Look at that price! This is a dark wine, exciting to smell. The word “fiery” comes to mind. Something warm about it: baked cherry tart, blackberry pie fresh from the oven. In the mouth, huge, ripe and flattering. Floods the palate with sweet fruity, berry flavors, but bone dry. Tannins are a work of art, soft and intricate. Worth every penny, and one of the best…
Years ago I found out how good these Sierra Foothills Cab Francs can be, and here’s another one. It really impresses for its dry finesse, a wine that exhibits true gout de terroir in the earthy, mushroomy flavors with their subtle hint of black cherries and violets. Try as an alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
This is one of the best red wines to hail from the Sierra Foothills in memory. It’s bone dry and smooth, with the profile of a fine Bordeaux. Shows rich tannins framing black currant, herb, spice and cedar flavors that are complex and delicious. Marks a real step forward for this ambitious winery.
Madrona does a good job with mountain Zin, and for their anniversary they pulled out all the stops. The wine is exceptionally balanced, showing none of the excess that can mar Foothills Zin. Dry, delicious in spice, cocoa and berry flavors and rich in fine, smooth tannins, it’s drinking well now and should be best in its vibrant youth. Try with a very fine steak.
The front label of this wine bears the name of the winemaker, Marco Capelli, who achieved fame at Swanson, the Napa Valley winery. The wine has the briary, peppery, rustic nature of many Sierra Foothills Zins, but has a balance and elegance that show true coastal sensibilities. The flavors range from fresh blackberry jam and black licorice to bacon, cloves…
Miraflores bring a Merlot-style balance to this Zin. It’s dry and complex and likeable now for its array of wild berry, Asian spice, teriaki beef and black pepper flavors that last so long on the finish. A near-perfect Foothills Zin at a fair price.
A tremendous Grenache from the Foothills, estate grown from Beaucastel budwood and let to develop slowly, this wine has acres to go before it sleeps. Still superdense and dark with fruity plum and anise predominating, it’ll grow old with tenderness and grace.
An incredibly well-made and well-priced Viognier, from Cedarville’s very own decomposed granite-filled soils high atop Fair Play. Opening with faint floral honey, wet stone and pear aromas, the flavors follow through accordingly, and the wine just continues to please with full-integrated minerality. It’s a joy to drink.