Shows tons of extracted cherry, blackberry and cassis flavor, wrapped into sturdy tannins and balanced with fine acidity. Bone dry, too, with a long, spicy finish. A good, sweetly oaky Merlot for drinking now.
This is a lovely Cabernet to drink now and over the next few years. It shows its Oakville pedigree with smooth tannins and dry, complex flavors of blackberry, black currant and cherry, with a fine earthiness.
Apple, pear, coconut and chalk mark the bouquet of this smooth yet crisp and brisk wine from the Napa microproducer. Lime, pineapple and apricot with oak and cinnamon shadings are in play on the rich, viscous palate and flow beautifully through to the finish. Though full, the wine never gets weighty. It closes light on its feet, long and tangy, with lemon, cream…
A big, exuberant wine, filled with power but a bit wanting in grace at this stage of its life. The fruit is ripe and explosive, the oak similarly sized, and so are the tannins. All the parts aren’t working in harmony, but should pull together just fine by 2010.
A dark wine, impressive for its brooding color, oak and tremendous black currant and cherry fruit. Don’t expect anything Tuscan; this is chocolaty and soft, but quite delicious. In the top ranks of current Sangioveses.
Smells young, closed and dusty, with toast accenting cocoa and cherries. Very dry, tannic and earthy. Finishes astringent in tannins. Needs lots of time but should be a very good bottle by 2008.