Extraordinarily sweet and concentrated, coating the mouth with sugar and honey and the distinctive apricot flavor of botrytis. The underlying fruit flavors veer toward mangoes and papaya, although high acidity makes for a citrusy undercurrent. It’s not just rich, it’s elegant.
A real Napa fruit bomb, but deliciously made with tons of pounding fruit and mounds of vanilla from 18 months in American oak. Definitely new-world in style, hence the Shiraz name. Throughout there are nuances of sweet almond candy. Better in another year or two.
Convincingly demonstrates that a wine can be rich and well extracted, yet retain a sense of balance and elegance. Ripe, plummy fruit is framed by dry spices and toasty oak; the wine is full bodied but seems almost weightless. An intriguing herbal thread winds through the wine from start to finish, offering a compelling note of complexity.
An atypically lush, full-bodied Pinot, this harkens back to the winery’s excellent 2001 in style, ripe and plummy, yet with complex notes of coffee, meat, dried herbs and cracked pepper. Long on the finish, where hints of black tea emerge. Imported by Meadowbank Estates.
This small Martinborough producer continues to excel. The 2006 is a little less savory than some past vintages, but compensates by offering pure black cherry fruit framed by vanilla and cinnamon. Pinot Noir's elusive texture is captured by silky waves across the palate, which take on a velvety edge on the finish. Drink now-2015.
This Shiraz is peppered with such intriguing spices (hickory smoke and cinnamon on the nose, and some Moroccan spices on the palate) that we’ll overlook the fact that they’re wood-derived. The bouquet also offers lush berry fruit and a little coffee; fruit on the bouquet is a little more tart—blueberry and sour blackberry prevail. Mouthfeel is low in acid, with…
Has a smart, snappy Sauvignon aroma of lemons and limes, apricots, figs and lusher notes of white apricots and peaches. Drinks very ripe and fruity, but fairly dry, with good minerality and acidity.
A most interesting and complex Viognier. The strong, brisk acidity really strikes you, and is unusual for this variety, which is usually soft. Then the flavors hit, showy but elegant, an array of crushed citrus zest, white peach yogurt, apricot, vanilla and dusty spices. Try this racy wine as an alternative to Chardonnay.