This wine shows real varietal character, in the Northern Rhône sense of a fairly tannic, dry offering, but also is true Edna Valley in the brisk acids and purity of fruit. Has that hard-to-describe quality of elegant complexity that is the first duty of wine. Drink now through 2010.
This wine, from a leading kosher winery, is rich in apricot, peach, lime, kiwi and nectarine fruit, and is without the wax-bean quality that can plague wines made from this variety. This version is not quite dry yet not quite sweet, and pairs perfectly with a salad of mixed greens, blue cheese and ripe pears.
Lots of pure Cabernet flavor in this pleasant wine. It’s rich in black cherry tart, currant, licorice and spice flavors, with a sweet coating of smoky oak. Good price for the quality.
Made in a food-friendly fashion, this Chard is dry, acidic and minerally. It was obviously picked at lower ripeness, but still shows a warm core of pineapples and green apples. Quite a nice wine for Chardonnay fans to drink with roasted chicken, fleshy fish, or even a white meat such as pork.
Dark color, almost black. Not as forward as the Alexander Valley, which you’d expect. It’s closed, but airing shows plenty of ripe black currants. Tastes young and tight, with strong berry extract. Needs time.
Fruity and intense in blackberries, black cherries, leather, sweet cocoa and peppery spices, and totally dry, this is a mouth-filling Zin. It’s soft and gentle, with a finish that’s just slightly sweet.