Dark and extracted, with jammy berry flavors and a strongly earthy component, including tobacco, sage and tree bark. In the mouth this wine is very dry and pretty tannic, although the acidity is soft. A bit awkward, and not likely to improve in the cellar.
This is a big, toughly tannic wine. Deep down inside the astringency are very ripe and exuberant black cherry flavors. The finish once again turns tannic. The wine is unlikely to age.
Good as it is, this wine is having acidity problems, meaning it’s overly soft and melted. Yes, it has delicious flavors of black cherries, chocolate and oak, and the tannins are smooth and luxurious, but what about balance?
Though it hits the right notes of blueberry and plum, this Malbec is otherwise nondescript, hailing from the Red Hills Lake County subregion of the larger Lake County, where Cabernet Sauvignon has done particularly well.
Black cherry, herb, spice and smoky leather notes are framed in a wine that feels silky smooth on the palate, with a nice edge of tannins. It’s fully dry. Turns thin in the middle, rough on the finish. From Dry Creek Valley.