A little simple, but likeable for its complex array of berry-cherry fruit with leather, balsamic, coffee and mushroom nuances. Would benefit from a better structure, as it’s on the soft side. Mainly Syrah, with Petite Sirah and Viognier.
The alcohol is nice and low on this soft, likeable Merlot, grown in Clarksburg and Lodi. The cherry, blackberry, chocolate and mint flavors are pleasant, and the price for everyday drinking is just fine.
Here’s a ripe, slightly cooked Sangiovese from Puglia with a brownish color and full aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry jam. It’s chewy and slightly sour in the mouth with polished tannins. Drink now.
Heat and power emerge immediately from the nose of this slightly brownish Montepulciano. Dig deep and you’ll find prunes, blackberry, tobacco and resin. The wine is simple overall with gritty tannins.
A blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this has a chocolate mint edge to the sugary sweet LifeSaver candy blackberries and cherries. The tannins and acids are good, though, and the wine would score higher if it were drier.
This Syrah was grown in Carneros in the cool, long ’05 vintage, which may explain its minty sharpness, despite the low case production level. You’ll find enough cherry fruit and new French oak to make it fairly rich, but that sharp green tang remains.
This open, juicy wine is a blend dominated by Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet that gives it sweetness and flavors of red berries with a firm underlay of tannin. A wine to drink with spicy foods on a cold day.