This is a Claret-like Zinfandel, mellow and simply rendered, with layers of dark cherry, blackberry and lilting spiciness. This would be spectacular with lighter fare like barbecued chicken or grilled turkey burgers.
Greg Graziano’s Chenin, grown in a 30-plus-year-old vineyard, among the last of its kind in Mendocino County, is crisp and nutty, supported by dried apple, honey and melon-tinged minerality. Fermented in all French oak barrels, the wine has a calming roundness amid its acidity.
Big, toasty and brooding at first, this calms down and becomes a glass of pleasing dark fruits and soft tannins, with a lilt of spice. A fine midweek wine that will pair with a range of meats and taste perfectly good on its own.
A fine Mendocino Petite Sirah that’s mouth filling with blueberry and licorice and plenty structured to age longer than it already has. With pleasant layers of licorice and black tea, especially on the finish, it’s also ready to drink now.