big ratings on this… though I found it a bit hot and acidic day one. Day two however was a dream… soft yet deep. — 6 months ago

Doug, Austin and 3 others liked this

Kirkland Signature

Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Refreshing, clean and best served very cold. — 11 days ago

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Nikau Point

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Crisp and light, fruitier. Liked it a lot but significantly more enjoyable when chilled. Warmed up becomes a bit more tart and juicy — 4 months ago

Dog Point Vineyard

Section 94 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Always a banger! With home made osso buco and went in the pot too. Stone fruit, lemon, acid bready mineral veg bell pepper — 3 months ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2008

A pretty color of ruby, with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Full bodied and elegant.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing red currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 15 year old Rioja Reserva is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity at this point.

Still young and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. A very tasty aged Rioja, and a good food wine.

Robert Parker 95 points.

I Had this vintage a year ago, and it feels pretty much the same.

A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano. Aged in used American oak barrels for 6 years.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.
— 6 months ago

Iwan, Severn and 30 others liked this

Dog Point Vineyard

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

A nose of fresh, cool melon without too much sugar or underripe tanginess in either direction. On the tongue is fairly thick with a bit of honeysuckle and light ginger, very smooth and viscous with a bit of Black beech honey on the tongue.  — a month ago

Denise Espinoza
with Denise
Tom liked this

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

At our second special Caymus dinner on Sky Princess serving this wine. I’ve had lots of Caymus wines over the years. This is in line with the brand, but not what I remember from the wines from the late 70’s. As the price increased, I lost interest. It’s ok, but I feel there are better wines at the price point for the Cabernet Sauvignon. — 2 months ago