Full, supple and tasty, this Chardonnay named for Benjamin’s mother strikes a nice balance between crisp and creamy elements. The nose and palate show apple, lemon, caramel, oak and spice. Medium-bodied and richly textured, this wine closes with good length, lees notes, butterscotch and toast. Drink now through 2004.
This Cabernet-based blend opens with deep cassis and herb aromas. A svelte, evenly textured palate follows, with dark berry and plum flavors sporting tobacco accents. Finely balanced, it finishes long, with full, even tannins.
Cassis, leather, spice and faint creamy notes open this nicely balanced claret-like red. The dry cherry, licorice and earth palate, very even tannins, and lingering finish offer plenty of appeal, and it’s built to be consumed within the next few years.
Berry, bark, herb and green tobacco aromas open this Bordeaux blend. Earth and herb accents show strongly on the palate. Ready to drink, it’s elegant if not particularly weighty. Closes slightly short, with more earth and herb elements.
This, the less-expensive red from Rupert & Rothschild, has been a consistent performer since its introduction. It’s smooth and elegant, with dark fruit, tasty oak, and tobacco-espresso accents. Classique is like an attractive potential partner in a singles bar—perhaps not terribly deep, but undeniably seductive, with plenty of up-front appeal.
Full-bodied, and full of flavor. Displaying aromas of tropical fruits, butterscotch and menthol, this wine has a ripe feel about it, but is still balanced by lively acidity. Some notes of corn show through, as does some heat on the finish, but it’s still very good. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
This Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend offers aromas and flavors of tobacco and plum with a spin of cherry. Hearty but elegant, the wine will age nicely for several years. Pair with like-minded dishes with a smoky edge.