Clifford Bay

Salo

Syrah

Comparing 2 cool climate syrahs. Firstly the Salo from Hawkes Bay New Zealand made by Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps fame. Peppercorns and spices on the nose with a ferrous note. On the medium weight palate it’s all about the pepper and spice. Love the style. We visited Hawkes Bay a few years ago and loved the Syrahs particularly the Trinity Homage. The Salo to be critical of what is a pretty good wine could do with a little more fruit. — 5 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Swan Terrace Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard 2008

First time I’ve ever tried a Rhys Pinot I felt was really ready—I guess the 10+ year mark is the way to go. Beautiful red and blue fruit, rose petal, dried herbs, campfire and soil tones, layered and nuanced — 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.4

Nose displays lanolin, Meyer lemon and beeswax. Oily texture on the palate, intermixed with crème brûlée and hints of white pepper. Finishes with moderate sweetness and soft caressing acidity. Stunning effort - Fulton St by Jean Georges. — 3 days ago

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Eric S

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Nice.
Eric S

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Great spot too.

Te Mata Estate

Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

Generally regarded as New Zealand’s best expression of a left bank Bordeaux blend. This is a dense Ruby red in colour. Aromas of cedar, cassis, mint, leafy and a menthol note - generally classic left bank descriptors. Quite balanced - a medium plus weight palate - medium tannins and acid. Still a good future into the late 20’s or early 2030s. Sam Kim, who is a NZ wine taster and commentator described this wine on release as the greatest wine ever released in New Zealand which was a big call at the time. Bob Campbell MW said “Coleraine doesn’t get much better than this. “ — 16 days ago

Severn, Paul and 19 others liked this

Murrieta's Well

The Whip Livermore Valley White Blend 2017

Fascinating #livermorevalley white blend with a pronounced onion + floral nose, full bodied, citrus, peach palate with plenty of lip-smacking acidity. That nose might be a unique feature of this 2017 vintage; it might scare off some people but I imagine it would be delicious with a Chinese spring onion omelette. — 4 days ago

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BoaVentura de Caires Winery

DePorted Cabernet Sauvignon

Had at Eric’s house warming party. Awesome! 👏 Patty, Delicia and Indu. Had with: watermelon-mango salad, Indu’s tuna pasta dish, chicken curry and shrimp-mushroom curry. — 4 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

A. R.
9.3

After drinking a few of these in a short period of time I’m getting more of the sense of the “Montebello” house style. This one is more restrained and slightly more austere than the 2010. On the nose, tobacco, cassis and earl grey tea. In the mouth, grippy tannins, dark fruit, black tea, acid. Long finish. Like all MB, needs time, but totally accessible now. Yum. — 5 days ago

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Thomas Fogarty

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2017

Definitely somewhere on the butterscotch spectrum which is usually a big turnoff for me, but here it’s part of a sweet creamy lemon / just-ripe pineapple meringue with acid lift and a crazy long finish for something that costs 30$. — 4 days ago

David, Ericsson and 8 others liked this

McBride Sisters

Brut Hawke's Bay Sparkling Rosé Blend

John Howard
9.0

Really well balanced New Zealand sparkling rose. Nice surprise.  — 10 days ago

Severn, Paul and 8 others liked this
Rhonely Boy

Rhonely Boy

Awesome, great to hear. I shared a WSET class with the McBride sisters.

Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Ready to drink now with all the “Meursault meets Puligny” thing that Rhys Chardonney gets into after a few years in our opinion. Medium bodied and medium length with citrusy, floral and a hint of almonds. Very fresh and balanced, great with food. Recommended. — 15 days ago

Adriana Pagliano
with Adriana
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