With the 2009 vintage, De Loach is at the top of its Pinot Noir game, and this one, from a chilly vineyard south of Sebastopol, is among its best ever. The crisp acidity, like a squirt of lime, that accompanies the raspberry, cherry and persimmon fruit is bracing. Meanwhile, a mushroomy earthiness gives complex…— S.H.
This shows winemaker Greg LaFollette’s master touch in the way he’s balanced the wine and kept it harmonious. It’s a huge mouthful of cherry pie and cassis flavor, with the most delicate notes of raspberries, toasted meringue and vanilla, subtlely spiced and dry. A gorgeous Pinot Noir that superbly combines power…— S.H.
This is De Loach’s finest Zinfandel of their five new releases. In fact, it’s their best Zinfandel ever, and one that defines Sonoma County cool-climate Zinfandel. It’s brilliant in balance and structure, with beautifully sculpted tannins and fine acidity, and just the right touch of oak. Within that package are…— S.H.
Pinot Noir just doesn’t get richer than this. It floods the mouth with ripe flavors of raspberries and cherries, with fascinatingly earthy things, like truffles and pine cones. Vibrant acidity and a hint of furry tannins give it a fine structure. This upscale Pinot Noir is drinkable now and should evolve over the…— S.H.
De Loach reaches into Lake County, not usually thought of as Zinfandel country, with tremendous results. This is a great wine by any standard. It shows some heat from high alcohol and some shriveled raisin tastes, but that’s part of a ripe Zin’s charm. Mostly, you’ll be impressed by waves of sweetly ripe berries…— S.H.
A tremendous Zinfandel. Combines sheer volume of power fruit with finesse to essentially define the variety. With rich acidity and some firm, chewy tannins, it’s brilliantly dry, displaying blackberry tart, black currant, cola, mocha, bacon and pepper flavors, dusted with savory Indian spices. A very great Zinfandel…— S.H.
Dazzling with silky richness, this wine is so delicious, you can’t help but to fall in love with it. Tantalizing with waves of raspberry and cherry pie, ripe persimmon, mocha, red licorice and smoky oak flavors that finish long and satisfying. The balance of acids and tannins is just about perfect. Calling all…— S.H.
Tastes of perfectly ripened pineapple, pear, lime and peach flavors. On the structural side is fine acidity and a tangy minerality, like a lick of cold steel. Oak is here, notable but perfectly integrated. Give this Chard a little time in the glass to breathe.— S.H.