2017 Hillside Red Blend

Tasting Notes

The deep, dark, ruby red hues of this sublime offering invite auspicious anticipation. True to its Howell Mountain heritage, bold and vibrantly expressive flavors of ripe black and red fruit, with hints of anise and sweet spices abound. While the expectation that attends its pedigreed terroir and adroit winemaking sets a high bar, the 2017 vintage of our most storied wine stands and delivers. Indeed, cued by the wine’s alluring nose, the attack is marked with gravitas and vigor. Ripe blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and hints of juniper berry and baking spices lead to an assertive mid-palate …whose deftly applied oak framing presages a “call of the wild” that will be barely contained. Throaty, brooding and almost feral, the wine’s underlying power awaits to be unleashed by those who favor big, bold striking wines built for power and purpose. Sleek, brawny, and sensuous without caring to be stylish or trendy, the wine invites comparison to the classic American muscle cars whose street legality may someday be challenged.

The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor, located just outside the Rancho. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight.

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis

This remarkable cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as Moone Tsai’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the “Heart of the Lion.”

Tasting Notes
Deeply dark-ruby red in the glass, the glorious outcome to 2016’s nearly perfect growing season is on fine display in this eleventh vintage of our signature cabernet. With a steady, mild July and August, followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, our vineyard blocks were able to progress to exquisite ripeness. Emboldened by these conditions, aromas of black fruit, finely milled oak, cherry cola and hints of eucalyptus signal “Game-ON!”, while surreptitiously providing only a glimpse of the wine’s attack that lies patiently in wait. Teasing flavors of ripe blackberry, cassis, pomegranate and cocoa nib taunt the palate against the backdrop of a handsomely-muscled structure defined by finely grained tannins and sweet oak. Displaying remarkable balance, layered complexity and delicate acidity; the wine’s hallmarks of power, agility and finesse reveal themselves, allowing for a gracefully arcing stride to a lengthy and triumphant finish. Admiring the phenomenally gifted Giannis Antetokounmpo (a.k.a. the “Greek Freak”) gliding through the NBA’s hardwood en route to one of his gravity-defying leaps through the paint; one can’t help but think that the Milwaukee Buck’s power forward-unicorn and our signature Cabernet may have something in common.

Anonymous 2017 Napa Valley Red Blend

Inspired by the artist whose craft takes him under the blanket of darkness into the dark of night creating works only revealed when illuminated at sunrise. His style is unique and complex. His palette is colorful and bold. Many know his work but his true identity is concealed.

Anonymous is a multifaceted, Bordeaux-style red blend that is brilliantly composed into nothing short of a masterpiece.

This wine is complex and full bodied, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate. The finish is long, accented by notes of toasted vanilla & subtle sweet oak.

⋅ 5-Time Gold Medal winner
⋅ 92pts – Critics Intl. Challenge

Triumph 2017 Sonoma Red Blend

Triumph is a Bordeaux-style red blend composed of a melting pot of distinctive grape varietals. Layered in the right proportions they form a unified, exquisitely complex, and flavor-rich wine.

⋅ 90pts – Jeb Dunnuck 

⋅ 94pts – Sunset Wine Competition 

⋅ Best in Class Harvest Challenge 2018 

⋅ 8-time Gold Medal winner

GRAND BAROSSA RED BLEND 2017

Lifted aromas of blackberry, plum and black pepper are accompanied by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate. The finish is long with fine – grained tannins, from maturation in a combination of new and seasoned American and French Oak barrels.

2017 “Quinta Regio” Marche I.G.T.

Intense ruby colour. Complex aroma with a note of ripe fruit, pleasantly spicy in harmony with the delicate nuances derived from refining in wood. Full-flavoured, rich and robust on the palate, with a balanced tannic backbone.

2020 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir

An expressive garnet, this opulent, lively Pinot Noir has layers of black currant, wild berry and hibiscus with a touch of dried rose petal and cola aromas. Vibrant flavors of bright black cherry, plum, dried cranberries and a wisp of clove are framed by fine tannins. The mouthwatering acidity and structured layers of pure Pinot Noir fruit lingers through the energetic, finish.

92 Points Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast

2017 The Humidor Cabernet Sauvignon

This California Cabernet is dense, rich and enormously concentrated with aromas of sage, cedar espresso, and mocha. Aged in American and French oak barrels, the wine manages to satisfy all your senses while a jammy texture softens up its bold tannins, over-indulging any palate with its generous finish. As always, drink this wine with good friends and good food or drink it alone, in your room, with the door closed…You are the boss!