Kai Winery

Thymiopoulos Vineyards

Gi kai Ouranos Xinomavro 2018

A favourite — possibly THE favourite — Greek red. Balanced, intense but with subtleties — 3 months ago

Weingut Schätzel

Niersteiner Olberg Riesling GG 2018

Lyle Fass

Gorgeous wine and the most accessible young GG out there. Stunning in 18. Nose of lime blossom, white flowers, apricot, citrus, tangerine, huge mineral backbone, haunting and layered. Juicy and complex a wonderful tactile sweetness and then salty with huge acids and freshness. Balanced and so so pure. Explosive and juicy with insane energy and that tactile tensile sweetness. This is so good. I think Kai has perfected his style in 2018. Amazing palate presence and delicacy. — 2 years ago

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Demuth Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

This is such a dynamic site. 1600ft above the valley floor, Wente clone on AXR-1 rootstock planted in 1982. This has white Burgundy nods written all over it in opening it tonight on 6/20/2019. Cheers John & Kai!

This is delish and the remaining bottles that capture this vineyard’s site expression still out there in the wild are worth celebrating.
— 2 years ago

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Folle Old Vine Primitivo di Manduria

Ample aroma. Quite concentrated. Deep. Sweet. Raisin. Rich volume @, Kai, 190406 — 3 years ago


Guarda Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2017

OST o Hawai’i Kai — 2 years ago


Syrah 2013

I'll start off by saying that I think less-than-ideal storage conditions marred this tasting with Kai. It's a struggle here really because I really like their Malaysian importer. I can understand the difficulties in maintaining an effective cold chain in Malaysia, so I sincerely hope this gets better.

Having said that, this was my favorite in Kai's line-up despite the slightly advanced wine. Good perfume, sporting smokey black fruits, herbs, spices, violets, and wood (which was a touch distracting). I felt the palate should have been livelier - dark-fruited, spicy, and earthy, with heavy charred notes permeating throughout. The finish has a lot fruit sweetness, with a lick of caramel and balsamic. Nice wine, though not one I'd actively seek.

To be frank I think too much oak was used here, but not in the same liberty as in Barossa Shiraz. It's more like Guigal vs Gonon... maybe that's a bit extreme... Jamet vs Gonon... though not quite right still. I like Kai, but I gotta follow my palate at times like this.
— 2 years ago

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Château Brane-Cantenac

Grand Cru Classé en 1855 Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Animal flavor. Leather. Still elegant and acidic. But when opening, cork stripped to inside of bottle. That means. 1982 @, Kai - JH, 190406-190601 — 3 years ago

Domaine Bruno Clair

Clos du Fonteny Monopole Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2015

Elegant, like Lignier's Chaffots, but less tense and more round. Kai reckons it's due to some premature development (due to less than ideal storage), which I agreed. For a 15', the fruit should have been livelier, especially from this producer. Still delightful. Bouquet of dried strawberries, black cherries, cedar, and earth. The palate has a inner sweetness. Intense minerality permeates the mid-palate. Finishes with candied orange and earthy notes. Shorter, compared to the Lignier. Definitely the weaker pino of the night, but that might not have been the case if we had a perfect bottle 😉 — 2 years ago

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Schlossgut Diel

Burg Layer Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2018

Brief notes from the VDP auctions, so take this with a grain of salt. Classic kabi and one of my favourites this auction. Juicy yellow stone fruits, herbs, racy acidity, impressive length. Very elegant.

NB: Kabi's from this set of auctions have been somewhat disappointing (looking at you Egon), but surprisingly, the Bad Krueznach auction delivered on some really classic and delicious kabi's, most of which went for reasonable prices. This kabi, the Goldloch from Joh. Bapt. Schafer (best value buy imo), the Kirchspiel from Groebe, Kai Schatzel's Pettenthal, and of course, the Keller Schubertslay. From the Mosel, I only really enjoyed the kabi's from Fritz Haag, Clemens Busch, and Grunhaus, but I felt they were playing on a lower level. Would be good to taste all these together again to compare.
— 2 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Lucky man.
George Doolan

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Interesting note much appreciated
Aaron Tan

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@George Doolan The Schafer kabi's awesome, but like last year... Weak prices. He needs to up his PR game 🤣

Château Siran

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1983

Elegant. Slightly leather flavor. Enough concentration. It takes more time to wake up? Still lots of tanning. 2nd day, I could feel the taste over the time from. Tar like. 1983 @, Kai - JH, 190406-190810 — 3 years ago