The Flagship


Little Hampton Pinot Noir 2019

QPR on point with the Shadowfax line up.
Flagship that is approachable and affordable.
— 7 hours ago

Torbreck Vintners

Descendant Barossa Valley Shiraz Viognier 2003

These just need age, great bottle

Primarily Shiraz with a tiny dollop of Viognier, the blockbuster 2003 Descendant spent 18 months in used French oak (barrels that were previously used for Torbreck’s flagship cuvee, Run Rig).
— a month ago

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Yes, they do.

Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

As usual, nothing to complain about with this flagship Napa Cab. — 2 months ago

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Château d'Esclans

Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2019

I'm not a fan of rosè, but this flagship(?) is excellent. Fresh and pleasantly dry: "warm", a red fruit, a peach, a citrus finish. From this producer: Hennessy is very good, Möet not necessarily. And "Whispering Angel" whispers to my ears when the sun is killing me. :) — 3 months ago

Saint Helena Winery

Reserve Sympa Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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The winery’s estate cab is one of my favorites, yet I didn’t really know what to expect out of this flagship bottling as 2003 is a week vintage for Napa.
Nose of blueberry, cassis, light raspberry, dark roasted coffee beans, incense, thyme, Chinese herbs, old leather, and rusted iron. The palate, while smooth, is very delicate and at times appears to be chewy, with layers of flavors that hit you like gentle waves. Dusty tannins.
This is all about complexity and nuances. Did not disappoint.
— 13 days ago

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C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)

Imperial Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

This flagship Reserva from the CVNE stable is so young it almost has the character of a youthful Barbaresco that needs at least another five years in bottle. Incredibly fierce acidity and a tannic, bone-dry profile make it a tough wine to drink at the moment. The benefit to this, of course, is ageing potential - this should be a wine that sees its 20th birthday in fine form, and likely live for some years after that. There is a well of very ripe, rich red fruit beneath the structure that will reveal itself in time, and a terrifically long finish. 93 points for now, but potential for 95+ in 5/10 years’ time. — a month ago

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Bodegas Alto Moncayo

Veraton Campo de Borja Garnacha 2015

A joint venture of Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao and Chris Ringland, located in the town of Bulbuente (Zaragoza) Spain. Alto Moncayo is the flagship of the winery. A single-grape variety of Garnacha, from vines between 40 and 70 years old, aged in new barrels for 20 months. Bold aromas of fruit and spice. On the palate black fruit flavors, rich and full-bodied, with complex spice. Fine tannins, savory, good structure ending with a smoky character. Very nice! — 2 months ago

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Obsidian Ridge

Half Mile 2640' Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

First time with the flagship wine after drinking their $25 Cabernet for many years (at least 8 or more). Punches above it’s weight class at $55. I’m disappointed I’ve waited this long. Not overly tannic and sensibly balanced. Will go back for more! — 21 days ago

Château Pavie Macquin

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

Subtle plums in a blackberry patch with refined St Emilion Elegance. Though it takesa back seat to the flagship wine that's ok. Particularly if you've had fun in the backseat in the past. Wine is in a great window to enjoy with about 45 minute decant — a month ago

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Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2002

Dense Ruby in colour. Even after 18 years the oak presence is like the aromas of newly sawn wood. Ripe plums with a pruney note. On the palate rich and full bodied with fluid smooth tannins finishing dry. Obviously the product of very old Shiraz vines in the Barossa sourced from growers who the original Peter Lehmann had a marvellous bond with for decades. This is Peter Lehmann’s flagship red from the cool 2002 vintage resulting in a long hang time and great flavours. A Barossa Icon. — 2 months ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, I really enjoy Shiraz when it gets around this age, the strong bottles get some of their tension removed.
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Agreed Severn. The Barossa (and McLaren Vale) are blessed with old Shiraz Vines which need to be cellared. Definitely their strength.