A bit light, and on the jammy side, but offers pretty flavors of raspberries and cherries in a silk-textured easy drinker. There are some dusty Oriental spices that titillate the palate through the dry finish.
A very good wine, at a fair price for a single-vineyard Pinot of this caliber from this appellation. It shows the well-ripened cherry fruit and good acidity that characterize the Highlands, with a nice overlay of toasty oak and vanilla, and is dry and balanced. Lacks the complexity of its famous neighbors, but is worthy of praise on price alone.
It’s awfully hard to make a really good Pinot Noir for less than, say, $30. This wine tries hard. It shows true Pinot character in the dry, silky mouthfeel, crisp acids and pleasant fruit flavors, which finish with coffee and cocoa.
Generic Merlot, good, rich and full-bodied, without any noteworthy complexities. Berry and plum flavors drink dry, with pretty substantial tannins that need rich foods to cut through. —S.H.
Kind of hot, with almost Port-like aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered raisins and sweet cassis. Yet the wine is fully dry, with soft, easy tannins. It’s a good wine that will have its fans, but it’s definitely a hot country Cabernet.
Extremely tart, almost bitter with citrusy acidity, and the flavors are of just slightly sweetened lemon juice. As dry and mouth puckering as it is, it’s clean, and the sharpness will work well with shellfish.
Here’s a wine that aspires to complexity and only just manages to get there. It’s full-bodied and dry, with a smoothly tannic texture, and the earthy, coffee and blackberry flavors cry out for food. Decant it a little before serving.