Very, very sweet and decadent, like pure honey. Nectar of the gods-type wine, oozing spicy apricot, orange, roasted almond and vanilla honey flavors. To describe the mouthfeel as creamy hardly does it justice, it’s so viscous and glyceriney. A magnificent dessert wine to savor.— S.H.
This is absolutely delicious, offering heady waves of orange marmalade, butterscotch candy, crème brûlée and honey that are wildly opulent. This is a go-to bottling for very sweet, unctuous California dessert wines.— S.H.
Made in the modern style, this Cabernet-based Bordeaux-style blend was aged in mostly new French oak for 20 months, so it shows plenty of toasty, oaky notes. It’s softly delicious, with tiers of raspberry, cherry, red currant, milk chocolate, violet and dried herb flavors, wrapped into the smoothest possible tannins…— S.H.
Expensive, but brilliant. At the forefront of California Sauvignon Blanc. Shows bright and clean acidity framing intense tangerine, lime and honey flavors, as well as complications from oak. Yet it finishes bone dry and elegant. Delicious and compelling, this wine lifts Sauvignon Blanc into entirely new territory.— S.H.
A spectacular dessert wine. The residual sugar is 18%, making it superrich in honeyed sweetness, complexed with apricot, pineapple, pear, vanilla cream and new oak flavors of butterscotch and crème brûlée. But it’s also crisp in acidity, giving it a clean scour. One of the best sweeties of the vintage.— S.H.
This is one of the sweetest white California dessert wines out there. It’s addictively decadent, like an upscale Sauternes. Barrel fermentation in new French oak gives an opulent, palate-flattering honeyed vanilla richness to the apricot, peach, pineapple and crème brûlée flavors that are so rich and refined. Crisp…— S.H.
Everything you look for in a Burgundian Chard is here. It’s dramatically rich in tropical fruit and Meyer lemon flavors, with crisp natural acidity. Lots of new toasty oak, sur lies aging and malolactic fermentation add integrated dimensions of flavor and texture. A sensational wine, dense and complex, and should…— S.H.
Steve Leveque, the winemaker at Chalk Hill, is doing everything right. Everything he touches is gold, including Cabernet. The ’03 is extraordinarily balanced and beautiful, a dry, ripe wine of power and full-bodied substance, but enormous subtlety. The cassis fruit meshes seamlessly with toasty new oak to produce…— S.H.