A Bordeaux blend from estate-grown grapes, this chewy, flavorful wine shows a lot of promise for this newly-minted AVA. Fig and plum and black cherry flavors are intermixed with moist earth, balsamic and charcoal. The acids provide good definition; the only soft spot is the finish, which turns a bit volatile.
Aromas of black cherry, freshly brewed coffee and violets perfume this plush, plummy, full-bodied Syrah. It’s unabashedly fruit forward and easy to drink, but spice and coffee grinds kick in at the finish to keep things interesting.
A simple, pleasant red, blending equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a splash of Cabernet Franc. The fruit is one dimensional, but clean and fresh, with buoyant acidity.
Straight-ahead cranberry fruit takes center stage, with light tannins. It’s well balanced and everything is proportionate—good winemaking. But there is not a lot of depth or detail to the finish.
How this producer squeezes 15.6% alcohol levels out of its Cabernet is a fair question. Despite the implied concentration, this hard and steely wine shows tight cassis fruit wrapped in smoky, coffee, barrel flavors.