It’s a shame there were only 100 cases made of this delicious Syrah. Fleshy black cherry aromas touched with celery burst into layers of red plum fruit on the palate. The tannins are rich, but there’s enough acidity here to balance them out. —C.S.
This Bordeaux blend has good, tart, spicy, berry-driven fruit as its focus, and some pleasing, chocolaty tannins wrapping around. It’s well made, with streaks of anise and tar adding depth; a middleweight that could age for 5–6 years.
This comes on like a fairly simple cherry and chocolate Cab, until some herbal (some might say stemmy) flavors kick in midpalate. The finish is oaky, mixing chocolate and coffee streaks.
The name fits the wine. This Cabernet-Merlot blend is a nice straightforward bottle of red wine. The milk chocolate and raspberry flavors join smooth tannins and earthy aromas. Best Buy. —C.S.
This Idaho winery sourced its neighbor state’s fruit to create this perfectly quaffable Chardonnay. Pear, orange and custard aromas yield to flavors of pear and just a hint of coconut. The finish is smooth, yet simple. Ultimately this is a good, clean, straightforward white, albeit an ordinary one.
This Idaho winery uses Washington fruit to deliver this light, crisp, pleasant wine. This wine offers pale green berry flavors, lemon zest and the barest hint of spice on the refreshing finish.
A rustic, red-fruited wine that is more reminiscent of an Italian variety than its French name suggests. Medium-bodied in the mouth, the fruit is accessorized with green tobacco and brown earthy flavors. The finish carries a touch of medicinal heat on the very end. —D.M.