This is an elaboration of the winery’s regular Santa Lucia bottling, being darker, oakier and fuller-bodied. The red berry flavors have more intense suggestions of black fruits and coffee. Yet the wine maintains a crisp delicacy and elegance. The finish alone is worth extra points.
If you can open the faux-wax capsule — no easy task! — you’ll find a lovely wine. Drinks dry, supple and light-bodied, like a fine Pinot, with black cherry, earth, tobacco and dried herb flavors that are balanced with crisp acids. Bone dry, it’s a delicate but assertive wine. It’s hard to imagine a more versatile red to have with everything from roast lamb to pizza.
My, how pricy wines from this vineyard have become. This release is rather herbal and earthy, with mushroomy, beet and black cherry flavors with an edge of sweet dried tomato. It’s very dry and well-balanced, with considerable oak. Brims with young, firm acids and is a hopeful cellar candidate.
One of the better California Chenins of recent years, a clean, dry and crisply acidic wine with citrus, tobacco and dried herb flavors, and a sweet-and-sour finish. Built along Sauvignon Blanc lines, but richer.
Pale in color, with delicate but spicy aromas of cola, gingerbread, cherries and smoky oak, this is really a pleasant wine. It’s silky and light in texture, with good flavors of red berries and spices, and is dry and crisp. Finishes with an elegant flourish of spicy oak.
Ripe in blackberry and coffee flavors, and completely dry, this is a good dinner wine that is searching for a varietal identity. It has nice, even tannins and acids, and no particular personality.