A challenging name for a pretty good wine, given the frost and smoke issues so many North Coast producers faced in 2008, not to mention consumers’ tendency to stay away from wines that might give them headaches. This 50% Petite Sirah-based blend (there’s Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, too) is a sledgehammer of a wine, all savory leather and dark blue fruit, with a…
Lake County producer Chacewater has made a pleasant, refreshing rosé from 100% Syrah. It’s dark in color, with tastes of watermelon, ripe peach and tropical fruit. Intensely textured and full bodied in mouthfeel, it emphasizes its flavors through to the finish.
This is full of sweet-tasting blackberry, raspberry and vanilla flavors, with a backbeat of dusty tannins. It’s medium bodied with decent structure, and the finish features with notes of smoke and tar.
Made from organically grown grapes, this crisp white flirts dangerously with herb and grass tones—what is often called gooseberry—before settling down. It’s quite drinkable, if a bit heavy on the finish.