Another outstanding Pinot Blanc from Monterey, this one opens with a whiff of almonds and honey, leading into a center of melon and light citrus flavors. A lovely alternative to one more tired Chardonnay.
Classic warm-country Zin, with briary, brambly wild-berry aromas with a hint of raisins, and big, juicy flavors. Finishes hot. Modest tannins and soft acidity make this dry wine immediately drinkable.
The herbal and briny notes in this wine divided our panel, with some tasters relishing its near-vegetal complexities layered over syrupy blackberry fruit, while others condemned it for the same. Try it yourself.
A full-bodied wine that rides a bit rough in the mouth, with ripe flavors of cherries, blackberries and coffee and a bit of raisining. The finish also turns hot. Try with a pepper-rubbed pork tenderloin.
A fairly intense initial aroma of barnyard and leather blows off to reveal a nose of beautiful earth, cinnamon and caramel. Appealing violet, anise and leathery flavors on the still-tight palate. Nice fruit-to-acid balance and a brisk, spicy finish. In a slight ugly-duckling phase, there are very nice elements here. Hold for a year or two.