A powerful and dramatic Pinot Noir. The first thing you notice is the depth. The range of flavors goes on and on, ranging from cherries, oranges and cola through mocha to more classic notes of forest floor, mushrooms and peppery spices. Bone dry, with ultra-fine tannins, it’s a gorgeous wine now, and should age…— S.H.
Very fine and complex. This deeply flavored Pinot Noir is powerful, but it’s also elegantly silky, which is the magic combination. Shows perfectly ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with gorgeous overtones of oak and spices. Beautiful now, and will age well through 2014 or so.— S.H.
Made solidly in the California style of ripe fruit and plenty of oak. Shows luscious pineapple tart, pear jam and buttered toast flavors, but balanced with firm acidity and a stony minerality.— S.H.
The flavors are rich, spanning cherry pie and raspberry tart, vanilla and cinnamon-sprinkled cappuccino, and a hint of ripe, sweet Heirloom tomato. For all the richness, the wine is dry, silky and balanced.— S.H.
A pretty, polished and elegant Pinot Noir, the kind that feels like sheer silk in your mouth. It’s delicious, too, with spicy raspberry, cherry and sweet oak flavors. Lots of charm in this Pinot to drink now.— S.H.
A very nice Pinot that shows the classic elegance associated with this producer. It’s one to drink now. Dry and silky, it offers rich, complex flavors of cherries, cola, spices and sandalwood. Feels really classy all the way through.— S.H.
The most successful of Stemmler’s ‘06 Pinots, this beauty shows the silky texture and crisp acidity of cool-climate Carneros. It offers immediately pleasurable flavors of cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, cola, cinnamon spice and sandalwood.— S.H.
Lots of richness in this dry, minerally Chardonnay. It has forward flavors of peaches, pears, baked green apples and flint, while lots of new oak contributes honey and caramel notes.— S.H.