Opens with a pure, clean, high-toned aroma, powerful yet delicate, of cherries, cola, coffee, cinnamon and smoky oak. In the mouth, the wine has fantastic density and concentration, rich in fruits and spices, but with a brilliant Pinotesque silkiness. Simply a marvelous wine.
An absolutely delicious Pinot Noir. Hard to exaggerate the drinkability factor. Supremely ripe cherry and raspberry fruit is highlighted by brilliantly crisp acidity to make it all bright and lively. Oak plays second fiddle, contributing rich, tasteful notes of smoke, vanilla and buttered cinnamon toast. Just gorgeous for drinking now and for the next 5–6 years…
Easily the best of La Rochelle’s three Pinots, with a zesty acidity that frames ripe cherries, pomegranates, cola, oak and citrus zest. The Arroyo Seco is an under-appreciated appellation in Salinas Valley, while the clonal mix of this wine consists of older selections, not today’s cleaned-up Dijon specimens. This is a complex, addictive Pinot. Best now and for a…
From this distinct varietal clone, a remarkably New Zealand-like wine. ItÕs tart and rich in citrus, gooseberry and fir aromas and flavors, and so dry and acidic, it practically burns the palate. Which makes it a great aperitif wine to stimulate the palate. This is one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs in years.
Massively huge flavors of tropical fruits are balanced by crisp acidity, high enough to make the pineapple, guava and mango flavors shine. New, smoky oak adds the depth to make this wine truly complex and delicious. Big and unctuous, this is a flashy wine meant to complement rich, showy foods.
Big, big, big, in every respect. Fruit, acids, oak, body, extract, it’s all packed into a huge wine that fills the mouth with citrus, apple and guava flavors wrapped in a rich, custardy texture. Yet the wine is balanced and elegant. Calls for high-end pairing at the table.
Another major success from Ventana. Starts with complex aromas of meat, smoky oak and cassis, then turns wonderfully flavorful in the mouth, with an explosion of currant, cherry, plum, chocolate and spice. Feels dense and lush. Finishes very dry, with tannins to shed.
A little softer than K-J’s Camelot Highlands, but no less delicious, with similar lemon drop and custard flavors and a tinge of sweet, ripe pear. The mouthfeel is round, creamy and full-bodied, with a complex veneer of toasty oak.