Seems very oaky, with in-your-face aromas of vanilla, char and pepper, but the fruit is able to support it. In fact, the underlying flavors are rich and gorgeous. It shows Cabernet’s cassis and blackberry aromatics, with the soft tannins and velvety, drink-me-now texture of Merlot.
A really wonderful wine. It seems classic Dry Creek Valley, in terms of bright, spicy fruit, as polished as marble on the surface, with maybe less stuffing than, say, Napa. But that’s not to put it down. Racy tannins and dry acids make it competitive in a worldwide market.
Lovely wine that is true to the spirit of old-vine Zinfandel yet remains elegant and sleek as a 1999 Jaguar. There’s Carignane and Petite Sirah in the blend, adding to the complexity and depth. Limited production, so shop early and often.
Mainly Merlot, this Bordeaux blend is enormously rich in sweet cassis, cherry and cedar. It’s assertive in that way, yet possesses an elegant architecture composed of rich, dusty tannins and crisp acids. Should hold well for at least five years.
A lean and elegant wine with delicious lemony flavors moving toward a creamy, extended center and a lingering finish. Balanced and fully integrated, this is a Chardonnay that should improve in the bottle over the next few years.
Made from about 90% Dry Creek fruit, Lambert Bridge’s Merlot is very dry and softly scented with red cherry, sweet pipe tobacco and coffee flavors nudging into cocoa. It has a delicate, refined mouthfeel, showing less power than sheer finesse.
Very bright, pure fruit; lemony and citrusy, with a nutty, figgy note from a small amount of Sémillon. Creamy, rich, almost opulent flavors cascade over the palate. The finish is long and distinctly lemony. Best Buy.
Very nicely composed with toasty oak over apple/pear fruit and crème brûlée aromas. It has a full but not heavy mouthfeel, with rich apple and butterscotch flavors. The finish is tangy and toasty, with good length.