Lush and elegant, showing its mountain origins in the dusty tannins. A really beautiful wine, with perfectly ripened blackberry, plum, cola, coffee and spicy oak flavors, and those tannins are rich, ripe and refined. Buy by the case, then open one bottle a year as it slowly evolves.— S.H.
If this delicious bottling is any indication, this region is prime for Malbec. Aromas of grape soda, black slate, turned loam, blueberry and purple flowers make for a nicely even nose, and the palate is rich and full with balanced tannins. The juicy flavors include black cherries, plums, cassis and blueberry extract…— M.K.
Remarkably intriguing aromas of dragon’s blood spice (a Southeast Asian incense) as well as cinnamon and dried raspberries arise on this wine by Dan and Thérèse Martin. The palate is also highly floral, like sipping a purple bouquet, with violet and ollallieberry flavors that linger after your sip is done.— M.K.
Aromas of blackberries are set against freshly milled cedar, dried flowers, chopped herbs and a bit of iron. Oregano and thyme lead the palate, with slightly sour boysenberry fruit as well as espresso, dark chocolate and camphor, leaning on herbs more than ripe fruit.— M.K.
This is a savory wine from the valley where California’s wine industry started before housing developments took over. Aromas of roasted pork, black cherry, blackberry and wild mint lure the nose. The palate delivers welcoming, broad notes of violet, more dark purple fruit, some peppercorns and a gamy finish.— M.K.
Dan and Thérèse Martin’s Gilroy vineyard is responsible for this impressive wine, with a seductive nose that invites with blackberry fruit, chopped herbs and dust. The flavor profile remains quite tight, with lavender, violet and lilac florals that are sure to unwind and show more fruit and earth. Drink 2018–2030.— M.K.
Break out the prosciutto, potstickers and other delicious appetizers for this crisp, fruity wine. The zesty acidity brightens fresh flavors of lemons, limes and kiwis. Shows how beautifully this little appellation in the Salinas Valley treats white wines.— S.H.
A soft, round Malbec with nice texture and depth, its flavors dominated by blackberry and boysenberry with a spicy cinnamon and vanilla finish. Pair it with beefy, meaty dishes and all will be well in the world.— V.B.