Dense, dark and lush, an extracted wine made from very ripe grapes that brim with dark berry and black stone fruit flavors. Big in the mouth, with dense, creamy tannins. Has the exuberance of youth, and best to lay away for a few years to develop further complexity.
Grgich Hills has done another fine job with this crisply fruity wine. It’s appealing for its powerful citrus, fig and lemongrass flavors that finish with a slight honeyed note. The wine also has beautiful acids.
Has forward black-cherry and raspberry fruit and something almost sweet, like cotton candy. At the same time, it’s very tannic, as Grgich Zins tend to be. Your tongue sticks to your palate. Finishes tough and bitter, but should be fine in time.
Pours dark as midnight, unleashing aromas of oak and black currants, and hits the palate with a tannic bite. In other words, a young wine. The blackberry and cherry fruit struggles to find the surface but finally does. Could be an ager.
After the sulfur blows off, you’ll find a clean, crisp wine of great structure and balance. Firmly acidic, with well-ripened flavors of lime, fig and spicy melon. Picks up rich subtleties through the finish.
While this Cabernet is very rich and ripe in flavors of blackberry and cherry jam, crème de cassis and new oak, it’s also very tannic. That bite of astringency gives it a rustic note. A very high, Port-like alcohol level may or may not thwart cellaring plans.
Shows the herbal quality that often marks this winery’s Napa Chardonnay, with a tobacco and sage edge to the citrus fruit and Asian pear flavors. The structure is balanced with brisk acidity and even some oaky wood tannins.