Made with original Port varieties, this is a very sweet wine, with a rich array of milk chocolate, blackberry jam, cassis, cherry pie, butterscotch and vanilla caramel flavors. It’s not an ager, so drink now.— S.H.
This is quite a distinctive wine, not quite like anything else out there, which makes you think about it. Dry and creamy, it shows the flavors of dried fruits, such as apricots and peaches, with a streak of fresh green herbs, and a stony, metallic taste, like white chalk. Really notable for its uniqueness.— S.H.
Lots of ripe, sweet blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavors in this soft, tannic Bordeaux blend, based on Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s dry, but high alcohol glycerine, combined with the fruity extract, make it taste almost like Port. Drink now.— S.H.
Dry, tannic and a bit rustic in the mouth, with flavors of black currants, green olives, teriaki beef and sandalwood. A blend of nine varieties, and ready now.— S.H.
Ripe, slightly sweet and acidic, with tropical fruit, wildflower, apricot, buttered popcorn, spice and smoky flavors. Giving its best now, this wine wants appetizers that are spicy, slightly sweet and crunchy.— S.H.
Shows classically exotic, rich Viognier flavors ranging from ripe citrus fruits through peaches and pears to tropical papayas, wildflowers and spices. The trick is to tame this explosion with dryness and structure. Clautiere’s ’09 partially succeeds, but lacks acidity, and finishes sugary sweet, which makes it cloying.— S.H.
All fruit and little structure. Blasts the palate with blackberries, cherries, chocolate, currant, vanilla and pastry flavors that are functionally sweet. Acidity is soft, emphasizing the glyceriney sweetness.— S.H.
Too ripe and obvious in fruit, with raisin, currant and black cherry jam flavors, accented with smoky, caramelized oak. Good and rich, but lacks subtlety. Drink now.— S.H.