The Holidays require me to open up the cabinets and put out the best for dinner. This year brought about a dilemma, choosing one. After careful consideration and consultation with the wife (who enjoys researching the wines), I chose Moone Tsai Napa cab 2009. Needless to say it was a good choice. Known as one of the “Rock Stars” of the wine world, he has solidified his reputation with Moone Tsai and his own Melka brands. He studied under some of the great wine makers of Bordeaux and Napa. Now he produces some of the best and highly sought after wines in Napa.
2009 was by all known as a great year-pretty much world wide. Moone Tsai exhibits all of the reasons why. Full bodied, highly aromatic balanced and intense. I decanted for three hours–just as an FYI.
As soon as I opened the bottle I thought I had been transported back to the Garden of Eden. Wow, just wow. the aromas took over the house, who needs pot pouri. I could close my eyes and feel that I have been transported.
The dark juice that pours into the glass only hints at what is to come. Slowly the juice draws into my mouth. Instantly the saliva flows. Oh my my. So many flavors all at once. Licorice, cassis, and oh so many berries. My right leg started to shake. Raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, coffee, it just seemed as the kitchen pantry of spices and the fruit keeper were all passing through my senses at once. The finish was long and in depth, never missing a single flavor note. (I think I can still taste it). By decanting for so long I had reduced the tannins and really opened up the flavors. I took a single sip when it was first opened and it was definitely tight. But the decanting process really just opened it up and softened it all around. Pairing it with rare prime rib was just the ticket.
Hope you all had a joyous Christmas. Cheers and
you see my choices. All very very very good wines, and of course the prime rib.