A beautiful example of how nice Livermore Bordeaux reds can be when made well. This ageworthy wine is quite tannic now, but the tannins are dried, fine and drinkable with rich meats. The cassis, plum and blackberry flavors are impressively deep and long-lasting on the finish.
After nearly five years, this interesting wine’s tannins have softened, and are now lush and easy. They support dry, fruity flavors of cherries and plums that are succulent through the last swallow. Pricy, but there’s plenty of elegance. Try substituting this for a fine Cabernet.
Dark yellow honey in color, this fine blend of 52% Sémillon, 48% Sauvignon Blanc is a nice ode to white Bordeaux, very French in its austerity, with plenty of creaminess and barrel richness, too. Its layers of lemon, peach, honeysuckle and butterscotch unveil themselves slowly, the wine’s depth opening over time.
Always an interesting Bordeaux blend to taste, this mixture of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Malvasia Bianca and Orange Muscat is alive with citrus, orange blossom, mineral and dried herb aromas and flavors. It’s very complex in the mouth, and zesty with fresh acidity. Fun to drink, but also a serious white wine.
Not too many Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blends call themselves Meritage anymore, but here’s one, and it’s a nice wine. Semillon fattens the wine out, adding a rich, nutty oiliness to Sauvignon’s lean citrus and grass flavors. The result is balanced and elegant.
The blend is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The result is a medium-bodied, softly textured red wine with flavors of black cherries, tobacco and vanilla that finishes velvety smooth. Drink now.
From 85-year-old, head-pruned vines; a full-bodied, jammy Zin bursting with the spicy aromas and flavors that make California’s own variety so popular. The tannins are soft but intricate, and vibrant acidity provides lively balance.
For anyone who wants to walk the walk of low-alcohol wines, this is a place to start, a 12.5% alcohol blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat Canelli, Gewürztraminer and Orange Muscat all grown in the Livermore Valley. This wine has inviting notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel and will make a welcome companion at any backyard barbecue or casual dinner…