Probably the most expensive unoaked Chard out there, this is a stunning wine, showing the laserlike purity and bright acids that this northwestern part of the Highlands coaxes from the grapes. The brilliantly illuminated flavors range from limes and kiwis to green apples, peaches and guavas. The finish is dry, but with a honeyed unctuousness that could be a touch…
An inky wine that sports a core of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, spice, herbs, tar and licorice flavors. Tannins are quite firm yet supple enough. A wellmade wine from an unusual variety that should age quite nicely.
A smooth, complex wine brimming with pretty cherry, anise, spice and herb flavors. A hint of sage and thyme adds finesses to the finish, which is long. Well balanced and fine-crafted.
Quite bold and fruity, it’s more like a Zinfandel. But so what? The wine is delicious, with ripe cherry and plum flavors backed by pretty chocolate and spice notes. Finishes long, with a subtle vanilla touch. From young Central Coast winemaker Benjamin Silver. —J.M.
Pretty peach, apricot, mealon and spice notes frame a core of refreshing, lemon-like acidity. The finish shows a hint of vanilla and more spice. This wine is fun, fresh and lively to the end. -J.M.
Full bodied and richly textured, the wine serves up cassis, blackberry, toast, herb and licorice flavors. Tannins are fairly ripe, highlighted by bright acidity. Finishes with a hint of bitterness.
Starts off with toasty cedar and spice aromas. The wine then fans out to show off cassis, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, coffee and herb flavors. Tannins are supple, and the finish is moderate in length.
Pretty and elegant. Winemaker Benjamin Silver has tamed Nebbiolo’s notoriously bright acidity and coarse tannins in the smooth-textured wine. It’s redolent of cherry, plum, spice, earth, cedar and toast flavors, finishing with moderate length and a tangy edge.