Rich and dry, with a wealth of blackberry and cherry tart flavors, straight from the oven with the smoky-sweet, cinnamon and burnt butter tang of the crust. You’ll notice the tannins, which lend a stimulating structure. This isn’t one of those blockbuster cult Merlots, just a red wine of impeccable proportions that yearns to wash down elegant fare.
The winery strikes a happy balance between richness and elegant austerity with this bone-dry offering. It’s minerally and reserved, offering intriguing hints of apricots and tropical fruits, with notes of buttered toast and smoky vanilla of new oak that many Chardonnay lovers crave. With 29,000 cases produced, this should be relatively easy to find.
The wine, from a warm vintage, bursts with fruity charm, but this is a mountain Cab, and while acids are low, you’ll find strong tannins. The combination of black currant, cherry, red plum and cocoa flavors with firm, sandpapery tannins is charming and complex. Finishes with a bit of high-alcohol sweetness.
A handsome wine with dark berry, plum, cocoa and cedary oak aromas on the nose. Very good sense of balance and mouthfeel, playing the prune and berry fruit flavors against good acidity and tannins. Full but not sharp tannins on the long finish. Opulent, and will continue to improve over 1 or 2 years.
Deeply fruity on the nose, with golden-delicious apple and pear fruit supported by toast, butter and popcorn aromas. This unfiltered wine is very full on the palate, following through with the complete flavor range from the nose. Ends with an excellent spicy, toasty finish. Definitely not subtle—you might even call it showy—but delicious.
Somewhat tightly wound, the wine nonetheless shows fine integration of its complex flavors, redolent of lemon, melon, pear, grapefruit, herb and toast. On the finish, it’s bright, fresh and long. —J.M.
Powerful and dramatic, packed with polished flavors of blackcurrants and cassis, sweet roasted pepper, and dried herbs. Tannins are thick and there’s a bite of acidity in the finish, suggesting that this delicious young wine will age. But it’s drinkable now.
Here’s a polished, delicate wine that shows the poise and elegance that Carneros Chard can achieve. It’s varietally pure, with pineapple, mineral and toast flavors that finish dry, a wine meant to enjoy with food, rather than star on its own. Easy to find, with 31,000 cases produced.