Taft Street raised the price on their ’07 Chard significantly, and it is a better wine than the ’06. It’s textbook cool-climate, with crisp acidity girding oak-inspired flavors of pineapples, green apples and pears.
A clean, bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of mouthwatering acidity to get those tastebuds whistling. It has polished flavors of lemons, limes, grapefruits, vanilla and white pepper. Good value.
Anjou pear, tangerine and some anise are detectable on the otherwise neutral nose. There’s also some pear and orange flavors that are supported by proper oaking. This wine is steady down the middle, though it does lack a certain oomph and punch.
There’s a lot going on in this dry, tart wine, with its vivid flavors of gooseberry, lime, grapefruit and passion fruit. From a single vineyard, it possesses an intensity and focus that make it particularly enjoyable.
It’s so easy to get a big Zin wrong, especially in a hot vintage like 2004, but Taft Street does a good juggling act with this single-vineyard Zin, made from century-old vines. The wine flirts with excessive sweetness, but pulls back at the last second, so that the blackberry, cherry and mocha flavors are essentially dry. Rich, fine tannins and brisk acidity help…
Melon and tangerine aromas. Citrusy, racy mouthfeel displaying good sweet apple and mandarin orange flavors. Very fruity from stem to stern, but one of the nicest “sweeties” we tasted. Pleasing and easy to like.
Monterey grapes star in this juicy wine, with its bright flavors of tropical and citrus fruits, steely acidity, and spicy notes of toasty oak and vanilla. The yummy flavors float in a creamy-smooth texture. Taft Street has long been known as an overlooked find. Its Chardonnays have consistently scored well in our tastings.