More classically structured than the wine Ben Riggs makes under the Mr Riggs label, this is more savory and spicy, with blueberry fruit marked by hints of cinnamon, clove and cracked pepper. Long and mouthwatering on the finish.
Has aromas of coffee and cola, sprinkled with black peppercorn. The palate offers smooth, dry tannins with juicy plum and stone-mineral flavors. A very pretty, enjoyable wine overall. Imported by Epicurean Wines.
Blackberry, cream and a doughy note on the nose open to attractive cherry-licorice and coffee flavors. This is medium-weight and complex, with olive, caramel, mineral and earth notes, though not particularly deep. Closes with a tangy, peppery finish. A split-decision for our panel, but enjoyed by most tasters.
Bright red fruit on the nose. The palate is smooth, though the wood isn’t shy; overlaid with briary, tobaccoey notes. A very good wine, though the lifted cherry-eucalyputs flavor combination may not be for everyone. Imported by Epicurean Wines.
Aromas are of sweet-smelling nectarines and melon. The panel was unanimous in describing this wine as harmonious—medium in body, but soft in demeanor, with all the parts in order. Flavors are of nectarine and mango, with toast and vanilla accents, and continue on through the finish.
The nose offers a host of red aromas, including stewy, almost tomatoey fruit, and pretty red pencil eraser. A medium-sized wine on the palate, this Shiraz reprises the familiar red berries-plum-earth-oak theme, but does it well.
Honey and hay accent flavors and aromas of white peach and pear. The two grape components complement each other well, with Viognier giving some lift on the nose, and some heft on the palate. Very good. Imported by Epicurean Wines.