Moone Tsai Vineyards

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

[Tasted on July 26, 2022 at Hall’s Chophouse in Nashville with Rachel]

54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 18 months in 30% new oak. Blackberry and black cherry, earth, sage, cigar box with a note of black pepper. chocolate, nice tannins and good balance.
— 2 months ago

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XIV Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

Anybody know that house in the background? — a year ago

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Falcon Crest (aka Spring Mountain)?

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

A beauty. Still young but well balanced. Nice citrus notes with the a hint of fresh green grass and honeysuckle on the nose. Well integrated and balanced with a long finish. A delight. Not bad from a GSB grad 👍🏻 . #moonetsai — 2 years ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XIII Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

50%Cabernet Sauvignon& 50%Merlot ..... doesn't get any better than this. Favorite Blacklist by Moone Tsai! 😃🍷.... stay safe and drink good wine my Delectable friends. — 3 years ago

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A very opulent producer of wine. 👍🍷
Stephen Pierron

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Indeed @David T ! Melka makes some fantastic wine for Moone-Tsai (and Lail Vineyards). I've been a fan of Moone-Tsai for awhile, but their Black List wines are truly exceptional, fun, and delicious! Cheers!! 😃🍷👍

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

Moone Tsai tasting on our Nashville getaway. Started with the Chardonnay. Using our metal travel glasses, so there is no notes on color. The nose gives me an initial impression of the salinity of an ocean breeze over sea water. I also get pineapple on the nose. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. This wine is complex with hints of oak and a notes of creamy bananas foster. This is one of the best Chardonnay’s I’ve had. So much going on. — 3 months ago

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I like their Paige Cuvée Chardonnay.

Calera Wine Company

Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2017

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This was one of my wines from my annual WWC hosting. The other whites were Bereche Brut Reserve for the champagne, a 2015 Bongran EJ Thevent (burgundy) Chardonnay and a 2017 Moone-Tsai Ritchie Chardonnay.

Color me impressed. I have enjoyed Calera’s pinots quite a bit, but I haven’t had as much experience with the Chardonnay’s. It was almost like a Aubert Larry Hyde “lite”. As this was tasted blind, most guessed this was Chardonnay, but lots of back and forth on where it would be from. Initially, this toed the line between steely and slightly oaked with bright citrus, lemon, clean aromatics…but after an hour in the glass, this really bulked up and sported a down-the-middle type medium bodied profile. Not lean, not powerful. The tart lemon turned to a more lemon cream profile with lots of floral/honeysuckle notes, alongside herb crusted yellow fruits. No problem opening now, but I’d love to try another one of these in a few years. 92+
— a year ago

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My general impressions with this vintage as well. Hadn't tasted this wine going back to 2012 but had consistently back to the early 90's. Usually on the leaner fruit side with a big mineral focus paired with a "hot"/high alcohol oomph. Sounds weird but it worked most of the time. This vintage much less "hot" and more balanced but less intense. Miss the old style because it was the only chard from CA that brought that particular vibe.
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@Scott Rose : Good to know. I was really impressed with the balance here.

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Napa Valley Black List Red Blend

Black list XXIV — 6 months ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Leonidas Napa Balley Proprietary Red 2017

Too earthy for me to love it. Enjoyable nonetheless. — 2 years ago

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Black List XXI Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

100% Cab from Soda Canyon and Atlas Peak. Aged for 20 months in 42% New French Oak. Mild tannins and very European in style. Notes of sweet baking spices, tamarind, cedar, vanilla, and black fruit (Blackberries, Cherries, etc.). This one is right up there with Blacklist XIII, which was a 50/50 blend of Cab and Merlot, but very similar in style and structure. — 2 years ago

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