Smooth textured, with a silky mouthfeel. The wine is complex, with its hazelnut, pear, melon, herb and spice notes framed in toasty oak nuances. Bright, clean and long on the finish.
Everyone who tasted this wine with me was drawn to the sexy, comforting nose—think hickory smoke and ham-bone stewiness layered with deep blackberry and brown sugar. On the palate, its black fruit is a little tangy, but is tempered by charred oak and caramel flavors. Well balanced, it closes with oak, green herb and a bit more caramel. Very dark and a bit…
It’s all a matter of taste, but to me this wine is too hot, at 15% alcohol, and too sweet. The earthy, berry flavors are rich, and the tannin structure is complex, but it’s out of balance.
This Chard is over the top. It’s got exceptionally high alcohol and the apricot flavors taste so baked, they’re almost stewed. The wine is dry and oaky, and represents an exaggerated style.