A fantastic mountain wine, distinct and compelling. Wonderfully rich aromas of tangerine rind and blueberry ride high over cassis, plum and the smoky vanillins of fine oak. Tastes as rich as it smells, a dense, lush wine with a huge mouthburst of sweet fruit, smooth, ripe tannins, and a long, spicy-peppery finish. Needs a few years to knit together.
One of the best Petite Sirahs of the vintage, this rich wine shows an impeccable balance rare in this variety. Everything’s just right, from the smooth dryness and furry tannins to the succulent blackberry fruit to the long, cherried finish. Really a nice, full-bodied red wine. If you’re into cellaring, this should remain viable for at least ten years.
Eaglepoint Ranch has been source to powerful red wines for many years, and here’s another one. It impressives for the volume of tannins and fruity ripeness. Swamps the mouth with blackberry and cherry marmalade, bacon, pepper spice and smoky oak flavors that are huge, yet balanced in tannins, oak and acidity. The alcohol is 15.2%.
A California Chardonnay for Montrachet fans, this is the color of Golden Delicious apple, and it fully shows its time spent in barrel. Rich and unctuous, this is a heady wine, with lingering tastes of butterscotch, crème brûlée and vanilla, that is still laced with minerality. It is extremely well made, fitting for special occasions.
Typically dark in color, and what an aroma! You could smell this all day and be happy. Freshly ground coffeebeans, dark unsweetened chocolate, blackberries, pepper, and a wheat-like, barley note: Does that entice you? The flavors are even better. This wine is lush, fruity, ripe, elegant, balanced, soft, rich and long in the finish and sheer pleasure to sip. —S.H.
From benchlands above the Russian River, a gentle giant of a wine. From the dark color to the brooding, peppery aromas, you know it’s a big wine. Ripe, full-bodied and extracted, its berry flavors are rich and heady. What’s suprising is the balance. Soft, round, mellow and supple, it goes down (as the Burgundians used to say) like Jesus in velvet pants. —S.H.
A real find. French in style, dry, rich and elegant. Hints of cherry and cassis are wrapped in thick, fine tannins, and the mouthfeel is sensual and velvety. Delicious now, but should hold through the decade. Grapes from Yorkville Highlands. The winemaker is the well-known Kerry Damsky.
Pours dark and gives off inviting aromas of plums, currants, herbs, earth, smoky bacon, pepper and rich, toasty oak. As good as these are, the flavors are better. They are huge, and spread blackcurrants, olive tapenade, chocolate and sweet vanillins all over the palate. The tannins are significant, but they are ripe and easy to deal with, in this delicious, dry…