Very nice for the price. Dry and smooth, with blackberry, cherry, cola and currant flavors that have a scoury mouthfeel, because of the tannins. Lots of class and even some complexity.
Bone dry, with brisk tannins, this is a Merlot to drink with good food and not worry about the wine overshadowing it. It’s really drinkable, with a soft, lush mouthfeel and flavors of cherries, currants, spices and cedar. A huge and welcome improvement over the ’06.
This is quite an interesting Merlot, not least because it actually lives up to Merlot’s reputation as the soft Cabernet. It’s ripe and juicy in cherry flavor, with a rich, olive-y earthiness enhanced and framed by oak. At the same time, it’s dry. The softness is balanced by wonderfully thick, fine tannins, with a grip that cries out for steak.
From a Lake County high-elevation region, this is a very crisp, almost tart dry white wine, with subtle, complex citrus flavors of lime, grapefruit and guava, a minerally midpalate and a finish of stimulating white pepperiness. So versatile, it’s a sommelier’s dream.
A lovely Pinot that’s dry and silky. The rich, ripe raspberry and cherry flavors are enriched with oak, and girded by its firm minerality. Easy to drink now, but it should age over the next six years.
This marches in a completely opposite direction from the oaky, fruity, buttery style of modern Chardonnay. It’s bone dry and minerally, with mouthwatering acidity and traces of oranges and limes. The minerality is like a lick of cold steel. What a great food wine at a great price, although production was a paltry 230 cases.
It’s striking that this bottling packs a whopping 16.4% alcohol and is capable of managing it as well as it does. The palate is rich and hefty, with plenty of burly tannins that are deeply set into the wine’s flesh. It tastes chocolaty and toasty, with an enticing maduro note that sings across the midpalate and onto the finish.
Amidst the sea of copycat Grigios one exception stands out. It starts with a deep golden color and a nose ripe with toasted almond, pine box, caramel and maple syrup. Compactly structured, smooth and silky with lingering spice from barrel aging. Imported by VinUS Inc.