This Syrah, with 3% Viognier, exhibits pretty cherry and raspberry tones, with a lingering touch of orange peel. It is concentrated, with a silky texture, mellow tannins and a meaty backbone.
An exotic Chardonnay, this is reminiscent of a Rhône white wine, with its honeysuckle, mineral, apricot, tangerine and sautéed banana flavors. It’s certainly savory. Don’t drink it too cold.
A big, savory Syrah from Mendocino’s well-known Eaglepoint Ranch that’s been aged in neutral oak but retains layers of tar and caramel on the finish. Let this wine open before pairing it with rich, meaty fare.
Stark’s Viognier is liltingly ripe, enveloped by lemon and kumquat and a circle of spice. Light and crisp upon opening it develops a depth of textures and layered flavors over time and is very pretty, retaining plenty of acidity amidst its alcohol and neutral oak. Pair it with Thai food or creamy lobster rolls.
This is brisk in acidity and entirely dry, with the low-alcohol austerity of the cool 2011 vintage. The flavors are good but elusive, suggesting cherry skin, smoked ham, tobacco, fresh herb and white pepper.
Shows off Viognier’s exotic style. An opulent, dry wine bursting with honeysuckle, apricot jam and lime flavors, with a cinnamon spice finish. Brisk acidity makes it all clean and bright.