Shows classic Chard aromas of melon and peach, amply framed by toasted grain and cereal notes that add texture in the mouth. It’s medium to full in body, then develops greater zest and freshness on the long, citrusy finish. Drink now–2012.
Slightly smoky and peppery upfront, the 2007 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir opens on the palate to reveal a velvety texture and flavors of plum accented by hints of coffee and chocolate. Opt for drinking it over the next 2–3 years.
From winemaker James Halliday comes this sharp, herbaceously-scented wine suggesting grapefruit, grass and hay, with an undercurrent of smoky oak. It’s strongly flavored, with focused lemon-lime fruit and sharp acidity. This clean, refreshing wine demands food; goat cheese would be heaven.
A strong showing for coldstream Hills, with herb and sous bois shadings that give the cherry fruit further depth and dimension. It's medium-bodied and creamy-textured, with a finish that turns darker, adding chocolate notes. Drink now.
This is a nicely balanced Chardonnay, one in which no single element dominates. The fruit is mellow, tending toward the soft flavors of melon and pear, while the oak is deftly handled, imparting smoky notes that frame, not overwhelm. A harmonious, medium-bodied wine that could pair easily with various chicken dishes.
It’s a just-right Pinot, not too tart, not too big, and not too fruity. Bing cherry flavors are wide in the midpalate, where there’s just enough oak. Oak and earth show on the finish. Definitely food-friendly; try with a mushroom dish, or fleshy fish.
A medium-bodied, slightly chunky Pinot Noir, the 2008 from Coldstream Hills displays smoky, earthy notes layered over attractive black-cherry fruit. Even if it lacks of bit of elegance to its mouthfeel, it finishes with appropriately silky tannins. Try it with roast chicken.