This poised Chardonnay offers a combination of fresh Chardonnay fruit and subtle spice on the nose, and on the palate, an elegant and curvy blend of fruit with a spin of minerally freshness. Pretty and complex.
A good value, this is an easy-pleasing Syrah with vibrant notes of red plum, cherry and blueberry. Fine, dusty tannins reminiscent of cocoa powder and dried crushed berries stay after swallow alongside a hint of sweet smoke flavor.
The ever-creative Charles Back scores again with this blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Barbera and Primitivo. The nose offers red currant, cinnamon, cherry and vanilla, and on the palate, friendly fruit flavors are finished with a blast of fiery spice. The wine can age but is good today with spicy ribs, beef and assertive flavors.
From Charles Back comes another play on a Rhône wine, although this has Grenache and Carignan in addition to the Shiraz and Viognier. A tight nose of ripe, red fruit leads to a jammy, plum-filled palate layered with chocolate, oak spice and vanilla. Rich and dark, with a round mouthfeel, it finishes with spice and a little warmth. Imported by Vineyard Brands.
Fresh, spicy and floral, this Rhône-style blend of Viognier, Crouchen Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris and Muscat offers a zing on the palate with complex waves of melon and tropical fruit. Fresh and expressive.
Despite the cutesy name, this is a serious rosé that’s sure to please even the most discerning crowd. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Gamay and Mourvèdre, it’s ripe and red fruit-forward with a full weight, lush mouth that’s balanced with medium acidity.
This attractive white's dry mineral-herb nose, round, full feel and tasty pear-spice flavors add up to a winner. Yet another very credible psuedo-Rhone Capester from Charles Back and the Fairview crew. French authorities should lighten up on their (serious) case against his harmless, tongue-in-cheek name, while Rhone winemakers ought to note it as an homage and…
This inky purple wine offers aromas of carob and smoke. Chunky, with a hint of sweetness and solid tannins, this wine nevertheless has spiky acids that show through and call for food. Flavors of plum, carob and vanilla are rich, finishing with overripe prune. Imported by Vineyard Brands.