Unusual, distinctive, and a wonderful first release from this new brand, a member of the Niven (Baileyana) family of wines. A blend of Tempranillo, Mourvèdre and Grenache, it’s utterly dry, richly tannic and well-structured, with earthy flavors of cherries, blueberries, herbs, unsweetened cocoa, black pepper and other dusty spices. A brilliant and provocative wine…
It’s approachable and drinkable now, with its flamboyant flavors of blackberries and herbs and lush, easy tannins, but is more balanced. Exciting in the mouth; the extremely long, spicy finish suggests aging through at least 2006.
This wine coats the glass with glycerinery streaks, and throws off amazingly complex aromas ranging from cherry liqueur through smoky oak to mouthwatering grilled lamb. It’s that rich, too, offering endless tiers of black stone fruit flavors. The structure is provided by good acidity and firm tannins.
A blend of two great vineyards, Shadow Canyon and Laetitia, this wine is notable for its delicacy and charm. But that doesn’t mean it’s wimpy. It’s tremendously rich in cherry preserves, kirsch, cassis and spices, but maintains a crisp balance and freshness. Very fine and dry finish.
Io has a really good track record with this Syrah, which is grown in Paso Robles. The ’06 is intricately structured, a dry wine with complex flavors of blackberries, currants, dates, mocha, leather, grilled meat, pepper and vanilla. Hard to resist drinking it now, but it should evolve in interesting ways over the next six years.
A really nice Pinot Noir, rich and silky, with gentle tannins and fine, crisp acidity. It’s delicately structured, but powerful in raspberry, rosehip tea, vanilla, spice and sandalwood flavors. An upscale wine that gets better as it breathes in the glass.
Hits the ground running with wonderful flavors of raspberries, cherries, red licorice and toasty oak, anchored by coffee and mushroom notes. The acidity is mouthwatering, and the texture silky and clean. Should easily develop over the next six years, but it’s delicious now as well.
This big, ripe, powerful Syrah is potent in everything the grape develops in a cool vintage. The flavors are all about white pepper-accented crushed blackberries and cherries, with a salty, beef jerky savory taste, while the tannins give a sharp, structural edge. There’s even an acidic cut. The volume suggests decanting, and it could develop in the bottle over the…