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Callaway 1996 Dolcetto (Temecula)
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.
Callaway 1999 Reserve Coastal Chardonnay
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.
Callaway 1999 Coastal - Reserve Syrah (San Luis Obispo)
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.
Callaway 1997 Merlot
There are Merlots selling for twice this price that don’t have the varietal character and rounded fruit of this wine. The finish is lingering, with good structure from start to finish.
Callaway 1998 Special Collection Pinot Gris (Temecula)
Has pretty lemon and grapefruit aromas and flavors--full-throttle citrus. Very strong, ripe and spicy; mouth-tingling and very dry. Simple, but zesty and easy-drinking.
Callaway 1999 Coastal Chardonnay
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.
Callaway 1998 Chenin Blanc
Here’s a pretty Chenin that won’t bust your budget and has some nice features going for it. Drier than most California Chenin Blancs, at just 0.65% residual sugar, it offers up lively citrus and tropical fruit notes, with pleasing acidity. Best Buy.
Callaway 2000 Coastal Sauvignon Blanc
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.
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