This is a new winery for me, and one to keep an eye on. They say the vineyard is 11 miles from Tomales Bay, which would put it close enough to the Pacific to get chilly winds and fog. In this hot vintage, the wine sure did get ripe, with cherry liqueur, raspberry jam, white chocolate and cola flavors, but is…— S.H.
An interesting Pinot that’s not without its problems, but has lots to recommend it. Dry and silky, with high acidity, it shows complex flavors of Dr. Pepper cola, cranberries and red cherries, with an elaborate coat of smoky oak. Wholesome and refined, yet a touch of green tomato suggests limited ageability. Now–2010.— S.H.
The name suggests the Aussie Shiraz style of this richly fruity Syrah. It offers a mouthburst of juicy raspberries, blackberries, cherries, cocoa, bacon, licorice and sandalwood, wrapped into firm tannins. Drink now, with rich fare, like BBQ or a holiday smoked ham.— S.H.