A good, complex wine, but the oak currently sticks out, swamping the fruit with caramel. Makes you wonder why the winemaker thought all that wood was needed, for the underlying blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors are wonderful. Sometimes, less is more.
Shows rich, extracted flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cherry jam, milk chocolate, black currants, licorice and smoky cedar wood. The fruit is nice and ripe, but the wine is a little too soft and sweet. Drink now.
Dark fruits characterize this young, vigorous wine. Black cherries, blackberries, even dark chocolate flood the palate, delicious and spicy. Yet there’s a tannic, acidic tightness that makes the mouthfeel tough and gritty. One of the better Lake County Pinots out there, but work needs to be done.
This is an easy-drinking Petite Sirah from an always solid producer of the variety. The wine is a little less in your face than many of its competitors with noticeable acidity and flavors of dark plum, mocha and spicy blackberry, though its finish could have been a little bit longer.
This wine shows effort and potential. It’s simple at first, more tannic than fruity, with a hint of licorice and spice, its tannins grippy and a touch bitter and the long finish a little smoky/toasty. A good intro to Lake County Petite Sirah.
The tech sheet for this wine nicely mentions how the vineyard is surrounded by both 100-year-old walnut trees and, what do you know?, marijuana. Does either influence the wine? It does show a muskiness but really its strengths are steely drops of extreme lemon, most decidedly on the long, exuberant finish.