This Pinot Noir balances its extraordinary richness with a silky texture, crisp acidity and a dry, tangy minerality. The immediate impression is of fruit: cherries, raspberries and milk chocolate. Yet the finish is brisk and clean. Irresistably drinkable.— S.H.
A nice example of the ’08 Pinots, just coming out, and the price is fair for a wine of this quality. Dry and silky, it shows good varietal flavors of cherries, cola, chocolate, sweet pomegranates and smoky oak, with a long, rich finish. Drink now.— S.H.
Here’s an elegant Pinot for drinking now. It’s light and silky and dry in the mouth, with spicy flavors of cherry pie, rum punch and cola.— S.H.
This is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. It’s a lusty, full-bodied wine, rich and savory in cherries, licorice, bacon, cola and Indian spices, with a dry finish. A lovely wine for summer barbecue, or a cold weather beef stew.— S.H.
Here’s a solid effort that shows great Russian River character in the silky, velvety texture and fine acids that frame the red cherry, cola and mocha fruit. The flavors are powerfully forward, yet the wine has both elegance and subtlety. It wouldn’t hurt to decant it for a few hours.— S.H.
A fruit forward Pinot Noir, rich and buttery-sweet in raspberry, strawberry, cherry and ripe red plum jam, with an oaky veneer. Drink this pleasurable wine now for its freshness.— S.H.
Finished with a little oak, this Chardonnay features buttered toast and vanilla flavors on top of the pineapple, tropical fruit and sweet honey notes. It’s a nice, stylishly rich wine to drink now.— S.H.
Very gentle and fruity and so easy to drink. Flatters with waves of blackberries, cherries, currants, milk chocolate and anise, yet balanced with fine tannins and a dry, crisp finish. Drink now.— S.H.