A unique wine with a distinctive nose of green apples, minerals and Bergamot (think Earl Grey tea). While relatively unevolved and closed now, it still shows lots of earthy complexity, breed and length. This shows just how sophisticated Chardonnay from Oregon can be. Cellar it and you’ll get a “charge” out of it in 2 or 3 years.
This label, from the fine Napa winery, Fisher, is reserved for young vines. It’s a classic Médoc blend, based on Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of other varieties. The winemaker’s description is apt: powerful and precocious. Floods the mouth with blackberry tart and chocolate flavors that finish dry, with smooth, supple tannins. Drink now–2010.