This is a very good Pinot Noir that shows how well the appellation can balance the variety. It has lush cherry, blackberry, tea, cola and cocoa flavors, and a rich, silky texture. Could develop bottle complexity over the next six years.
Here’s a big, rich, tannic Zin, the kind that kicks butt in youth and will age. It’s astringent with tannins now, but the core of blackberry and cherry fruit is powerful. Perfectly dry, this wine should develop nicely over the next several years.
This is a very rich Chardonnay, bursting with Key lime pie, ripe golden kiwi, pineapple, buttered toast and crème brûlée flavors. That fine, crisp coastal acidity makes it brisk and clean. Drink now.
Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, this Bordeaux blend is rich in blackberry, cherry, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors. It’s dry, and the softness of the mouthfeel makes it instantly appealing. Drink now.
Dark, bone dry and tannic, a full-bodied wine whose tartness and astringency call for rich fare, like beef stew. Shows deeply ripe flavors of blackberries, cassis, bitter dark chocolate and black pepper that are enlivened with brisk acidity.