Intense and tannic, yet well-managed and ageworthy. White pepper and plum on the nose, with masses of well-ripened tannins and rich fruit alongside. From a hillside vineyard planted to French clones that yielded only 1.5 tons per acre, we can only hope wines like this represent the future of California Syrah.
Made from 88% Grenache and 12% Viognier, this lilting wine abounds with dry, fruity and floral characteristics. Salmon-peach in color, it has texture and the requisite refreshment offered by its barely ripe strawberry and peach swathes. Although it delivers enough acidity and bite to pair with food, it might be hard to wait that long.
This wine is deliciously dry and refreshing, with a pretty salmon hue. Made from Grenache, it smells of watermelon and strawberry and is perfectly balanced. Textured and easy to drink, this is an extremely pleasant wine for summer and beyond.
From both Muscat Canelli (65%) and Muscat Giallo (35%), this fragrant and inviting wine is exactly what it proclaims to be, slightly sweet in honeysuckle, citrus and crisp texture. It offers lightness and lingering acidity in a moderate-alcohol package.
A field blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, this delightfully floral wine exudes spring flowers and fresh, just-ripe peach. The wine is dry, although the finish has a subtle suggestion of honey. A delicious wine for spring and summer sipping.
Bright in cherry and cranberry, this classically styled Nebbiolo is light red in color and buoyant in acidity. A sanguine back layer brings the earthier elements of the wine to life. With not much Nebbiolo to try in California, this one is worth a taste to savor the possibilities.
A rare, 100% California Cabernet Franc, this wine pays tribute to its varietal in every way. Green-olive herbaceousness integrates with savory, bright red fruit and a soft texture. Given this structure, the wine should do well alongside a peppercorn steak.
A playfully rich and creamy version of Muscat Canelli made from grapes in the Clarksburg area between Sacramento and Lodi, an area making its abilities known in terms of growing alternative whites. Banana, vanilla and tones of lemon dominate. An easy quaff with bright acidity.