This strong, brawny wine is furry in tannins and brambly in wild blackberry and cassis flavors. There’s a sweetness to it that suggests liqueur, though the finish is dry. The new oak is strong, but proportionate to the wine’s inherent volume. Entirely drinkable now with grilled steak, but if you have a cellar, try stashing some for up to six years.
Celebrity chef Florence, in partnership with Rob Mondavi, from Folio Fine Wine Partners, has crafted this delicious, zesty Sauvignon Blanc. It’s so rich in kiwi, lime, tangerine, wildflower, vanilla and mineral flavors, it’s practically a food group in itself, but bright acidity grounds and balances it. Great job at a good price.
Decadently jammed with aromas and flavors of dark plum, blackberry and chocolate, this has subtle layers of black licorice and brawny leather. With small amounts of Syrah and Petit Verdot, this powerhouse gets better in the glass. Chef-turned-vintner Tyler Florence suggests pairing it with osso bucco.