This wine is a blend of Dijon clones, which bring pure, jammy fruit. Paired with the older Pommard, the result is a meaty, full-bodied Pinot. There’s an earthiness to the cherries and berries, and the wine is complex and probably ageworthy for six to eight years. This polished wine exemplifies the art of blending, although it’s a single-vineyard wine that vividly…
A very fine Pinot. Medium-bodied and dry, it hits with tremendous spice and ripe red cherry flavors that are succulent. Although it’s a silky wine, it has a great grip of tannins and acids that cry out for food. Achieves real complexity through the long finish.
Racy in acidity, this unoaked wine was bottled early to preserve fresh fruitiness. It’s clean and dry in the mouth, with fine, delicate flavors of citrus fruits, apricots, white peaches, green apples and a touch of honeysuckle and stony minerals. A brilliantly racy wine that needs no wood to be opulent and compelling.
Carr’s 2005 Turner Vineyard was a very exciting discovery for me, and while their Three Vineyards isn’t quite in the same league, it’s still a seriously good wine. Shows full-throttle Santa Rita atttibutes of crisp balance, intensely ripe fruit, great mouthfeel and limited ageability. The palate loves the cherries, raspberries, cola, spicy vanilla and smoky flavors…
Like all of Carr’s ’08 Pinots, this one’s marked by tart acidity. It gives a sour cherry candy taste and prickly mouthfeel. But it’s quite rich, and as the wine breathes in the glass, its attractions mount. Give it two or three years in the cellar.
A big, tough, resilient Pinot Noir, hefty in tannins and bone dry. Not showing much delicacy now, but it sure is complex, offering waves of wild cherries, tobacco, cola, smoked meat, herbs and spices. Purists will criticize it for being too Rhône-like. Give it a decant and drink over the next few years.
This cool-climate variety loves it in the Sta. (formerly Santa) Rita Hills. High acidity creates a cool, cleansing feel, while the wine brims with citrus zest, pineapple meringue, mineral and vanilla flavors. This will send chefs into food-pairing heaven.
Lush describes this Syrah. With a little bottle age, it’s achieved a nice, creamy softness, and offers mouthwatering flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, ripe crushed blackberries and pepper. There’s also a lot of oak, adding intricacies of caramel and sweet woodspice.