One Eight Distilling

Ocean Eight

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

At East Bay Nasty Women Pinot Noir tasting. This might have been my favorite of the line up. I immediately, confidently (and very incorrectly) called Burgundy (Cote de Beaune) based on the texture—lithe with silky tannins that are ever so slightly rustic on the finish. Lovely purity of fruit - tart red cherry, rhubarb. Savory/herbal finish reminded me of the Sonoma Coast. At one point, the fruit ripeness would have screamed new world but with warmer and dryer recent vintages in Burgundy, that’s no longer a given.

This producer, like nearly everyone else in the world making Pinot outside of burgundy, cited Burgundy as their influence and has spent a good deal of time there, but in this case it really shows. Of course, there are likely details that make this uniquely Mornington-Penninsula-esque and I can’t pretend that I’ve had nearly enough Australian Pinots (shame on me!) to tell you what those are. This is one of the coolest growing regions in Australia, and these vines are grown in soils with a high % of sand.
Found this photo via search as I forgot to snap a bottle shot. I *think* the vintage was 2016.
— a month ago

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Rabbit Hole Distilling

Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The wheated one - excellent — 8 months ago

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Nikka Whisky Distilling Company

Coffey Grain Whisky

Still, still, still one of my very favorite whiskys!!! — 9 months ago

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McDowell Valley Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon 1978


Given to Warren years ago and opened for first post COVID dinner 5/29/21 with the usual crew of eight who were class of ‘78. Surprisingly no hint of the metallic notes I remembered but just that complex evolving swirl of flavors of these old Cabs on the nose and palate with lingering finish. Joy to drink. Probably the last one. — a year ago

Six Eight Seven

Jumilla Marionette 2013

Very good, slightly tart, dry and juicy, one of my favs! — 5 months ago


Cuvée Phéérie Champagne Chardonnay 2012

Light clear straw color in the glass. A fine stream of minuscule bubbles. A very precise and fine mousse with underlying creaminess. You immediately get the message that this is really a very nice Chablis with bubbles. The nose is initially dominated by bright and lively citrus fruits that are just plain uplifting. Some really nice gingerbread and cinnamon aromas begin to emerge slowly. A kick of white pepper and butter. This is one you could honestly just take in for a long time.

A Blanc de Blancs from Grand Cru territory in Tours-sur-Marne. Aged for eight years and disgorged in November of 2020. With a Brut dosage of 6.5 g/l, the acidity is not bracing but it sure is present and welcome. The vinous nature of this champagne is exceptional. Just so nice and clearly terroir driven. Impressive complexity and depth to be found here.

On the palate, there’s a bit of smoky wood to get the party started. Yellow apples and quince, along with pears and peaches. Orange peel and mango shine. A bit of chalk and wet stone minerality just for added measure. This performed well in the Riedel Winewings Champagne glass, allowing it the air to truly blossom.
— 6 months ago

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La Rioja Alta

Centenario Rioja Tempranillo 1973

Highlight wine at Old Rioja Wine Dinner. Little history on the bottle: it's part of a special lot that was to be released on the 100th anniversary of La Rioja Alta and a blend of 85% Tempranillo with some Mazuelo, Graciano and Viura. It was aged for twenty four months in large oak vats, then for ten years in 18-20 year old barriques and finally bottled in 1986 to be released in 1990 in commemoration of the Wineries Centenary Anniversary… Forty eight years after harvest the wine is pure pleasure. Beautiful brownish/reddish color with scents of rose petals, boysenberry, musk, forest floor, mushroom and old leather on the nose. On the pallet, the oak, tannings and fruit are completely integrated; very docile yet seductive. A true gem and one of the most interesting wines I've ever tasted. — 8 months ago

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Old Bardstown Distilling Company

Kentucky Straight Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey

New one for me and made a killer whisky sour, perfect for watching the 49ers beat Green Bay lol. — 5 months ago

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Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Presented blind alongside two wines from Bordeaux and one other wine from Napa. All wines were opened eight hours prior to service, decanted and immediately returned to their respective bottles. The wine pours a deep ruby color with a translucent core. Medium+ viscosity. Medium+ intensity with a mix of red fruits, some tart dark fruits, eucalyptus, and holiday fruit cake. The nose alone already had me thinking Martha’s. On the palate, the wine is dry with developing vinosity. Confirming the red fruits and tart dark fruits along with a menthol note that seems to linger on the finish. Now I was certain this was Martha’s. Medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. The wine has a very attractive freshness to it. Called the 2014 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard. This is a baby with decades of life left. — 7 months ago

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Carneros Pinot Noir 1994

Holey Shinoley Batbrain another amazing save! figured I'd be dumping this one along with its brethren on the shelf into my fine wine vinegar barrel but instead someone slipped in at some point and replaced the contents with a fine premier cru burgundy . . Reminiscent of a Mid90s Charles Dugat Gevrey Clos St Jacques . . and is drinking like an a-point seven year old instead of it's 26 current years of age . . slight and bring out the rim; solid plum and some Asian spice notes, evolved secondary and some tertiary notes, tinge of barnyard that helps a pair with the 36 hours sous vide braised then flash fried elk tongue I am pairing it with . .  perfect balance of fruit and acidity, long long long lingering finish -- what a fabulous surprise . . I would've been delighted had it been that vinetard designated premier crew burgundy at a couple hundred bucks, but to open some thing like this for probably eight dollars and change when I bought it makes the smile slightly broader. Happy I have more 😁🍷 — 8 months ago