You won’t see it on the label, but the grapes for this dry blush come from such esteemed cool-climate vineyards as Parmalee, Durell and Saralee’s. The terroir imparts refreshing acidity, while the wine shows fine dryness, at a time when so many rosés finish sweet. Pinot flavors of cherries and rose petals combine with spicy vanilla to produce a polished…
If there’s any oak on this wine, it doesn’t show at all. Instead, the fruit and acidity star. Offers a bright, clean burst of lime, grapefruit, kiwi, vanilla and honeysuckle flavors, and is bone dry. What a great restaurant wine.
A great, inexpensive example of Lake County’s prowess at Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is marked by grapefruit and kiwi throughout and a creamy opulence that should appeal to a wide range of palates and plates.
Tight as a drum, but a little cherry fruit escapes from the nose. It opens up into a sweet, lovely bottle of wine, with a bit of cocoa and coffee in the finish. Well-balanced, with sweet, clean fruit.
Keep your eye on Lake County’s Red Hills appellation for Cabernet Sauvignon, and on this up-and-coming vineyard. The ‘06 Shannon Ridge is rich and layerered, with a spicy edge to the red currant fruit flavors. Notable especially for its great acid-tannin balance.
This wine doesn’t offer a lot aromatically at first but opens nicely to lemon, lime and vanilla flavors. The moderately priced, moderate in alcohol Chardonnay is bright and clean overall and a very good value.
A mild, medium-bodied North Coast Pinot Noir with a pleasant aroma of cherry and plum, the cherry carries throughout the wine’s texture and overall follow-through. A tad simple, this wine is nonetheless a tremendously great deal for California Pinot.