Aloha Gentle Readers,
TWC has always been a fan of Smoking Loon wines because they have great labels. The downside is that I never tasted them until Maui.
At wallet scorching Maui prices I've been relegated to wines by the glass at what would pass for the price of a bottle on the US mainland. So, no real in depth review today just some brief impressions.
UPDATE: See TWC's in-depth review of 2005 Smoking Loon Cabernet here.
Smoking Loon Cabernet
Had a glass of this with dinner at the Rusty Harpoon. The Ono was overcooked and dry but the caper sauce that came with it was good. The ribs were boiled but the seasonings and sauce accompanying them made the meal tolerable to decent. Although the views were excellent and the service was good, I'd avoid this place for dinner.
The wine was pretty good, everything you'd expect from a mid-priced cab. It was a pleasant surprise and I found it better than expected.
Smoking Loon Merlot
Picked up a bottle locally at Costco and found it to be just okay to decent. Cherries, and smoke on the back side. Miles wouldn't have cared for this one but I thought it was decent enough, particularly for the price (under $10.00 in Hawaii).
COSTCO in Hawaii
Costco carries an extensive collection of pretty good wines, much more so than any Costco stores on the mainland. TWC saw a 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia for around $90.00 (Parker rated 95). Phelps Insignia is typically a great wine. Last time around I think I enjoyed it with KC Fox (his treat, btw) a day before the big 4th of July Bash around 01 or 02.