Quite deep black fruit, with herbs, earth, and green tea on the nose. Deep classic violets and blueberry fruit. Excellent mouthfeel, with tannins to lose. Will be even better in 2 years.
A seamless blend of fruit and oak come together in a rush of flavors: pineapple, coconut, vanilla, citrus and tropical fruits. The oak comes up a bit on the finish, but it’s long and smooth.
Lovely tropical-fruit aromas, a medium to full mouthfeel, a palate of ripe Santa Barbara fruit, and the judicious use of oak make this a fine value leader. Easy to like and easy to find. Best Buy.
Focus is what this wine is all about. The tropical fruit flavors are pinpointed. The acids are bright and sharp. The oaky overlay is spicy and pungent, and the finish is long and clean.
Meridian does it again. A big, bold wine with well-etched tropical-fruit flavors, pronounced but balanced oak, and crisp, lively Central Coast acidity. This easy sipper offers plenty of flavor, and is a good value in oaky Chardonnay.
From this always dependable producer comes this lovely, supple wine. There are plenty of bright, ripe raspberry, black-cherry and cola flavors nuanced by smoke and spice notes from oak. If it’s not terribly complex, it more than makes up for it with the liveliness of the acids, the balance and the silky harmony.
Briary, wild berry fruit bears deep horsey, game, leather and pine accents in this full wine. The nose’s somewhat funky notes may challenge some, but add real complexity. A palate of blackberry, cocoa, anise and earth offers plenty of flavor and a pleasing roundness. Closes handsomely, with dusty tannins and an earthy note.