This winery’s highly-oaked Chard, from a single vineyard, is bursting with buttered toast, smoke and lees, with apple, peach and tropical fruit, and an iron or flinty aroma. Full-bodied, rich and creamy, complex and lavishly textured. Young, needs time.
A soft, lush blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Malbec, The Patriarch offers straightforward cassis and vanilla notes, with hints of coffee and tobacco for complexity. It’s approachable now, but should be even better in a few years. Drink now–2020.
Babich's top Sauvignon is a big step up in quality, featuring more weight and intensity than its regular bottling. Tropical--think passion fruit--flavors are accented by grassy notes, with grapefruit notes forming the core. Drink now.
A satisfying, varietally correct mouthful of Syrah, combining ripe tannins and a creamy texture with tart berry fruit and slightly peppery, meaty notes. It could use a touch more complexity and length, but it’s a pretty good value in Hawke’s Bay Syrah. Drink now.
A no-oak Chard, with green-apple, peach and grilled-almond notes, and a strong herbal or medicinal streak. Crisp and clean, has real character. Drink this well-priced wine now. Best Buy.
Tasted blind, this would confuse many Chardonnay drinkers used to the oaked-up, caramel-flavored concoctions typically associated with the variety. The fruit comes through vibrant and pure, with lots of tart apple and pear flavors buttressed by a healthy squirt of citrus. Long and clean on the finish, perfect with shrimp cocktail.
Lushly textured and filled with tropical fruit, this is a very good example of unoaked Chardonnay. Pineapple, melon and guava notes mix easily, finishing with just enough citrus to retain a sense of balance. Drink now.