Tannicly dry, but balanced and complex, with a silky, rich mouthfeel. Almost like a Chinon, although it has no Cabernet Franc. Under the tannins are rich flavors of cherries, red currants, violets and cedar. Now-2012.— S.H.
Bone dry and robust, this affordable Cab has refined tannins framing flavors of black currants, blackberries and plums, with layers of spice, smoke and cedar. Good buy for the quality.— S.H.
JanKris is located in the cooler, westside Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles, and their wines are moderately priced. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot is very fruity, with ripe blackberry, cherry, pomegranate, cocoa, tobacco and coffee flavors that finish softly dry. There’s something about the long…— S.H.
Jammy and fruity in raspberries, cherries and cocoa, this blend also has some overripe notes that veer into currants and raisins. It’s a dry, rustic wine to drink now.— S.H.
Blended with 20% Zinfandel, this Sangiovese is dry, acidic and somewhat harsh in the mouth. It has cherry, raspberry, tobacco and herb flavors that finish a little medicinal.— S.H.
A blend of Chardonnay and Viognier, this dry, crisp white shows the peach and pineapple flavors of the former, and the floral spiciness of the latter.— S.H.
There are some ripe, lip smacking flavors of sweet blackberries, cherries, chocolate and licorice here. Drinks dry but a little raw and sharp. Nice with comfort foods. Cab Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.— S.H.
A nice, easy drinking, everyday sort of red. It’s dry and clean, with berry and tobacco flavors. Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon.— S.H.