This wine backs up the price tag with a fruit-forward nose showing blackberry, black cherry, dried mint and tarragon. The palate is more tart, with dried sour cherries, espresso-bean bitterness, lava rocks and graphite. It’s surprisingly both dark and lean, offering solid complexity.— M.K.
The purple flowers and pomegranate fruits that hit the nose first on this bottling give way quickly to savory elements of rosemary and roasted fennel. That savoriness carries to the palate, as does an earthy character, lifted by pine and juniper-berry spice.— M.K.
As the Riverside County region finds its way, this grape may make a good white option. This winery, which was founded in 1969 by the golf magnate, delivers aromas of salted and honeyed apples, following by a balanced, precise and mineral-driven palate of apple, lemonade and grapefruit.— M.K.
This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot offers broad aromas of cooked cherries with black rocks, mud, dried oregano and pepper. Pepper also shows on the palate, along with pomegranate fruit and tarragon.— M.K.
A nice tarry funk along with dried mint and menthol cigarette scents characterize the nose of this blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah and 4% Petite Verdot. The creosote sense carries to the palate, meeting with black cherry, dried bouquet garni and quite grippy tannins.— M.K.
Blueberries, smoke and pepper-crusted beef aromas emerge on this solid offering. There’s a lot happening on the palate, with flavors of tobacco, blackberries, dark plums and purple flowers, all grounded in tart plum-skin tannins.— M.K.
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.
There’s a menthol-infused sense of chaparral shrubbery on the nose of this bottling from the winery founded in 1969 by golf entrepreneur Ely Callaway. Charred pine leads the palate, with rustic elderberries, chopped herbs of oregano, thyme and rosemary, and lots of leather. It needs quite a bit of time to open up.— M.K.