Opens with intense, explosive notes of ultraripe tangerines, orange custard, baked meringue, vanilla and toast. This is clearly a ripe, oaky wine, and it holds its size well, thanks to zesty acidity. It’s flamboyant and delicious.
Smells and tastes like a good Chardonnay, with peaches-and-cream, tangerine and buttered toast notes, and a creamy smooth texture. There’s a honeyed richness all the way through the finish that’s irresistible.
They called this a miracle vintage in the Central Coast, and here’s why. At this price, to get fruit this opulent is unbelievable. The black currant quality is the equal of anything made in California. Of course, they don’t get the tannins or acid structure of finer North Coast vineyards.
Fruity and semi-sweet, it brings to mind the old Liebfraumilchs many of us cut our teeth on. The pretty apple, peach and flower flavors are offset by crisp acidity, and the finish is clean and long.
The general character here is light and leafy, as advertised by the herbal, cedary bouquet. Toasty oak on the palate helps support the simple but ripe raspberry fruit. And the finish yields dried cherries and coffee as well as some spice. Best Buy.
Juicy peach and spicy lime fruit is joined by herbal notes and a whiff of lees in this dry, fairly tart wine. A burn of acidity piques the middle palate, and then the citrus flavors kick in on the crisp, clean finish.
Great vintage, great Riesling vineyard from the chilly Salinas Valley. There are some beautiful floral and fruit aromas, and lovely flavors. The acid-sugar balance is perfect. But the wine isn’t concentrated enough to merit a higher score. They must have stretched the vines pretty thin.
It’s hard to find inexpensive Merlot that’s good, but here’s one. True, it’s tannic. There’s a numbing quality that stuns the palate. But there are pretty blackberry flavors, and it’s very dry, with good acids. With the right foods, it will do just fine.