A really strong showing by Vivác, this New Mexican Syrah offers appealing blackberry fruit and wood smoke aromas alongside a crisp palate infused with cassis notes. The medium finish shows some nice bramble character. Try with roasted game. Drink now or hold a year or two for more complexity.
The nose is a pleasant harmony of dark, ripe fruit, espresso grinds and carefully charred French oak. Coffee and cigar box notes carry through the palate as well, marrying with fresher red-fruit flavors. There’s quite a bit of tannin to grapple with still, but overall, it’s a pleasant medium-bodied red.
This single-vineyard Merlot smells sweetly of ripe black plums with just a whisper of menthol and Band Aid. Soft on the palate, there’s a good amount of dark fruit, but it’s a tad tired and dusty. The finish is strong with a high-toned acidity and firm tannins.
This Cabernet from New Mexico surprises with its complex nose of savory spice, plum and currant, and flavors of red berry, mocha and anise. Firm tannins and good balance are topped by a lingering mocha and mint finish.
A good effort in the rough-and-ready genre. Aromas are straightforward plum shot through with earthy notes. The palate shows good cherry fruit and is quite gripping, with slightly rustic tannins that carry over to the short finish. Give it a year in the cellar to smooth out, then try with hearty beef dishes.
The aromas of cola, java chip, licorice and cherry are pleasant and plentiful, ultimately evolving into grapey dark-fruit and cedary spice flavors. With its medium-grained tannins, modestly concentrated flavors and supporting acids, this should pair well with burgers or other casual foods.
With its enticing aromas and flavors of anise, berry and spice, this New Mexico Cabernet has body and a kick to it that’s impressive, and is a fun cohort to grilled steak or ribs. A savory wintertime beef stew would bring out the wine’s tobacco and chocolate flavors, too.
An alluring nose of plum, leather and spice leads on this red, and on the palate, structured, big fruit flavors follow. It’s jammy but has grip, and though slightly one dimensional, the wine has character. A good showing.