Made from 100% Cabernet grown in the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, and aged in mostly new French and American oak, its tannins are tough as nails. Yet there’s a vast core of blackberry and black cherry fruit that’s just yearning to break out. With modest alcohol (the official reading is a mere 13.2% by volume), it’s a natural choice for the cellar. It should…
Inky dark, this wine brims with important aromas of cassis, mint and fine, smoky oak. Fully ripe Cabernet blackberry flavors are wrapped in elegant tannins, dry and dusty. The structure is impeccable, the finish long. It’s complex but approachable enough for immediate drinking.
This interesting blend includes 20% Syrah from the Sierra Foothills. The Cabernet provides structure and varietal character. Syrah adds a fat, meaty note. New oak gives it a spicy sweetness. The result is delicious, a dry, complex wine to drink now or soon.
Opulent as heck, this is thick enough to paint with, with massive flavors of black currants, blackberries, plums, tobacco, sage and white chocolate. An elaborate overlay of oak adds vanilla and smoke. The tannins are rich and fabulous. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.
This young, vigorous Cabernet is full of ripe, upfront fruity flavors, yet it’s dry and complex, and is grounded by a pleasing tug of herbaceousness. Most notable is the rich blackberry, raspberry and currant fruit, and the way the sweet, smoky oak complements it. Drink now for freshness.
Some cedar and olives accent an earthy nose. Cassis and some cherry make up the pleasant palate, which features nicely integrated oak as a high point. Fairly long and drying on the back end, with ever-so-slightly prickly tannins.
Soft, juicy and sweet in fruity essence, this polished Merlot brims with flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, toffee and Asian spices. It’s a full-bodied red wine to drink now with a nice steak.