A first-rate wine, totally flattering in the mouth, and addictively delicious. It’s not big, but restrained and stylish, reining in the blackberry fruit to match a rich overlay of oak. The texture is a marvel, smooth and complex, all the way through the long, distinguished finish.
Enormously ripe and rich—this is honeyed, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It’s creamy, too, with a butterscotch accent. The magic comes on the finish with a swirl of acidity and dry mineral. Decadent but never cloying, this defines the ripe California style.
Polished and delicious, just starting to come into its own. Has shed its youthful tannins to reveal a silky, fleshy wine of charm and nuance. Raspberry, cherry, nutmeg, cola, cocoa and smoky oak flavors unfold in waves, leading to a soft, spicy finish.
A pure, clean Chardonnay whose dry richness is balanced with cool-climate acidity and a citrus streak almost like Sauvignon Blanc. Shows pineapple and pear flavors that indicate the varietal, but then crisp, tartly acidic lemongrass and grapefruits kick in. The result is wonderfully food-friendly. Easy to find, with 10,600 cases produced.
Opens with bright citrus and green-apple aromas. Lively and strong, with a jolt of mineral. Drinks smooth, rich, and spicy, with pretty fruit flavors. A bit tight and high-strung now, but will calm down in a year or so.
The best Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc in years. Made with a little oak, just enough for creaminess, it’s marked by vibrant acidity and complex, lovely flavors of lemongrass, Meyer lemon candy, vanilla, white pepper and the distinct minerality that Carneros white wines often display. Great price for a wine this sophisticated.
Pinots from this vineyard have been variable, but the ’05 is one of the best in years. The long, cool vintage yielded exceptionally ripe grapes, rich in cherries, pomegranates, cola and root beer flavor, yet the wine maintains a delicately dry, crisp silkiness. With quite a bit of new oak, this is a delicious Pinot best enjoyed in the next few years.
This winery continues to turn out some of the most consistently good wines in California. Here’s a Chard that lets the terroir shine, rather than overwhelming with bells and whistles. It’s clean in acids and dry, with complex citrus, peach, spiced apple and meringue flavors.