A rich and sweetly fruity wine with many of the same flavors as Cabernet Sauvignon, except there’s something meaty and piney lurking behind the blackberries. It’s very dry, and softer than other Charbonos, with a creaminess that may limit its cellar life. But it’s a robust, full-bodied wine for drinking over the…— S.H.
What a great wine. Dry, smooth and complex, with a silky texture and nice, firm acids, as well as an opulent layer of what tastes like fine French oak. The flavors are fully ripe, suggesting black and red cherries with a dusting of sweet cocoa.— S.H.
Deep and sweet, but there’s also an unusual and appetizing edge offered via cola nut and root beer. Any tartness to the blackberry fruit is offset by vanillin oak. Pleasurable, full-bodied and on the money. It’s stylish good stuff with a correct amount of woody character.— W.E.
Faint aromatics hide an effusiveness on the palate of thick, dense blackberry jam and brown sugar, the ripe power of the wine kept in check by a balance of acidity. Fuller bodied in style, it remains dry and vibrant on the finish.— V.B.
Does a great job of offering ripe, forward blackberry, black cherry, briary wild berry and peppery spice flavors upfront, with firm tannins, in a wine that’s totally dry and not over the top in alcohol. You’ll find Zin’s muscular wild personality dressed in the Armani of Napa.— S.H.
Supple and plump, this Pinot announces itself with a nuanced red berry, cinnamon-clove spice, soy and tree-bark bouquet. The palate’s velvety feel, subtle acidity and caramel-tinged sweet fruit have great appeal. Closes stylishly with a ripe and spicy, almost sappy-feeling, softly tannic finish. Drink now through 2006.— W.E.
Lots of smoky, toasty accents on the plump blackberry and cherry fruit. Spicy fruit, anise, earth, and leather add to the aromatic elements when the wine hits your palate.— W.E.
. A fairly complex blend of toasty oak-framed black cherry, blackberry, bing cherry, spice, herb and vanilla flavors framed in firm, supple tannins. The finish is moderate in length.— W.E.