Elegant and suave, this is red Burgundy as interpreted in Mendocino. Solid red-cherry fruit and a velvety mouthfeel are complemented by a certain herbal stemminess that adds complexity and structure.
Tannic and firm, yet fleshy, with cherries and cherry tomatoes mixing it up. Some pleasing smoke and toast notes come from aging in oak barrels. Overall, it’s elegantly styled but still on the young and tight side.
This is one of the few Orange Muscats that’s bone dry, although it has rich orange, pineapple and vanilla flavors. With crisp acidity and a firm, steely minerality, it’s a joy to drink.
A complex and immediately likable red blend with all sorts of berry and stone-fruit flavors. Spicy, dry and rich. Exuberantly Californian in its sun-ripened size. Contains 75% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah.
A very pretty, fruit-driven wine, loaded with bright, spicy, cherry, raspberry, plum, toast, licorice and herb flavors. Tannins are firm yet ripe, while the finish is fairly long, though quite oaky. Lingers nicely at the end with the fruit forward.
This bottling from veteran producer Parducci is consistently one of the best Petite Sirahs in California. The 2006 perhaps lacks the concentration of ’03 and ’04, and is more like the elegant 2005. It shows a classic red -wine structure, with tannin-inspired flavors of blackberries, currants, tobacco, sandalwood and peppery spices.
Opening with an enormous blast of black pepper, this wine shows a unique approach to Syrah. It’s fully dry, with finely-honed tannins, and the blackberry and cherry flavors are joined with intriguing notes of ground beef, tamari, carob and violets. The vineyard is in the hills between central Mendocino and Anderson Valley, an area that probably deserves its own AVA.