You will want to age this Cabernet—8 or 10 years of development is the only way to allow the hard tannins to begin to melt away, allowing the fabulous core of blackberries, currants and dark chocolate to emerge. It’s hard to exaggerate the wine’s depth; it’s so elegantly pure, concentrated and focused. Don’t even…— S.H.
This dramatically structured Cab needs time in the cellar. It straddles the old-fashioned style of long-aging and the modern style of immediate opulence. The tannins star, sticky and firm, but the wine, which contains minor amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is so rich, so loaded in black currants, cherries…— S.H.
This Syrah tries to strike a balance between rich opulence and controlled elegance, and it largely succeeds. It’s has exquisite tannins and fine acidity, finishing bone dry. The flavors are complex, immediately suggesting ripe blackberries, with notes of beef tartare, grilled wild mushrooms splashed with tamari…— S.H.
Very distinctive, opening with pencil lead and cedar-cigar box aromas. Very fine and pure. Airing coaxes out the deep blackberry, red and black cherry and blueberry flavors. Finishes with a sweep of sweet fennel. Well-structured and delicious now, and should age beyond 2010.— S.H.
Whatever the blend is on this red wine, and winemaker Heidi Barrett isn’t saying, it’s really interesting. The bottle is old-fashioned and stubby, like something from the 1700s. The wine itself is immediately likeable for its spicy array of spices and berries. Despite its upfront appeal, there’s a complexity that…— S.H.
A new wine from superstar winemaker Heidi Barrett, and the label is one of the coolest ever. It’s extraordinarily rich and opulent, with a tapestry-like silky complexity. The blackberry, cherry and olive flavors are very ripe, yet it finishes wonderfully dry.— S.H.
Almost clear in color, this wine has pungently floral aromas of honeysuckle that pave the way for sizzling acidity and fresh layers of peach and lime zest to complement one another on the palate. Refreshing, light bodied and dry, this is a wonderful additional to any arsenal of aromatic wines for summertime enjoyment.— V.B.
Winemaker Heidi Barrett was making Moscato way before the current craze started, so you can call her a visionary. Her 2011, an unusual blend of fruit from Napa Valley and Paso Robles, is a real crowd pleaser. Tasted in May of 2012, it’s a little spritzy, which gives a nice, clean edge to the orange, vanilla and…— S.H.