What a lovely Riesling. The grapes were grown near the coast, and you can taste the zesty natural acidity, which gives a lift to the orange, lime, mineral and honeysuckle flavors. It’s a little sweet, but the finish is dry and spicy. Great to drink now.
A bit hard in tannins and stinging in acidity, but the lush, ripe flavors make up for it. Offers waves of black and red cherries, cola, licorice and bacon flavors, accented with sweet, smoky oak. Good now, and should develop for a few years.
A delicious, supple Syrah from grapes that come mainly from Paso Robles. Full ripeness shows up as lip-smackingly fat flavors of plums, blackberries, and cherries, yet the wine is very dry and balanced. Tannins are soft and yummy.
This low-production Pinot doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It’s all about fruit. Cherries, raspberries, currants, cola, root beer and pepper flood the mouth, housed in a crisply dry, savory mouthfeel. Could develop bottle complexities over the next six years.
Good price for a Pinot Noir this elegant and delicious. It’s dry and firm, with zesty acidity and some furry tannins. Flavors of raspberries, cola and buttered cinnamon toast lead to a long, spicy finish. Decant it an hour or two before drinking.
One of the last ’08s to be released, this Pinot still tastes as fresh as a daisy. The acidity is mouthwatering, while the raspberry, cherry and currant fruit still shows its primary, just-picked quality. Still, there are subtle signs of aging: a hint of dried fruits, a touch of mushroom and leather. The wine is going through a funny phase now, and should emerge…
After all those sweet, heavy California rosés, here’s one that truly brims with Provençal-style dry elegance. It’s a wonderful wine, with crisp acidity framing herb and tobacco flavors and suggestions of tart cherries, orange rind and vanilla. Impeccable. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.