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Wine: Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon

Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon

OK, there are very few wines I feel a strong allegiance to, but when I find them I am all about them. Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon is one such wine, I recently was introduced to this wine in a tasting of their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon just prior to the holidays and it totally blew my socks off along with several other garments. I basically overstocked with this product and sold out not only what I stocked, but the remainder of the product in my supplier’s warehouse. This week, I was replenished on the Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon- with the 2009 vintage. Needless to say I was initially heartbroken, where was the 2007, or even the 2008 (2008 that overall has proven to be a stronger contender than the 2007 Napa Cabernet Sauvignons in my opinion). But, the current release is 2009 and that’s what I have in my hands, so a wry smile crossed my lips as I realized I needed to try it out!

The label remains simple and understated, good marketing for a high class wine! I peel the foil back and pull the cork. The cork is high quality, well grained natural cork with nice density and firmness showing no signs of mold, or abuse. A nice start! The aromas erupt out of the bottle and execute a frontal assault upon the senses creating visions of dancing dark fruit, and spice in my head.

As this elixir escapes the bottle and is unfurled in my Riedel Magnum Glass the deep ruby-crimson hues cast shadows of flavors to come as the aromatics continue to capture the imagination. Swirling the 2009 Shypoke Cabernet Suavignon proves to that this wine can really dance, making the foreplay of wine tasting all the more invigorating and creating anticipation of just what this wine is going to do once it reaches my lips!

As my lips reach for the lip of the glass, the vixen elixir held within extends a velvet glove and caresses my tongue with nothing short of sheer velvet saturated in cassis, blackberry, and black cherries creating a caressing envelop that massages the palette. On the crest of the tongue there is an pure, clean explosion of brilliant deep spice that does nothing short of elevating the fruit to a new level just short of creating life itself and makes my head shift sharply to the left; as I finish this taste, the sensation of cocoa and cassis perfectly embedded caresses the mouth again with a warm sensation that certainly leaves my face slightly flushed. And then I exhale with pure pleasure.

Did I mention, I find Shypoke Cabernet Sauvignon somewhat of an erotic wine? I am one lucky man to have discovered this wine; and if I might say I am also one generous man to offer to share it with others!


Wine: 2004 Livingston Moffett Gemstone Vineyards


Gemtree- 2004

Wine maker’s Notes:

Aromas are primarily of blackberry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla, nutmeg and violets.  On the palate, there is an effusive fruitiness underlain by raspberry liqueur and cassis.  The tannins are extremely velvety giving the wine a lush, mouth filling richness with a long finish.  Oak plays a minor but important role, adding richness and structure to the blend.

We stumbled upon this wonderful little gem upon the first meeting we had with Trent Moffett. At that same meeting, when we left I was told I was rude by my other half because I expressed my opinion about another wine. The next time I met with Trent, he expressed appreciation for the honest opinion. I think that is a trademark for why the wines of the Moffett Family are so well regarded, respected and sought out… he listens to what people want and are seeking. The 2004 Gemstone Vineyards Red is highly regarded and is in rather short supply. I’ve acquired 4 bottles and am offering them to our blog readers first at a price of $75 (from $103 previously) each plus S&H, first come shall be first served…. call 828-414-9111 and mention the Gemtree closeout special offer!





From time to time small wine shops stumble into values that escape the mainstream. Here at Christopher’s Wine & Cheese we have been very fortunate to have several of these discoveries come to us through the careful presentation of representatives guiding us through the maze of wines from around the world.

We have been afforded one such offer again… we have obtained two (count them 2) verticals from Hank McCrorie of his 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Burly Cabernet Sauvignon Vintages. The only requirement being that these verticals must be sold as a single unit.

Christopher has always maintained that Burly is the NAPA Cabernet to have above most any other. For those who think they like the Silver Oak NAPA Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s only because they have never tried Hank McCrorie’s Burly…and here is the premier way to try it… four vintages together in one nice, convenient, tidy package!

This is truly a rare opportunity for those fans of NAPA Cabernets as the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Burly are totally sold out except for these few verticals that Hank has entrusted to us until the find a new, happy home.  Because of the rarity of this opportunity, they are only available through our shop being announced to you through our blog, facebook and twitter posts to order. If you are interested in ordering, call Christopher directly at 828-414-9111 between 12:00 – 6:00pm, Eastern Time.

In case you are on the fence, I’m also going to entice you with some notes of each of the wines below as well….

2004: Gracefully rich, smooth and concentrated with aromas of lush blueberry and cassis, the fruit core is wrapped in complex vanilla, coffee, caramel, tobacco and spice box nuances. The pure, dense fruit is accented with pretty violet, anise and toasty oak notes while the supple, sweet tannins endow the wine with voluptuous texture, all finishing in a long alluring aftertaste. Beautiful now, will age well through the decade.

Best from 2008-2014.

2005: Intense, concentrated and rich with aromas of lush raspberry and cassis, the opulent fruit is accented in complex mocha, mint, white pepper, anise and loamy earth nuances. In the mouth the pure, dense fruit is shaded with jasmine flower and toasty oak notes while ripe, fine grained tannins endow the wine with voluptuous texture, all finishing in a long alluring aftertaste. Beautiful now, will age well through the decade.

Best enjoyed from 2009 – 2015.

2006: Shows complex aromas of ripe plum, currant and black cherry, with fresh-cut herb, mineral and cedary oak.  Full-bodied and firm on the finish, with a peppery, claylike edge to the tannins.

Best from 2009 through 2016.

2007: A huge wine developing complexities of rich black fruits lain upon a velvet blanket of cocoa. The mild oak massage upon one’s tongue explodes into spice and charisma waking the palate for a seductive finish that does not disappoint!

Best from 2010 through 2018.

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