This is the kind of full-bodied, dry red wine that you can set on your table with complete confidence because it’s world-class good. Rich, ripe fruit is nicely balanced with earthy, tobacco flavors, the whole framed in soft but complex tannins and plush oak. It’s fairly high in acidity, which may have been added later, but works to offset the ripe sweetness with…
Here’s a wine that needs time to show its stuff, but it’s very good in its youth. Dark and thick, with strong dusty tannins, but a core of blackberry fruit. Cellar it until 2005 and try again.
Broad flavors of apples and peaches are framed in spicy oak, with hints of vanilla and char. The wine is dry but very rich, with enough acidity to make the fruit sparkle. The finish is long.
Richness stars in this soft, voluptuous Syrah. It seduces with ripe blackberry, plum, blueberry and cherry jam flavors, veined with licorice and mocha, and dusted with peppery, cinnamon spices. It’s not structured enough to be an ager, but is elegant now.
There’s something about this lush Cab that keeps you reaching for more. It’s soft and velvety, with just enough tannins to keep things perky, but best of all are the flavors. Blackberries and cherries, dusted with cocoa, sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon, and drizzled with crème de cassis. Yummy.
This beautifully crafted Merlot shows a near-perfect balance of ripe plum, cherry and cassis-accented fruit with deeper notes of herbs, coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. It glides across the palate with a velvety texture and finishes long. Could use a tad more concentration, but it’s a lovely wine.
Excellent clarity in the nose, with rose, faint citrus, and attractive spice hints. One of those supple and smooth Merlots that’s more suited to easy drinking than contemplation. Definitely a steady, pleasant wine; it’s plenty full of red fruit, vanilla and style.
Shows unusual depth and finesse for a Sauvignon Blanc, with scads of palate impressions ranging from lemondrop candy, zesty wintergreen, apricot nectar and white pepper. Yet it’s dry and smooth, with crisp acids.