If you’re a fan of big, oaky Chards, you’ll like this one. It’s rich and unctuous in ripe tropical fruit custard flavors, with the buttered toast, crème brûlée and smoky char that comes from new French barrels. But it has a perky acidity that lends it an appley, minerally note.— S.H.
Enormous in jammy apricot, peach, pineapple, Asian spice and sweet charred oak vanillins, this Burgundy-inspired Chard is a little sweet. But it provides enough acidity for balanced structure.— S.H.
Released at four-plus years, unusual for a Merlot, but the tannins are beginning to melt, although they’re still formidable. The underlying flavors are of cherries and oak, and the wine is dry and balanced. This wine is complex enough to drink with your best fare.— S.H.
At the age of five years-plus, this Merlot still has the fresh jamminess of a young wine. It’s soft and silky, with pie-filling cherry, black raspberry, cola and spice flavors that are a little sweet. Drink now.— S.H.
A Merlot-based blend that’s extraordinarily soft and charming. It has lush flavors of chocolate, blackberry pie, coffee and spicy oak, and smooth, gentle tannins. As sweetly fruity as it is, it could use more structure.— S.H.
So ultraripe and fruity in blackberry and cherry jam, it’s almost sweet, an impression aided by caramelized oak. Beyond the flavor, the wine is fairly simple and direct.— S.H.
This Cabernet blend serves ripe plum and blackberry flavors up front, with a hint of subtle herb essence. The tannins are a bit dry, however, and the finish is on the bright side.— J.M.