Starts off with reductive aromas of road tar and swamp mud, but has plenty of earthy black currant flavors to balance things out. Lead pencil and tobacco elements grace the palate and sturdy tannins frame the finish. A full, rugged and somewhat rustic expression of Cabernet. Best Buy.
Medium-weight (more Gamay than Cabernet in the heft department) with a soft, subtle dusty texture, this Rapel Valley Cab offers red-berry and dried-spice aromas, and red plum and cedar flavors. Goes down so easily that you just might forget that wine has alcohol in it. Best Buy.
Very forward and young, with an overt, grapey style. This wine doesn’t walk lightly, as it starts out more positive than it finishes. The plum, cassis and berry fruit is really ripe and active, but there’s also some aggressive acidity that makes it more tangy and sharp than ideal.
Simple, open and ready to drink. The nose is floral, with hints of fresh pear. The flavor profile turns to citrus in the form of orange and pineapple, and then comes a full-force but fairly collected finish. Best Buy.
Fruity, with floral aromas that are ripe and clean. Flavors of pineapple and the local cherimoya are thin but nice. If properly chilled down, this one has “quaffable” written all over it.
Opening with a bouquet of red berries complemented by an earthy element, this Merlot offers more fruit on the palate, together with a spicy note. A medium-weight wine with decent acidity, it finishes dry, with more berry and earth notes.
A real mainstream Chard, with appealing pineapple and apple notes. It’s mid-weight, with lively acidity that supports the fruit and a pleasing, if slightly one-dimensional, flavor profile.