Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.4181 ratings
9.426 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.4

It was great but the Myraid Cab was better and not as good as the last time I had it

Now that said I would not be embarrassed or kick it out of the bed (excuse the analogy in these days of
#metoo) but just unfortunately had a stronger competitor last night

Still I think the wine is beautiful with a highly structured palette and silky tannins made it smooth but lacking in the boldness I wanted and the finish was not extraordinary

That said I love it and recommend it and even though it will cellar I am not sure it will get better so drink it if you got it

Big smiles last night

It was great but the Myraid Cab was better and not as good as the last time I had it

Now that said I would not be embarrassed or kick it out of the bed (excuse the analogy in these days of
#metoo) but just unfortunately had a stronger competitor last night

Still I think the wine is beautiful with a highly structured palette and silky tannins made it smooth but lacking in the boldness I wanted and the finish was not extraordinary

That said I love it and recommend it and even though it will cellar I am not sure it will get better so drink it if you got it

Big smiles last night

Mar 4th, 2018
Heather Radano

Absolutely delicious and luxurious, like liquid velvet. Did not decant it. Had it with a baguette and some Brie.

Absolutely delicious and luxurious, like liquid velvet. Did not decant it. Had it with a baguette and some Brie.

4 people found it helpfulJan 10th, 2015
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.5

Ready for some blatant honesty? This '12 Moone Tsai is drinking so well right now that I opened one yesterday...and another one tonight. Sure, MT's wines are known to age well, but to me this wine is peaking at this absolute moment. As in on August, 2 2016! Drink one right now, and thank me tomorrow...

Ready for some blatant honesty? This '12 Moone Tsai is drinking so well right now that I opened one yesterday...and another one tonight. Sure, MT's wines are known to age well, but to me this wine is peaking at this absolute moment. As in on August, 2 2016! Drink one right now, and thank me tomorrow...

3 people found it helpfulAug 3rd, 2016
Andrew Kleinhans

Wow

3 people found it helpfulJun 13th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Nice full soft body. Fruits are round ruby creamy and lush. There's nearly no bite in this 13. Tannins are full but round and easy on the palate. Blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, blueberries, oak is done just right, rich black moist soil, minerals are very relaxed. Acidity is dead on and finish is long and beautiful.

Nice full soft body. Fruits are round ruby creamy and lush. There's nearly no bite in this 13. Tannins are full but round and easy on the palate. Blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, blueberries, oak is done just right, rich black moist soil, minerals are very relaxed. Acidity is dead on and finish is long and beautiful.

1 person found it helpfulSep 18th, 2016
Kyle Groombridge

A gift from Larry Tsai himself! Beautifully structured Cabernet.. red fruits galore on the nose, with a hint of cinnamon, and milk chocolate as it opens up in glass. Rich redcurrant on the pallet with a touch of pipe tobacco.. lovely stuff as always!

A gift from Larry Tsai himself! Beautifully structured Cabernet.. red fruits galore on the nose, with a hint of cinnamon, and milk chocolate as it opens up in glass. Rich redcurrant on the pallet with a touch of pipe tobacco.. lovely stuff as always!

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2015
Patrick Derdeyn

Incredible balance. Showing purity of fruit, but not over extracted. Particularly restrained given the vintage. Tannins are already softened, oak is relatively mild, heat isn't noticeable. Nice showing, will definitely try more of these.

Incredible balance. Showing purity of fruit, but not over extracted. Particularly restrained given the vintage. Tannins are already softened, oak is relatively mild, heat isn't noticeable. Nice showing, will definitely try more of these.

Jan 16th, 2017
Michael Callahan

Very smooth and well balanced. Dark fruit. Cocoa and chocolate. 9.2

Very smooth and well balanced. Dark fruit. Cocoa and chocolate. 9.2

Jan 16th, 2017
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.4

I love Moone-Tsai (it's pronounced "Chai", by the way). For a Philippe Melka wine, I find them to be very under the radar. Their 2012s are exceptional - among the best in Napa Valley

I love Moone-Tsai (it's pronounced "Chai", by the way). For a Philippe Melka wine, I find them to be very under the radar. Their 2012s are exceptional - among the best in Napa Valley

Feb 18th, 2016
Danica Sattui

2012 Moone Tsai- Black List Vll
Great body and smooth moth feel! Mmmmm

2012 Moone Tsai- Black List Vll
Great body and smooth moth feel! Mmmmm

Nov 25th, 2015