One-third new French oak adds a roasted, smoky vanilla overlay to the rich fruit. The underlying wine brims with ornate flavors of cherries, raspberries and blackberries that have been baked into a pie. A sleek finish of anise and cola adds interest. Drink now through 2009.
Combines rich flavors of blackberry, black cherry and cola onto and a full-bodied palate, with crisp acidity and some unevenly ripened fruit, which results in rusticity. It’s a big wine to drink now with tuna, lamb and steak.
A fine Sauvignon Blanc that’s considerably richer than the ’06. Shows green apple, citrus, fig, vanilla and pepper flavors and a crisp, clean mouthfeel. The oak influence has been kept to a minimum, allowing the fruit to shine.
Israeli-born winemaker Oded Shakked has specialized in cool-climate Syrah and his passion shows in this evocative wine. It is clearly modeled on the wines of the Northern Rhône, with its peppery aroma, cherry flavors and thick tannins.
Here’s a pretty, polished Merlot that features a good structure and ripe, forward fruit flavors. With its rich tannins, it has lush flavors of black and red cherries, currants, licorice, peppery spices and sweet oak, finishing with a touch of raisins. Seems best now, but give it a good decant.