Bear Creek Winery

Alaskan Port Blend

This Port-style wine is made from 100% Muscadine grapes, but the winemaker says they were not Alaska-grown. The wholesaler which provided the juice to him could not pinpoint where they were grown. The Muscadine grape is fairly popular in the humid southeastern states.
I’ve had Muscadine wine before - from Alabama - and it was less than spectacular. This wine is actually pretty good. The nose is huge with strawberry and a mercifully faint whiff of Muscadine. The palate is close to great. Alcohol at 17% abv keeps things lively, while the earthy red fruit flavor hits a nice savory note.
— 9 days ago

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@Randy Fuller Randy I had no idea that anyone was producing wine in Alaska, Wow beer yes and some good ones but I never would have thought Wine.
Stay safe and healthy Cheers 🍷
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Sunbury Shiraz 2012

Mid Ruby in colour. Aromas of cherry, spice and mushrooms with a note of dried meat. White pepper on the palate but not much on the nose strangely enough. Medium weight palate - northern Rhone in style - very different to the fruit driven styles in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. For around 35 years this has been one of my favourite reds in Australia. Wine was first made on this site in the 1860’s. Pat Carmody and his wife Dianne replanted the site in 1976 retaining the beautiful old blue stone gravity fed winery from the 19th century. An icon of Australian wine from small production - probably not a lot exported. This is the first of 6 purchased, so great times ahead! — 21 days ago

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Dona Antonia 20 Years Old Tawny Porto

Ethereal. Brown sugar, bitter almond, citrus rind. Racy, too. — 9 days ago

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Quartz Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2010

Mid Lemon in colour. Notes of orange peel and meal with leesy notes. On the palate citrus and ripe grapefruit flavours - intensity is profound. It might be 10 years of age but is still fresh, tight and light on its feet yet showing 10 years of complexity. No doubt one of the best Chardonnays in Australia from this quartz strewn vineyard in Mt Macedon planted in 1988. Like a Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru IMO where you could add another nought to the price. — 2 days ago

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864 Block A6 Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Mid lemon in colour. Some mealy funky notes. On the palate sweet citrus on palate with profound intensity and very long with medium plus acidity. Blossoming at 8 years of age from one of Australia’s best Chardonnay makers and Chair of the Royal Brisbane Wine Show, David Bicknell. Post fermentation from 30% new French Oak barrels the wine was sulphured in situ to prevent malo conversion and preserve the natural high acidity. The following night overtones of pineapple juice. — 5 days ago

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20 Year Old Tawny Porto

Brown sugar, vanilla, toasted almonds, nice acidity. Pure pleasure. — 3 days ago

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Luke Lambert

Crudo Shiraz 2019

Loved this. Meaty/funky whole bunch, great fruit density. Black/blue fruited, tannin a highlight - fine but builds beautifully. Herbal, savoury and long. Amazing value at $24 in 6 (and 13.5% to boot). — 10 days ago

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Yabby Lake Vineyard

Single Block Release Block 1 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2012

Lovely perfume - evidence of whole bunch - Asian spices. Barb who is a keen gardener said “Sweet Pea, Compost Heap and Twigs”. On the palate red cherries and plums - a succulent mouth filling texture. A really good Pinot Noir and the first Pinot to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy at Royal Melbourne in 2013, in controversial circumstances over the Giant Steps entry. Sold out in days after it won “The Jimmy “ - only 3836 bottles made says the label. — 6 days ago

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@TheSkip Good to hear from you Dr Skip. Hope you and family are well in these uncertain times. I was lucky to get a few bottles of this. Have 1 left to be drunk later this year.


You were lucky!
I recall your daughter was in nyc? I hope all is well there!
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She has moved to Copenhagen and bunkered down there. My son Hugh is in NYC and bunkered down in Williamsburg working from home for the past 3 weeks. Thanks for asking.

Mount Mary

Quintet Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

Cassis, blackberry and other black and red fruits. Medium bodied palate with Medium plus intensity. Soft fluid resolved tannins- a little grainy. I have always thought that Mount Mary is the most Bordeaux-like of Australian Cabernets. I think I will drink my remaining 2 bottles in the next 2 to 3 years. — 16 days ago

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@Ron R Agreed Ron. Although Robert Parker never liked them - probably not big enough for Parker.
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@Bob McDonald, in my mind, this producer is the poster child for subtlety and restraint, which is the opposite of what RP is known for. He’s missing out!


Alchemy Geelong White Blend 2015

Funky town!!
Nose throws you off but the palate draws you in.
— 13 days ago

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