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08 Ch. Montelena Estate Cabernet ($145) ☺☺☺

The Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet has historically been a great wine for cellaring. Occasionally a quick peak early on can reveal how this wine will last and whether the balance and stars are aligned. In this case the wine we drank was probably a bit young but was still very enjoyable. The nose started with black cherries, vanilla, chocolate and hints of leather. In the glass it opens up beautifully and presents a balanced wine with good tannins, spicy black fruit and a hint of liquorice. I think the next time to try this will be in a t least two years and, I for one, am looking forward to it. 

10 MacPhail Wightman Pinot Noir ($55) ☺☺☺☺

The Wightman Vineyard produces 100% Martini Clone Pinot Noir grapes. Combine this unique style with James' skills and you get a Pinot Noir which has fantastic qualities. The initial nose gives off a slightly closed earthy raspberry liquorice style, however when you take that first mouthful the wine expands into great cola and bright maraschino cherries. The finish is long and the tannins robust yet subtle. I have no doubt at all that this will benefit from further cellaring, its also pretty dean good right now with a nice filet steak. Another classic from the MacPhail stable.

06 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($27) ☺☺☺☺

For years Cloudy Bay has been one of my "go to" wines for accompanying seafood at a meal. This 06 vintage just goes to show how the wine can hold up after even 6 year of cellaring. The wonderful nose of gooseberries and grapefruit with a hint of lemon all melding with the passion fruit. With ageing the acidity has mellowed and instead the wine is darker, rounder and has a longer finish. Although priced at the high end of Sauvignon Blanc's it is, in my opinion worth every cent.

© John Holmes 2014