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Peter Neilson

Peter Neilson

Patricia's Block

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Patricia's Block Riesling 2019

St. David's Bench, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
22 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 92/100

Drinking the 2017 - only 8.5% abv. Beautiful balance of fresh acidity, off-dry, fruity and floral. Very refreshing. Evolving finish as it opens up. This will easily evolve another 10 years. Lovely wine!

120 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 90/100

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2016

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States
190 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 88/100

Really nice apples, peaches, tangerine and fresh-mown hay scent. Fresh acidity, with apples and citrus. Unfortunately, for me at least, an unpleasant bitter, even “stemmy” vegetal finish, that, if more subtle, would add complexity, but heavy enough here, for me, to detract from my OA impression. 88 for me, marked down from what would have been a solid 90. Considering the modest price, a nice chicken BBQ wine.

242 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 91/100

Beautiful, complex cool climate Pinot Noir. Med hi acidity, med hi tannin, long complex finish that reveals its many characters as it unfolds. Well integrated. Minerality. Herbaceousness. Long, spicy finish. ????

Zippy's Block Single Vineyard

Two Hands Wines Zippy's Block Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008

Roennfeldt Road, Maranga, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
279 days ago

Peter scored this wine: 95/100

Big, bold, powerful warm climate Auzzie Shiraz. Plum, cigar-box and tobacco, still (2020) high acid, firm tannins, high alcohol (!), and a long, complex, peppery finish. Really well integrated, and still very fresh. This will still be solid for at least another 5 years. A beautifully-made wine for those who like big, dark, powerful wines. Had this with medium rare prime rib, and Yorkshire pudding with gravy - a wonderful pairing. Memorable!

Peter Neilson

Memorable Wine

Musigny 1967


First Wine



Unusual Wine Experience

A bottle of 1967 Musigny & 1967 Chateau D'Yquem & Iranian caviar in one night. #diehappy


Current Fav Wine

Napa Cabernets, Sonoma Zinfandels, Alsatian Gerwurztraminers, Bordeaux-type blends

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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