This is Ferrari-Carano’s most upscale wine, a blend comprised of all five of the famous Bordeaux varieties. It’s as lush and intricate as almost anything out of Napa, with sumptuous blackberry, black currant and cedar flavors. The giveaway that it’s Sonoma comes in the herbaceousness and slightly greener tannins. Now–2013.
This vintage of Trésor is the winery’s best in years. A Bordeaux-style blend that’s based on Cabernet Sauvignon, this is softly tannic and rich, and it offers layers of cherry pie, mocha and smoky cedar. Best to enjoy now for its sheer drinkability.
A Bordeaux blend of all five varieties, but it’s extremely tannic and requires age (or a very rich cut of meat) to soften it. Dense, ripe and still youthfully tough at four and one half years, with a rich core of black cherry and blackberry fruit that will gain complexity through this decade. Could improve significantly.
It has been some years since I last tasted this proprietary Bordeaux blend, and it’s nice to see it’s a very good wine. A little hard and unresolved now, it shows a wealth of oak-infused blackberry, cherry, olive and cocoa flavors, and an acid-tannin balance that will help it age. Best 2008–2010 or so.
This is a Bordeaux-inspired blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s frankly delicious, with tiers of blackberry and cherry pie, milk chocolate and sweet, buttery, toasted oak flavors. Doesn’t have the structure for aging, so drink up with a great steak.
With fruit sourced from everywhere from Dry Creek to Carneros, this Cabernet-based wine is a good, blended effort, with true varietal character if no particular complexity. It’s balanced, fruity and tannic, but too expensive for what you get.