Hits the nail on the head, with ripe, juicy Cabernet aromas and flavors. There’s great fruity extraction, with cassis, black-currant and plum flavors, complex with smoky oak. Despite the depth and concentration, the wine is deft, elegant and very dry. Best Buy.— S.H.
Here’s a wine that will surprise you. It has real richness and varietal flavor, and is dry and balanced, with the weight you want in a nice Cabernet. Might even get a little better in another year or two.— S.H.
One of those wines that smells so good, you could just sniff and swirl. There’s lemongrass, vanilla, spearmint, butter and toast and a honeyed sweetness. Rich and flavorful, with melon and citrus flavors and a round, creamy texture. A slight touch of sweetness makes it fat, but it’s basically a dry wine. This is a…— S.H.
Pretty sweet in vanilla creme and tapioca, with a melange of tropical fruits. Clean acidity keeps it crisp and vibrant. Almost like a dessert wine, except it’s dry.— S.H.
Pleasant and polished, a pale-colored wine, with sharp acids and pretty flavors of candied cherry and vanilla. Silky and delicate; charming and elegant.— W.E.
What a pretty aroma on this soft, likeable wine. Very forward, full of black cherry, black tea, caramel, smoke, mushroom and oak, and yet it’s delicate and rather “feminine.” A little light in flavor, with black cherry and spices. The texture is creamy, the tannins are soft; yet it manages to retain a firm grip on…— S.H.
Deep and dark, with smoke, toast, caramel and an olive note. Black cherry and menthol fruit in the mouth, and a tangy, brisk mouthfeel. Finishes long, with full tannins. Bigger and better structured than the Napa, but less pleasurable, at least now. Try in two years.— W.E.
A chewy wine with an inky, grapey nose with spice and game accents. Dry-cherry and black-fruit flavors. High acidity and a full, long, fairly tannic finish. A good, big, dry red that is still improving.— W.E.