MOONE-TSAI CABERNET SAUVIGNON
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 2014
When it comes to a great wine, there are three key components that I look for: quality, singularity, and the people behind the wine. Quality is driven by factors such as terroir, vintage, and winemaking. Singularity is about nuance and distinction, the differences that make a wine stand out amongst its peers. And as for the people, I deeply believe that getting to know them - learning about the challenges they overcame and what drives them - is the best way to see the complete picture of the wine.
About 8 years ago, I received an invitation to attend a Moone-Tsai wine dinner in New York City. At this time, living and working just outside the City, I was already familiar with the wines. I knew that the fruit came from the best sources in Napa and that there was this unexplainable balance of power and finesse that ran through all the wines. But I was curious to meet the people.
I rushed out of work to beat the rush hour traffic on a rainy evening (unsuccessfully). It must have taken me an hour just to get through the Holland Tunnel. I arrived at a non-descript and, frankly, unmemorable restaurant where I was greeted by the host and led upstairs to where the event was happening. I was late but graciously met by Larry Tsai who shortly thereafter introduced me to his wife and business partner MaryAnn. Immediately, the tone of the evening changed. With a glass of the hedonistic Moone-Tsai Chardonnay in hand, we all sat down at a large table. In the room were a few wine professionals, a journalist for the Times, a few firefighters, and a couple other friends who came along. There were about 12 of us total with Larry and MaryAnn at each end of the table. The food was casual and Larry and MaryAnn opted to forego wine service and have the all the bottles open on the table for anyone to help themselves. This was different than any wine dinner I’d attended before. Though most of us were meeting for the first time, it felt like a gathering of old friends catching up. Needless to say, the dinner was warm, comfortable and extraordinarily memorable – all led by their lineup of unbelievable wines including the powerhouse Hillside Red, the elegant Napa Cabernet, and the luxurious Cor Leonis.
As midnight quickly approached, Larry and MaryAnn rose to make a final toast and they spoke about how grateful and lucky they were to have people enjoy their wines. I walked out of that dinner in awe. Yes, in awe of the quality of all the wines across the board, but even more so by the humility, grace and eloquence of the people behind this wines. And that’s when it hit me – the profound and unmistakable resemblance between the understated yet powerful presence of the proprietors and the nature of the wines themselves. You can have the best terroir and weather, but there is an intangible factor, one driven by people, that speaks volumes more, elevating the wines to another level.
I later found out that during MaryAnn’s time at Beringer Wine Estates, she was intimately involved with the production and marketing of the wines including the heralded 1986 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet, 1991 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay and the 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages — all of which were named Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. After meeting her and her husband, this was hardly surprising. So in honor of these two incredible individuals, we are thrilled to offer their mind-blowingly delicious and elegant flagship red – the 2014 Moone-Tsai Napa Cabernet. For one week, we are offering 20% off when you purchase 4 bottles or more.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in June/July 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MO, NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.