Michael Pozzan 2010 Annabella Chardonnay (Napa Valley)
A clean, spicy Chardonnay, with classic flavors of oranges, green apples, pears and spices. The oak influence is minimal, allowing the fruit and acidity to star. This shows an elegance that places it at the forefront of Chardonnays in this price range.
Michael Pozzan 2010 Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County)
A perfectly fine Cabernet, with ripe blackberry, black currant and herb flavors. Does a good job at a fair price.
Michael Pozzan 1997 Reserve Red (Napa Valley)
A small Napa producer without cult status-lucky for us, or the price would be double. It has soft plum aromas, with round, juicy, plummy flavors. Well-balanced and deliciously appealing for drinking through 2004.
Michael Pozzan 2003 Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)
One of the more surprising aspects of the glut is the quantity and quality of inexpensive Napa Valley wines. Michael Pozzan, whose forebears began growing grapes in California in the 1800s, has his own 50,000-case winery in Oakville. The Reserve line represents value across several varieties. This dry, stylish…
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Michael Pozzan 2002 Annabella Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
A fine Cab whose balance and slight earthiness will enhance, not swamp, food. Delicately structured, with cherry, cassis, oak and tobacco flavors, and rich tannins.
Michael Pozzan 2010 Annabella Pinot Noir (Carneros)
There are lot’s of cherry, cola, sandalwood and exotic spice flavors in this Pinot Noir. It’s dry and silky, with a nice crispness from the acidity.
Michael Pozzan 2005 Sawyer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)
Pozzan is an Oakville-based brand, a négociant, really, that frequently offers value. This single-vineyard wine is rich and dry in citrus, apricot and fig flavors, with a refreshing minerality leading to a tartly clean finish. It shows why Lake County has a reputation for Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has a modest 12.5…
Michael Pozzan 2006 Oakville Cuvée Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Pozzan turns his attention to Zinfandel, with good results. The wine shows crisp acidity, rich tannins and brambly flavors of blackberries, cherries, milk chocolate, pepper, cloves and vanilla. So ripe, it tastes sweet, but this Zin is fundamentally dry.