Grill up or pan-fry a nice T-bone in butter and garlic and go to heaven with this rich Syrah. It’s dry and firmly tannic, with gorgeous blackberry, currant, licorice, violet, Tabasco and pepper flavors. Drink now or soon.
This wine lives up to MerlotÕs reputation as being Òthe soft Cabernet.Ó It has deep, rich berry flavors and is very mellow and velvety. It is soft, but retains life and zest. Put it all together and itÕs an elegant, delicious wine. There are some tannins but itÕs a wine to drink now or soon.
Understated, but powerful, with deep apple-pear fruit and very seductive spice notes. Smooth mouthfeel with classy dried-fruit, herb and vanilla flavors. Long finish. Well defined, with a sophisticated feel.
Here’s a good Cabernet for drinking now and over the next five years. It shows classically ripe, smooth Napa tannins that frame exuberant flavors of blackberries, black cherries and cassis. Give it a good long decant before serving.
Considerably better than in previous vintages, Burgess’s ’05 Cab is rich and ripe in black currant, cherry, chocolate, smoky cedar and anise spice flavors that are wrapped into firm, fine tannins. A bit heavy and immature now, it should pick up bottle complexities through 2012, if not beyond.
Cabernet-like with its balance and elegance, and the lush, soft but complex tannins are clearly from Napa. But the flavors are Zinny all the way. Ripe wild blackberries and blackcherries, wild and crazy spices, and white pepper last through the long finish. Editors’ Choice.
A solid mid-valley Cab. Well-ripened Cabernet fruit suggests black currants and blackberries, with rich earthy notes of tobacco and dried herbs. It’s dry and velvety in the mouth. Tannins are thick, but negotiable. —S.H.