Though not labeled as such, this is truly a Red Mountain wine with all of the fruit coming from Ciel du Cheval and Taptiel vineyards. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it shows a mixture of fruit and barrel. Flavors of herbs, plum, oak spices and black currant offer impressive…— S.S.
Meaty and rock solid, with a heavily oaked, dark-fruit nose that’s sure to please lovers of big Pinot Noir. The palate is sweet and rich, with lots of oak and black plum, while in the end it turns spicy and offers several dimensions of flavor and texture. While it remains a bit simple and straightforward, it scores…— M.S.
This blend of Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot is young, rambunctious and tight, but also very interesting. The aromas of chocolate, clove, pepper and black plum do the trick: you are drawn in. Intense flavors of cherry, plum, cassis and pepper, and a finish of piquant spices and oak are equally satisfying. Based…— M.S.
Southern Oregon, unlike the northern Willamette Valley, is warm and conducive to growing Bordeaux varieties, as evidenced by this hearty, tannic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc. Right away you get kirsch and cassis from this heavyweight, and that’s followed by a ripe palate that blasts loudly with…— M.S.
Syrah (55%) along with a dollop of seldom-seen Counoise (28%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the rest Grenache and Mourvèdre. It’s aromatically quite reserved, with notes of blue fruit, dried herb and baking spice. The palate is full with concentrated plum and berry flavors, finishing a bit short.— S.S.
Coming from one of the state’s most esteemed vineyards, this wine offers aromas of assorted dried herbs, tobacco and glue. The cherry, herb and plum flavors have good depth, with the tannins providing some heft.— S.S.
Done in a very sweet, juicy, slightly over-ripe mode, it offers varietally correct flavors in a smooth, everyday style. A couple of extra years in bottle should soften up the tannins sufficiently.— W.E.
This wine doesn’t seem to have fully ripened, with green, reedy aromas along with notes of cranberry and cherry Jolly Rancher. The full-bodied palate delivers more but seems disconnected with tart, tangy cranberry flavors.— S.S.