They call this grape the Beaujolais of Piedmont, and with good reason. Earthy, berry aromas with leather, tar and cherry, but extremely soft and silky. Notable for its deep, satisfying fruitiness. An elegant, pretty wine, and a great value. Best Buy.— S.H.
The aromas are a bit overpowering, with distinct ruby red grapefruit, lychee and cherimoya. The perfumed flavors are far more reserved, with guava flesh and grapefruit pith on the end.— M.K.
Aromas of bacon, blackberry, cassis and smoke are rich and inviting and make your mouth water in anticipation. The flavors don’t disappoint. It’s not a big wine, but a pretty one, with assertive fruity, peppery flavors silhouetted by richly textured tannins and acids and a dry, smooth finish.— S.H.
Starts with classic California Chardonnay aromas, including ripe peach and tangerine, smoke, honey, buttered toast and a nice burst of creamy lees. It’s very fruity (as you’d expect from this vintage) and sharp, with good acidity cleansing the palate. A very pleasant wine and well worth the price.— S.H.
Smells intensely floral, an armload of gardenia and forsythia, with additional scents of peaches and kerosene. Has that strong Chenin flavor that always reminds me of hot sealing wax, but there are also apple, mint and peach notes. Just this side of off-dry, a nice, crisp wine with its own distinct personality. Good…— S.H.
Fresh and grassy, a pretty wine with true varietal aromas of hay and citrus fruits. But it drinks richer than youÕd think, with pleasant peach flavors and a round, creamy texture. Great value.— S.H.
Pleasant and refreshing with nice varietal character and good structure. Apple and peach flavors are clean and pure, backed by crisp acids. Little, if any, oak detracts from the pretty fruit.— S.H.
With this wine, Callaway takes a step away from its longtime Temecula appellation and toward the increasingly well-regarded Coastal designation. The wine is a little oakier than Callaway’s previous bottlings and the fruit is lean, tending toward grapefruit and green apple. It’s crisp and ultraclean, and a good value.— S.H.