Pricey, but an example of the promise this area shows for this white Rhône variety. It’s an interesting wine, dry and crisp, yet rich in fruity extract. The creamy-smooth texture frames the zesty peach, citrus, herb, chocolate and floral flavors perfectly. —S.H.
Dark aromas and flavors of coffee and cola share center stage with cedar and black cherries. Despite the heavy flavors, the wine is a bit on the light side, but smooth and harmonious. Finishes with hints of espresso and smooth, velvety tannins.
More than half the fruit is from San Diego, where Orfila is based. Full, earthy aromas and palate qualities set the stage for a long, woody finish. It’s on the heavy-chunky side of the fence, and thus scores few points for elegance.
Rich in oak barrel and caramel vanilla, this presents plenty of pear and lemon, even lemon meringue flavors. Ample acidity adds brightness, making this a good match for mussels or roast chicken.
Yes, the vintage is correct. Who else is releasing a 2001 Pinot in 2006? Yet it’s a good wine, dry, clean and silky, with cherry pie, cola, rosehip tea and spice flavors. That Edna Valley acidity has preserved it well.
Powerful aromatics lead to powerful fruity flavors in this Rhône-style wine. A blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, it explodes in apricot and peach juice, vanilla bean and honeysuckle flavors that finish dry and spicy. The high alcohol isn’t a problem.