' Moone Tsai - Current Releases

Current Releases


The wait is over. Here comes 98-points…inviting your unblinking gaze not to wander from its deeply sensual ruby hues. The nose of this noble offering is true to its Howell Mountain heritage: vibrant, bold and deliciously expressive of ripe black fruit, Bing cherry, and licorice, with hints of juniper berry and baking spices. While the expectation that comes with its pedigreed terroir and adroit winemaking sets an awfully high bar, the 2016 vintage of our most storied wine stands and delivers. On the attack, the greeting announces the wine’s arrival with gravitas and vigor. Ripe black fruit, licorice and hints of juniper berry and baking spices make for an ignition point that is brazenly throaty and cocksure. Aged 25 months in 50% new French Oak, the wine beckons beyond its framed oak confines to issue its “call of the wild”. Brooding and brutish, the wine shows restrained power and aggressiveness to be unleashed without restraint among collectors who dare. Sleek, powerful, brooding, and seductive without caring to be stylish, the wine invites comparison to the new American muscle cars whose street legality should likely be revoked. To engage another sense, we invite you to visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOqdQUOTjV0
$139.00 per Bottle
 While the whimsy of Mother Nature was on full display during the 2017 growing season, the hallmarks of brilliant fruit borne by the remarkable Ritchie Vineyard in the storied Russian River Valley glisten gloriously in the glass. Hints of floral aromas combine with a subtle grassiness and citrus notes to announce the wine’s arrival. Beyond this olfactory greeting, the wine further entices with suggestions of white nectarine, lilikoi, toast, and lemon zest. Barrel-fermented and aged 16-months in 37% new French Oak, the wine is delicately oaked, and further reveals a soft layering of texture and flavors, enhanced by a pleasing acidity and subtle richness. Showing an alluring depth and nuanced complexity at this delightful stage of gilded youthfulness, the wine brings to mind the emerging talents of the gifted screen performer, Brie Larson, who in the memorable film, Room, dazzled us all to secure her place in Oscar-history as the Academy Award winning Best Actress for 2015.
$99.00 per Bottle
The bright ruby red hues Corinne Cuvée’s inaugural vintage signal the arrival of Moone Tsai’s foray into pinot noir. Aromas of ripe red fruits, complemented by hints of rose petal and fresh herbs mark the wine’s alluring nose. This salutation extends on the attack, inviting inspection by way of ripe wild cherry and raspberry notes, accented by suggestions of black tea, earth and shaved graphite. Fermented in open-top stainless-steel tanks, and aged 16-months in 70% new French Oak, the wine reveals a soft layering of texture, flavors and a delicate acidity. True to its namesake, Corinne, this memorable first offering is pretty and bright, with a fetching freshness, and vitality that will enhance any occasion with delightful anticipation.
$99.00 per Bottle
 With a delicate nose of white flowers, green apple and citrus, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay invites eager inspection. On the palate, the wine beckons reservedly at first, offering soft-spoken hints of fresh white peach laced with tropical fruit, citrus, lightly toasted brioche, and wet stone. Barrel-fermented, and aged 16-months in 37% new French oak, this delicate offering summons fond memories of early summer nights when the sun is low in the evening sky, and the horizon begins to devolve into twilight’s inimitable dusky hues. Light on its feet on the attack, with a pleasing minerality and freshness through to the finish, the wine demonstrates a restrained vitality, coolness, and grace reminiscent of the doe-like athleticism and demeanor of the ever-lovely Venus Williams, the “other” Williams-sister of the famed tennis-duo, who in her own manner and style, managed to amass over twenty Grand Slam titles over an illustrious Hall of Fame career.
$79.00 per Bottle
The whims of Mother Nature were on full display during the 2017 growing season…marked by ample winter rains, a mild spring, hail in June, and intermittent waves of summer heat. A third and final temperature spike in early September compelled a spirited pick from our hallmark block on Bald Mountain, with the end result being a delightfully delicious chardonnay displaying both richness and resolve. On the nose, the wine expresses notes of star jasmine and citrus, giving way to flavors that tempt the palate with a pleasing panoply of lemon candy, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, and (wait for it…), a suggestion of bananas foster and crème brulée. Aged 17-months in 30% new French oak, the wine demonstrates a pleasingly light acidity to provide refreshing counterpoint that balances the wine just so, …from start-to-finish. Teasingly inviting but refined in a way that memorable white burgundies can often be, the wine conjures up the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac’s sultry singer-songwriter, Christine McVie, who in her memorable hit, “You Make Loving Fun” compelled many of us who “never did believe in the ways of magic” to “…begin to wonder why.”
$79.00 per Bottle
 Tasting Notes
The deep ruby red hues of our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet combine with suggestive aromas of black and red fruit and spice…to signal a fragrant alert to the senses. Center-stage, flavors of blackberry, Bing cherry, and dried cranberry arrive en-pointe, with touches of tamarind, anise, pepper, and graphite further piquing the palate. With the wine’s backbone hailing from hillside sites found in the upper and lower reaches of Napa Valley, a fresh minerality and vivacity keynote the wine’s pleasing acidity and elegantly delineated structure. Twenty months of barrel-aging in 40% new French oak frame the wine with dexterity, enabling a graceful and lengthy finish. Agile, pretty, long, and focused, this lovely vintage of our calling-card Cabernet brings to mind the remarkable talents of the acclaimed actress, Natalie Portman, who in in her marquee role as prima ballerina, Nina, earned her first Academy Award as Best Actress, in the unforgettable 2010 film, Black Swan.


$99.00 per Bottle