Mission Hill Family Estate

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Although I own a few younger Kistler, and have only really TASTED Kistler with 6+ years of age on it, this was a nice contrast. I can tell why some prefer these like this and why some prefer these with some age. This wine was a bit more acidic up front than I thought it would be. Had a nice mango and melon profile with some dried nut, herb and popcorn kernel going on, and was getting a tiny bit of tropical fruit to the back, but the body of this wine was a bit on the jagged side even on the finish although the finish was a bit more velvety. I can definitely see how this jagged quality would tone down after 5 + years so for those who appreciate this with a softer quality, you've got a bit of a wait ahead of you. — 17 hours ago

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One of the younger Kistlers I’ve had, so no surprise there was bracing acidity up front. Packed full of mango, guava, stone fruits and savory popcorn kernel aromatics. Sharp. A deep herbal/white flower density on the mid palate. The finish almost had a chalky limestone note before it had an added citrus/lemon characteristic.
9.3

Itata Tierra Antigua

A Los Viñateros Bravos Volcanico Pais Mission

Delicious and interstellar light red. Must have been popular as was Cookshop’s last bottle. — a month ago

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Ravenswood Winery

Old Hill Single Vineyard Zinfandel 1996

What a nice surprise. A tasty aged Zinfandel from Sonoma, California.

Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, cedar, leather, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, coffee, cola, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with a great mouthfeel.

Long finish with firm, grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great wine. At 23 years of age, it has enough to last for another 10 more years. Tastes like a Napa Bordeaux blend.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

This Single Vineyard is good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

Yummy and delicious.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50 (current vintage).
— 19 days ago

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Sounds delicious!
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It sure was 🍷

Kuhlman Cellars

Estate Grown Texas Hill Country Roussanne 2018

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9.1

I agree with @Mark Flesher in how this will hold, and improve, for quite a while, which is so impressive for TX fruit! This wine is more savory and herbal than most other white wines. In fact, the aromatics here remind me of some blonde or wheat beers. Hay/grassy/wheaty note with herbs and crushed limestone. Acidic backbone. Grilled lemon, more crushed rock/mineral, and additional hay/straw. Another impressive TX wine from Kuhlman. — 18 days ago

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Hey why don’t you and @Mark Flesher and @Shawn R start your own off line (from Delectable) blog on Texas wine and leave us with the other 49 states and @Shay A you can continue to post Maryland Albariño 🤠🐮🐴🌪🌵⭐️🏈⛽️ 🎚🍷
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@Bill Bender : 😂 I’ll have you be our guest poster

Chappellet

Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 ‘Pritchard Hill’ Cabernet Sauvignon by Chappellet is a stunning new wine by this storied Napa winery. Sourced from their estate vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 22 months in new French oak prior to bottling. This bold, yet elegant wine shows very dark aromas of espresso bean, tar, cassis and anise that all collide in the glass. The palate shows off a silky texture, yielding both incredible tension and viscosity. Black cherry compote, mocha, anise, cigar ash and chocolate covered black raspberry flavors all impress on the palate. The exceedingly long finish lingers long on the palate. While exceptional in its youth, this esteemed wine will only improve with extended bottle age. Drink 2020-2040- 97 — 4 days ago

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One of my favorites.

Tapanappa

Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Amongst a selection of top level pinot including Beaune 1er Cru, top level Oregon pinot and a new flagship Tapanappa pinot, this really stood out. Maybe the favourite for a few people at lunch. It’s absolutely cracking and in a good place now, with years of potential ahead but also beautiful drinking today. Fragrant “pinosity” with some weight and depth. Red and blue fruit with savoury characters. Superb. — a day ago

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Chateau Chantal

Proprietor's Reserve Trio Red Blend 2016

The two Bordeaux varieties and one from Burgundy give the wine its characteristics - smoke and spice from the Merlot, full fruit and herbs from the Cab Franc and a tart finish from the Pinot. The Pinot shows much more than 1% might suggest. Smoke, herbs and red fruit are abundant, but the Pinotesque notes of cola and black tea deliver a solid smack. Cool climate rings true here in a delightful wine. — a month ago

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Mission Hill Family Estate

Okanagan Valley VQA Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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9.0

Like an old friend this wine from a prestigious Okanagan winery is always approachable, never pretentious, great to spend an evening with and never lets you down. Cheers 🍷🇨🇦 — a month ago

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@David T David Thanks the Okanagans are getting every vintage Cheers 🍷🇨🇦

Walter Scott

Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Bit of reduction, smoke, flint, citrus, pear, mineral, intense acidity ⚡️😍⚡️👌 — 13 days ago

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Ken is killing it with his Chards
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@Michael Meyer he sure is - just visited a couple months ago! Cheers!
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Ooohh fun! I like his philosophy about winemaking, access to great grapes, and solid experience with elite labels and vineyards. Plus a great guy. I need to plan a trip!

Tapanappa

Definitus Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2017

Gorgeous, delicate wine with strong bones. The smoky stemminess is present, reminiscent of the 2017 Foggy Hill, but with more refinement. Fine tannins, precise acid line. It’s drinking beautifully today at release (especially with duck!), but the aged Foggy Hill alongside it speaks of the incredible potential. — a day ago

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I must get around this!
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You definitely must! And you’ve reminded me that I’m overdue for a S+S visit. Also looking forward to opening a 2006 S+S Pinot Noir that I pulled out of the cellar the other day — will be a good comparison with recent tastings of Barratt and Golding.