They make them big down in Temecula and in this case, the alcohol detracts somewhat from the wine, giving it a relentless density that coats the tongue. Time spent in all French oak is also duly noted on the palate. This wine is heavy, big and dry, and will appeal to people who love that style.
A rich and fruity wine with a dusty structure that allows the blackberry jelly flavors to show through. It has a stalky black currant edge that goes with the contrasting acidity. Drink over the next five years.
Smells a little rough and earthy, with some modest berry and oak notes. The flavors are on the austere side. A country-style wine, most of the grapes come from the Santa Lucia Highlands of the cold, windswept Salinas Valley.
This fruity southern Italian red has a berry-and-plum jamminess on the nose. Soft on the palate, it has light-to-medium berry flavors and an interesting tea-like note appears on the finish. A decent quaffing red, best with a light chill.
This wine’s sweet edge will please those who haven’t yet grown to appreciate complex Cabs. Aromas of mushrooms and wet soil burn off to reveal a sugary, grapey bouquet. Oak and an herbal, tarragon-like flavor dominate the palate; finishes with smoke and a sweet, Port-flavored candy taste.
Light and lucid, this carries the hallmarks of traditional Rioja: cherry fruit, pronounced oak, leathery notes and powerful acidity. It’s slightly sharp and woody, with cranberry notes popping up on the mouth-puckering finish.