This Cab-based Bordeaux blend really surprised me. It’s a welcome addition to the mid-priced Napa pantheon. Rich, soft and mouth-filling, it has blackberry and cherry pie filling, cocoa and sweet oak flavors that finish smooth and dry. Drink now–2009.
Not particularly Riesling-like, but it’s very dry, nice and crisp in punchy acids, and superclean, with spicy citrus and flower flavors. Pleasant alternative to a good Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes were grown in the Finger Lakes, then shipped in cold storage to the winemaking facility in Napa. The wine is pleasantly crisp, with off-dry green apple, pineapple and honeysuckle flavors. Nice with grilled trout or as a cocktail.
You could classify this as an off-dry wine, but it’s just sweet and honeyed enough to be a dessert wine. With pleasant acidity providing balance, it shows flavors of ripe peaches, diesel, nectarines, apples, vanilla and buttercup flowers.
Made from Grenache, this pale-colored wine is delicately structured. With high acidity, it has ripe red cherry, herb and vanilla flavors. Not complicated, but dry, easy to drink and versatile with a huge range of food.
Floral, spicy and sweet on the nose, and with a straightforward, refreshing blend of typical Riesling flavors, this wine is dependable and pretty, and will pair well with spicy Asian and Indian cuisine. A touch sweet but clean.
The brambly wild berry flavors have an exotic edge of white pepper and Chinese five-spice that’s interesting and even complex. But the wine is utterly lacking in acidity, which makes it syrupy even though it’s totally dry.