High West Distillery


Heart of the Hill Petite Sirah 2015

Dense dark purple-red, highly extracted pigment. Herbal and red fruit notes in nose. Black currant flavor, fine grained tannins in finish initially, cranberry aftertaste, high skin astringency. Massive tannins remain after three hours; decant longer else age, age, age this sucker... This could prove a really nice wine for the cellar. Solid seed bitterness backbone in this wine, but the skin and possibly stem astringency is the challenge in deciding whether to opt for aging versus decanting. Great varietal expression nonetheless. A bold yet largely successful take on an old school West Coast varietal. An alternative: decant 24 hours and the flavors are lovely, but the large tannins remain fairly massive. — 15 days ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Shiraz 2014

White pepper, cedar, tar, blueberry, and plum. Medium tannin and body with high acidity. Not your typical Aussie Shiraz but more elegant and restrained. — 4 months ago

High West Distillery

Midwinter Nights Dram Blend of Straight Rye Whiskeys

That’s got to be the best prose whiskey to grace me lips laddies. Go Utah. — 6 months ago

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I visited the distillery last year but didn’t get to try this, unfortunately. I’ve heard it’s killer.

Highland Park Distillery

Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color is light caramel. Nose of fermented grains like high end rice wine, a bit burned apple and brown sugar, spice, and peat in 2nd wave. Taste is quite smooth with flavors hinted from the nose. Some more cinnamon and tuffet note. And some more zest, flowering note, and apple note. Aftertaste is also quite lingering. Reminds me of better version of white walker. — 8 months ago

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Gladstones Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Even though Houghtons are a very old Swan River based winery just outside Perth (established 1836)this is their very good Margaret River Cuvée called Gladstones. The nose is classic Margaret River Cabernet with Blackberry Mulberry, Bay Leaf, Tomato Bush, Geranium and Herbal. The palate is medium to full bodied with dark red and black fruits with herbal overtones finishing with surprisingly soft fine dry Tannins. The 2008 vintage of this wine was a Wow wine when first tasted at the Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting some years ago and this 2010 continues the high standard of Gladstones. First of 6 - next in a year or 2. — 3 months ago

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Hirsch Vineyards

West Ridge Pinot Noir

I’ve been holding off on drinking any of the 2012 vintage from Hirsch because the folks at the winery said this vintage that needed time in the bottle. @Bill Bender’s notes about the 2012 Hirsch Reserve encouraged me to open a bottle, and I’m glad I did. The wine was deep and broad with more earth, forest floor, mushroom, and loamy notes than I have come to expect from Hirsch wines. The structure has settled down and the more beguiling feminine aspects of the West Ridge are now showing themselves. This was fanatic with crispy roast duck at Gideon Ridge. On a side note, I’ll give a plug to that restaurant. IMHO, it’s the best restaurant in the high country, with great food, service and views. Just plan ahead because reservations are often 6-8 weeks out during the summer season. — 3 months ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Boy, we have been drinking good wines this weekend. Another high scoring one. Intense is the key word. Intense in spice, intense in dark, vibrant fruit, and intense in its finish taking you through multiple layers before slowly disappearing and leaving you desperate for more. — 8 months ago

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Trinchero Napa Valley

Central Park West Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Pleasantly surprised! A little high in OH but nice dark fruit combined with smoke and oak. Pleasing texture but a little harsh on the palate. — 3 months ago

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High West Distillery

Very Rare 21 Year 46% ABV Rocky Mountain Rye

Pretty rye with elegance and s finesse finish. Medium bodied and very floral overall, with a range of blooms from lily to rose to orchid to violet and cherry blossom. Very lean and racy, with a dancer’s spirit, flowing effortlessly for a rye of this age. Lacks the signature spice expected, but has a fine tobacco sweetness throughout and a dark raisin streak. — 3 months ago

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Moss Wood

Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

The epitome of Moss Wood. Cassis, Herbs, Brambles, and Tomato bush aromas. A beautiful aged Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon flying high at 23 years of age - at it’s peak. Seamless on the palate still with great intensity and balance - resolved Tannins. Would hold its own with top shelf Left Bank Bordeaux IMO. The winery says 1996 was a 10/10 vintage. My last bottle of 750 ml but the good news is I have a Magnum which I will leave for a few more years and probably consume on my 70th!!! — 4 months ago

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Billy L.

@Bob McDonald -Happy Birthday 70th 🎂 🎁🎉Belated! Looks like you treated yourself well!
Billy L.

Billy L.

@Bob McDonald -Sorry I’m early! Didn’t your read note carefully 🤷🏻‍♂️
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No worries Billy L 👍