Mike Muirhead
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
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Sometimes it is good to revisit an old friend that you haven't spoken to in a while. It had been over a year since I tried our #1 selling Cab in the store. It wont be a year before I try it again. Checks all the boxes - Blackberry, Red Fruits, Rich, Full, Long finish, easy to love. There is a reason it is on top!!
United States, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a community rating of 95/100
Great value, and a great wine. If you haven't tried Vinho Verde - you are missing out! Low alcohol, slightly effervescent, with great lime zest, white flowers and a fresh zippy finish. Its natural pairing is with oysters, but great aperitif, or with your salad course.
Portugal, with a community rating of 88/100
Mike Muirhead added a rating for Calzadilla Matelot.
I'm a sucker for Grenache Blanc - and this one lives up to my expectations!! Rich and opulent on the palate - lots of fresh melon, creamsoda, and a long persistent finish. Had with herbed sous-vide chicken. V-good!
Spain, Garnacha Blanca/ Grenache blanc, with a community rating of 91/100
Mike Muirhead is friends with Lisa Clark.
A favourite of mine. This Vermentino is great now, and going to be great in a few more years as well. Lemon drop, waxy, complex palate that will gain some weight as it develops. Have a couple for now, a couple for later in the cellar.
Italy » Tuscany, with a community rating of 93/100
Mike Muirhead added notes for Matsu El Recio.
Wow. Yummy. Had the best of old world complexity and new world fruit, with a healthy dose of vanilla from the American oak. A new favourite!
Spain » Castilla Y Leon » Toro, Tempranillo, with a community rating of 94/100
I tend to avoid Zin - bad choice, I forgot how diverse this grape can be. This new one from Lange Twins is right up my alley. A good balance of jammy fruit, and briary aromas. It had me dreaming of summer barbeques in our near future. Warming alc, but very balanced with velvety tannins.
United States » California » San Joaquin County » Lodi, Zinfandel, with a community rating of 90/100
Was lucky to have a tasting of some of Tuscany's best last night. Always showing at the top of their game the DCC Brunello was magnificent. Subtle cherry, leather, sinewy tannins, and a long finish that paired perfectly with my Braised Beef Gnudi. Going to put a couple of these in the cellar for a few years down the road.
Italy » Tuscany, 2012, with a community rating of 93/100
Mike Muirhead is friends with Sean Boyd.
Mike Muirhead is friends with John Mcculloch.
A re-taste of the 2010 - now in its 7th year. I have started to not cellar a lot of Australian wine, I find the fruit doesn't change that much, and so there really is not much benefit. This one could change my mind. Showing some really great earthy, meaty notes, still chewy/chunky tannins and lots of length. Drink over the next year.
Australia, Shiraz, with a community rating of 92/100
Mike Muirhead is friends with Matt Benger.
If you don't know the Beckstoffer name you should. They are the single biggest vineyard land owners in Napa, so they know what they are doing! Tuck Beckstoffer has created an rich and elegant Cabernet that really delivers for the price. If you want big Cali fruit - this is your new go to.
United States » California, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a community rating of 91/100
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