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.
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.
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.
From an overlooked winery, a zesty, full-throttle Zin with complex berry and spice fruit and notable oak. There's a density to the flavors that suggests reduced yields and barrel selection of these mountain-grown grapes. It's ripe, velvety, and very easy to drink and enjoy.
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.
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.