Raye’s Hill has done a very nice job with this single-vineyard wine. It shows the coolness of the vintage and terroir in the crisp acidity and silky texture. The vintage’s long hangtime also shows in the bright, pure fruit flavors. Cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, rhubarb and cola all come together in a long, spicy finish.
In this wine’s favor are nice aromatics and a silky, rich texture. Cherries, Oriental spices, oak, cola and plum flavors mix it up, in a delicate, refined wine that finishes balanced and harmonious. Lots of control here.
Some Pinot Blancs are Chard wannabes. This refreshing wine is distinctly itself, with its flavors of freshly picked apples and cold, sweet honeydew melons. It may have a little residual sugar, but the crisp acidity makes it finish clean and dry.
A bit too ripe, with chocolate-covered raisin flavors and a touch of pruniness in the finish. It’s a tasty wine, even a delicious one, and it does the best job it can, but that kind of supermaturity loses points.
This is the first Raye’s Hill Bordeaux wine I’ve tasted, and it’s pretty good. Merlot brings a cherried softness, while Cabernet contributes cassis and a tannic backbone. Drink now through 2008.
Tastes a little full-bodied for a Pinot, with a Grenache-like mouthfeel and cherry flavors, but there’s no doubting the goodness and richness of this estate-bottled wine. It has nice acidity to balance the slightly sweet fruit.