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2008 Moone-Tsai - Hillside Blend Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain - Red

USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain

Red Proprietary Blend
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91
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 156
Author Leftymtb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.179%
Tasted On 02/27/2013
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Author Hal1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.595%
Tasted On 09/22/2012
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Author d-wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 05/27/2012

A lusciously ripe nose of bright cherry and dried herbs introduces this stunning and seductive wine. The dense, concentrated mouth evolves with savory flavors of peppered spice and inky black fruit, while its massive structure hints at the wine's hillside origins. The contribution of 22-months of aging in 60% new French oak is well integrated and layered throughout the wine's considerable length. This is a wine that will seductively reveal itself each time you visit your glass. The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight. Mountain lion and bear tracks are not uncommon finds in this remote hillside vineyard. Varietal Composition: 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Vineyards: Howell Mountain - Block P-1 Production: 253 cases Harvest Date: September 23, 2008 Cooperage: 60% new French oak, 40% 2-yr. oak; François Frères, Billon Bottle Date: February 17, 2011 Release Date: June 2011 Retail Price (750ml): $65/bottle

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