Lots of black cherry fruit, with notes of dry, dusty earth and truffle, and a strong cola element. It’s very dry and supple, a wine of character. The fruity flavors are rich, and the tannins are soft and rounded.
A gutsy blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. Opens with full-tilt jammy fruit, leading to a middle with good structure and tannins. The finish is fairly long, with intense spice and fruit.
This is Boeger’s first Pinot, and it’s a good beginning. It’s fairly straightforward, with bright cherry-berry fruit, good balance and a lingering finish. Boeger is planting more Pinot Noir, which is a good thing.
Tar and cherries in the nose, and the follow-through shows thick, ripe, sweet cherry fruit with some dark, tarry underpinnings. Good concentration and a long finish. There is 11% Petite Sirah, which adds color and depth.
You look for a slightly rustic, untamed quality in Sierra Foothills Zin, and find it in this delightful wine. The fruit is ripe and friendly, and it’s easy-drinking and dry, with plenty of appeal.
The great grape of Spain’s Rioja produces a very soft and fruity wine, with smoky strawberry flavors, and very dry. It has dusty tannins and acidity. Your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth, suggesting that this wine needs food. There’s also a hint of smoked meat in there somewhere. —S.H.