The fine tannins and perfect acidity give structure to this ripe Pinot Noir, making it instantly likeable now, but it’s really a wine to guard for a few years. Thoroughly dry, it shows rich, deep flavors of red and black cherry purée, Dr. Pepper cola, anise and sandalwood, leading to a long, spicy finish. Cellar…— S.H.
Fresh, crisp and uncomplicated, this offers aromas of honey and sliced peaches, with a lively texture and good balance. Medium-bodied, it makes a great wine for a picnic, before dinner or with seafood.— J.G.
Off-dry to semi-sweet, this wine’s honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and Meyer lemon richness are balanced by zesty acidity.— S.H.
This savory, polished Riesling comes from an up-and-coming vineyard in Philo. The wine is crisp and racy, with a tangy minerality undergirding the peach, apple, citrus and diesel flavors that finish a little off-dry.— S.H.
Very pale in color, this ’07 Gewurz, tasted just 6 months after harvest, was a bit muted. Airing brings out rich, spicy aromas and flavors ranging from green apples and peaches to dates, vanilla, wildflowers and dusty spices. The wine was barrel-fermented.— S.H.
An old-school, non-interventionist style of Pinot Noir with a slightly tawny color on the rim and similarly mature flavors. This has earthy, tea-like aromas, flavors of dried cranberries and a mellow texture.— J.G.
The color—a rather light garnet going to brownish—suggests an older wine or one made with rustic methods, and the flavors travel the same path. An earthy quality shades modest cherry flavors, while hints of clove and cinnamon add complexity.— J.G.