There’s an herbal aroma that reminds me of eucalyptus trees, and the wine is very strongly flavored with menthol or, to use the winemaker’s own word, mint. This is said to be a cool area, which may explain why it’s not fruitier. That said, it’s compelling. It’s so structurally beautiful, so well balanced that you find yourself returning for a second sip.
Lush and mouthfilling, this tropical-fruited Chard offers a ton of flavors at a surprisingly small price. Smoky toasted-almond notes accent star fruit and guava flavors. Drink now–2011.
Smells fresh and clean, and has a stony mouthfeel. White stone fruit dominates the palate; elegant, though not quite as concentrated as it should be. Very good, and will be excellent in another vin tage. 250 cases produced. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.
This unwooded Chard is elegant and a little austere, but very nice. It has a sturdy spine with a dry, mineral texture and light pear and citrus flavors. The finish isn’t tremendous at first, but lengthens and reveals citrus flavors with some time in the glass. 500 cases. Imported by Indigo Wine Group.
This Chardonnay’s vanilla bean and smoky oak aromas are compelling, as are its flavors of citrus peel, white pepper and cream. It’s fresh and round on the palate, finishing with a zing of citrus. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
A nicely balanced rendition of Tempranillo, with dark, berry-scented fruit and a veneer of vanilla and toasty oak. Easy, with supple tannins that don’t get in the way of present enjoyment.
Gamy, leathery aromas don’t quite hide this wine’s sweet cherry nuances. In the mouth, the leather, tobacco, cigar box and oak notes are prominent, but some nice plum, berry and cherry come through in medium- bodied style. There’s good acidity and some firm tannins that need to soften. Enjoy from 2003 through 2006.
This is the rarest of all finds: a high-quality Pinot Noir at an everyday price. It’s medium bodied and crisp, with ample complexity that blends smoke, cedar, cola and black cherry notes. With its reasonably firm finish, it might be interesting to try in another year or two, although it’s ready to drink now.