Inky black, hard in tannins, bone dry and incredibly rich in smoked meat, blackberry, cassis and pepper flavors, this is, in other words, classic Petite Sirah. It’s brawny, but never loses its sense of poise. Will develop in the bottle for 20 years.— S.H.
A beautiful wine, it shows exquisite control at balancing green, minty notes with richer flavors of apricots, Meyer lemons, vanilla and toast. The finish is dry and tart.— S.H.
Tastes more like a full-bodied Pinot Noir than a Petite Sirah, a lightly silky, airy wine, with fine, smooth tannins and cherry, red licorice, cola and tobacco flavors. Even though it’s not particularly varietal, it’s still a very good, elegant wine.— S.H.
A bit on the soft, heavy side, with citrus fruit flavors that have a touch of green tobacco and peppercorn. Finishes very dry and rich, if a little eccentric. Drink this food-friendly wine now.— S.H.
Grass and gooseberry are prominent on the nose and palate in this crisp SB, bright in dialed-high acidity. That sense of vibrant freshness mellows somewhat midway through the wine, allowing it to finish with a lushness on the tongue.— V.B.
Racy and rich, its citrus and tropical fruit flavors, accented with juicy acidity, suggest Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. There’s a lovely creaminess to the mouthfeel. With a slightly sweet, honeyed finish, it will pair well with Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese fare.— S.H.
Lots of tart, almost sour acidity in this Sauvignon Blanc. Gets the tastebuds whistling with savory flavors of lemons, limes and gooseberries, and is bone dry through the finish. Nice appetizer wine.— S.H.
Stewy earth and black licorice wrap themselves around a tightness of oak and tannin in this medium-bodied wine. Layered without being dense, the finish is short and peppery.— V.B.