Raciness, class and breed mark this delicious wine. With its bright, tropical fruit and spice aromas and bold, rich flavors, it’s a delight from start to finish. Crisp acidity carries waves of ripe extract through the long finish. Editors’ Choice.
Delicate and kind of ethereal at first, but seems to grow a spine the longer it sits in the glass. Aromas are of talc, vanilla and citrus; the palate feel reprises the dusty-talcy impression. A dry twist of lemon drop on the finish completes a very pretty picture. Imported by Cumulus Wines Inc.
Only contains 1% Viognier, so maybe the impression is subliminal, but there does seem to be a hint of apricot to this wine’s raspberry-blueberry fruit and cracked pepper. It’s medium-bodied, with firm acids but soft tannins on the finish. Drink now and over the next 8 years.
Mostly barrel-fermented in French oak, this is a smoky, nutty Chardonnay that successfully integrates the wood with pear and honey notes. The texture in the mouth is rich and layered, ending long and tinged with roasted nuts. Drink now–2010.
This softly structured, user-friendly Chard boasts prototypical barrel-fermented notes of cashews, buttered toast and grilled peaches, carried along by a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel. Finishes long, with well integrated oak. Drink now.
A bit unyielding on the nose, then the palate shows rather tight and citrusy flavors. Yet there’s ample weight on the palate and a long, fresh finish tinged with hard peaches and pineapple. This seemingly contradictory wine just needs some time to develop; try after 2009.
Darkly colored and flavored, this Merlot shows lots of toasty oak wrapped around a core of berry and black plum flavors. The mouthfeel is even and smooth, but the spicy finish turns a bit woody, picking up a dry, tart edge as the oak takes over. Tastes rather like a Cabernet, with its dark hue and flavor range.
Full-bodied, round and soft, this is an easy-drinking Chardonnay with ample complexity. Hints of smoke and honey accent ripe melon scents on the nose, while the palate adds buttery notes of Golden Delicious apples and smoky flavors of grilled yellow plums. Drink now.