Mission

(aka. Pais)

The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1870s, this grape dominated vineyards in California. It was introduced to the region by Father Juan Ugarte, and the vine plantings followed the development of Missions as far north as San Jose. Overtime Mission has lost acreage in California for numerous reasons including urban development and lack of marketing appeal, but pockets of the vine remain including some old vines Mission in the Cucamonga AVA. Here it is often used to make fortified wines. 'Pais' reaches its height of popularity in South America, where it is planted four times more than any other grape variety. Pais is revered by the Jesuit Brotherhood, Chileans and Argentineans alike. In South America it is used both to make dry red table wines and South America's preferred distilled wine known as Pisco.

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  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... a 1996 (the 1995 for the La Mission red was also a complicated year, but good winemaking won out there, too). However its lifetime is almost certainly shorter. Our friend Panos Kakaviatos put up some very favorable tasting notes for the 1994. My experience of the '9... Read More

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  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... St. Joseph, 2011Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995Dominus, 1995Dunn Napa Valley, 1996Ridge Montebello, 1996Dominio de Pingus, 1996Les Vignerons Catalan Banyuls Grand Cru Vin Doux Naturel, 1997Spiri Read More

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  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012

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    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2


  • Have you discovered the joys of sipping your rum neat, or are you only mixing ... are all evident on the nose. Mission fig, dates, maple syrup and more are all part of the palate which is deep, layered and loaded with wave after wave of refined flavors. Hints of chocolate sauce, salinity, and fruitcake spices are all present on the lengthy fin... Read More

    From the article When You Run Out of Wine: Rum for a Change


  • '82 is more like it for that reaction to the Talbot. Have had it from that ... me salivating for a 2000 La Mission, and it's still early in the afternoon on a weekda Read More

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  • Montebello with age on it is still the class of this lot, IMHO. Too early for ... ... Dominus, a '95 La Mission Haut Brion, as well as a '94 Vogue Musigny and a '96 Pingus and others. Huge wine night with plenty of overkill, but more than one attendee thought the Montebello was the WOTN. The Vogue and Pingus are, of course, much more expensiv... Read More

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  • Mission Hill Compendium 2009

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    This wine is an exceptional example of what happens when the climate change paradigm works in favor of the producer. The Compendium is better than the usual Bordeaux (which only excludes the best crus). There is a hill of beans of blackberry, cherry, and wet earth in the flavor. Compare with Premier Cru. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • There’s only one source for the best Italian wines in the world: Gambero ... cases the winemaker’s mission is to work with local varieties or classic examples such as Chianti or Vermentino. In other cases they’re playing the vanguard role, experimenting with international varieties or blends that are not historically traditional. In all cases ... Read More

    From the article The Best Italian Wines of the Year


  • Port is a category of wine that conjures up different images depending on your ... but well proportioned wine. Mission fig, dates, blackberry and more light up the boisterous and welcoming nose. Black cherry, raspberry and a host of spices are evident throughout the deeply layered palate. Kirsch liqueur, black plums and continuing black fig fl... Read More

    From the article Undervalued Wine Categories: Late Bottled Vintage Port


  • There are going to be some exciting changes at Snooth in 2016! We have a few ... readers. John’s on a mission; to make wine simple. He is one of only 340 Masters of Wine in the world and is a speaker, television and radio broadcaster, and writer on wine. He is based in Guildford, Surrey; about 25 miles southwest of London. When asked about his... Read More

    From the article Meet Snooth's Brand New Editorial Team!


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