Cassis, menthol, black olive, and some alfalfa make for a complex bouquet. It’s undoubtedly forward—red fruit, chocolate and vanilla on the palate—with a piercing quality that could subside with age. This wine has the stuff to please: it’s round, mouthfilling and very correct.
This Cab Franc is considerably lighter in body than a Cabernet Sauvignon. Its silky texture frames red cherry, red currant, red licorice, cola and sandalwood flavors that finish very dry. It’s a lovely wine of some charm, but give it a decant before serving.
This even, balanced wine opens with a smooth, tart, black-cherry-rhubarb, pepper and smoke bouquet. It’s medium in weight and has tangy acidity that supports the fruit well. Complex flavors with smoked meat, bitter herb and espresso on the cherry core are appealing. Tangy tannins and coffee notes close it nicely.
Shows the zestiness and long hangtime flavors of Monterey Chardonnay, with strong pineapple, lime, kiwi and white peach fruit. Turns honey-sweet in the finish, but basically dry, and saved by a scour of acidity.
Light- to medium-weight, this wine offers a red-berry and rhubarb nose, with fine lavender accents. But it doesn’t open into anything solid enough for us to get into. Although even on the palate, it lacks the depth and texture sought here.