This Syrah-dominant blend with 12% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 2% Viognier offers a delicious, fruit-driven core matched with complex spice notes of sweet smoke, cured meat and fresh tobacco leaf. The mouth is silky and smooth with fine-grain tannins and a white pepper-flecked finish. Drink now–2012.
This is a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc with notes of sweet pea, honeydew, gooseberry and lemon rind citrus. Medium weight with assertive acidity and a vibrant, mouth-watering finish. Try with lemon roasted chicken or grilled swordfish.
Although this wine starts off a little closed and muted, with time it opens up to reveal a nuanced and refined Chenin. Hints of chalk, soft white florals and red apple unfold in the bouquet, with more dominant flavors of sweet tangerine, ripe melon and leesy richness flesh out the mouth. There’s a soft oakiness throughout, though it’s never overpowering or out of line.
Spicy plum and black currant aromas lead this stylish red blend. On the palate, savory black fruit and pepper flavors are poised and elegant, and not too big. Structured tannins and a spicy finish give it muscle, but overall it’s a mannered wine with a touch of mischief at the end.
The ever-creative Charles Back scores again with this blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Barbera and Primitivo. The nose offers red currant, cinnamon, cherry and vanilla, and on the palate, friendly fruit flavors are finished with a blast of fiery spice. The wine can age but is good today with spicy ribs, beef and assertive flavors.
A nose of red fruit, spice and violet is followed by fresh but lush aromas of cherries, blackberries and a touch of smoke and dark chocolate. Smooth and integrated, with a pretty, aromatic character.
Red berry fruit, cloves and pepper lead on this sultry Cabernet from winemaker Marc Kent. On the palate, complex but easy-to-drink layers of chocolate, tobacco, subtle smoke and red berry dominate. Tannin structure allows for aging.
This is a structured, balanced white with aromas of gooseberry, flint and spice on the nose, and flavors of fresh citrus and fruit on the palate. Clean and crisp but offering complexity, this wine marries rich fruit and cracking acid very successfully. Pair with spicy Indian cuisine, grilled seafood.