A great quaff if we’ve ever tasted one: Its mouthfeel is medium-weight and soft; it shows a little restraint on the nose, but eventually reveals cherry, cedar and blackberry accents. More cherry shows up on the palate, hand-in-hand with dark berry, tobacco and cinnamon notes. Finishes with wood and a bit of tang—some called it metallic, others minty.
This is a pretty good Syrah. It’s very dry, and comes down on the earthy side, with the briary blackberries tempered with herbs, tobacco, leather and pepper. Feels rich and layered, a nice wine to have with lamb or beef.
A nicely drinkable Chardonnay marked by vigorous acidity and creamy-smooth flavors of pineapple tart, Key lime pie and lemongrass. Good as an inexpensive alternative to coastal bottlings that cost far more.
Strong and briary, a wine with little finesse and plenty of power. This is country-style mountain Zin at its rawest, with wild berry flavors, punchy tannins and dry, firm acids. Will overwhelm gentle foods, so it’s best drunk with barbecue and similar fare.
This is a big, meaty wine, filled with the flavors of plums, blackberries, boysenberries and other very dark bush and tree fruits. It’s also firmly tannic. Makes up in strength what it lacks in finesse.