' Moone Tsai - Current Releases

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After inspecting the wine’s deep ruby hues, one is quickly drawn to its alluring aromatics of bold mountain fruit, redolent with black cherry, plum and hints of earth and savory sage. The attack does not demur, expounding with notes of crushed blackberries, cassis, graphite, cedar and baking spices in an arcing narrative that announces the fabled story of Howell Mountain itself, from which the rich history and great traditions of Napa Valley winemaking originate. Aged 22 months in 42% new French Oak, the wine divulges a delicious dialectic of depth, density, and dimension; striking, and strident upon introduction; knowingly forthright with grainy tannins through the mid-palate, only to finish satisfyingly in wizened and soulful repose. While comparisons may be made between artisan winemaking and the care applied to establishing a well patinaed leather jacket (Steve McQueen’s favorite Belstaff Racer; or Marlon Brando’s Schott One Perfecto made famous in The Wild One), one cannot help but hear the incomparable Joe Walsh beckoning us with his oft-touted refrain*, …customarily offered in concert with a toast made to fine friends and family over a thoughtfully prepared meal, tasty wines and easy conversation:

I go to parties sometimes until four
It's hard to leave when you can't find the door
It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed

They say I'm lazy but it takes all my time
(Everybody say oh yeah, oh yeah)
I keep on goin' guess I'll never know why
*Life's been good to me so far
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 Deeply dark ruby with an alluringly inky opacity in the glass; our first-ever Moone Tsai Petite Sirah reveals itself as a beguiling siren that will compel double-takes from first glimpse to final finish. Gorgeously expressive on the nose, the wine invites immediate attention…teasing the nose with sultry suggestions of black and blue fruits, violets, and earth. The wine’s attack does not demur, taking hold with hints of ripe black plum, black cherry, kirsch, licorice, and lightly toasted oak. Fine supple tannins and a pleasing acidity complete the wine, with 42% new French oak (22 months) framing a superbly balanced, lusciously layered wine that finishes with a teasing sensuality and élan. While comparisons to remarkably memorable divas might inspire some debate, we suggest pairing this Palisades-pleaser with some recorded selections from the especially fair and fetching Grammy-Award-winning songstress, the incomparable Diana Krall.
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While the ample rains of winter and filtered light of spring/summer pushed bud break and flowering later than expected, the balance of the 2018 growing season approached ideal conditions, making for a plentiful and even fruit set that effected phenomenal phenolic development with exceptional fruit complexity and yields. The end result was a vintage that compares with the finest experienced through the decade. Part and parcel to these conditions, our 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay serves as an appropriate Tenth Anniversary tribute to Philippe’s first-ever chardonnay, Moone Tsai’s inaugural 2009 vintage.
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Lemon/straw-hued upon inspection, our 2018 vintage of this coveted chardonnay speaks glowingly to its fabled Sonoma Coast origins just miles from the Russian River and the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean. Demure on the nose, notes of star jasmine invite inspection, giving way to hints of tropical fruit and ripe pear. The wine’s attack encourages further examination, greeting the palate with nods to white nectarine, lilikoi, sweet oak and a suggestion of (Oh!) bananas foster. Whole cluster-pressed, barrel-fermented (partial malolactic fermentation), and aged 16-months sur lie in 45% new French oak, the wine displays a notable freshness and focus through a pleasing acidity and delicate structure. Radiant with aplomb and grace, one is reminded of a young Gwyneth Paltrow in her Oscar-winning role as Viola de Lesseps in the fanciful depiction of love behind the curtain, Shakespeare in Love. Summoned by unforeseen circumstances to rescue the doomed premiere of Romeo & Juliet, Viola is compelled to walk-on to a proscribed stage debut, and does so, unflinchingly in Act-1, Scene-3,…the crescendo to this film’s fanciful narrative, that in 1999, triumphantly went on to claim seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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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, this charming chardonnay brings to mind our older daughter, Paige, for whom this most remarkable wine is named.

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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.
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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.”
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