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.
This wine is pretty and floral in violet and lavender, soft, smooth and simply rendered. High-toned in bright red fruit, it’s out and out yummy and a tribute to a great old vineyard still planted to the rare variety.— V.B.
A ripe, soft and well-integrated package of mountain fruit stars in this vineyard-designate, from a site high atop the Mayacamas Mountains that is famous for Zin. Spicy cinnamon spins itself through husky layers of black fruit and leather.— 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.