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.
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.
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.