A pleasant stylistic change from Peregrine, whose wines have been somewhat chunky in the past, this vintage nicely captures Pinot’s elusive silky texture and complex aromas. It’s highly perfumed, with hints of herbs and roses wrapped around a soft core of lush black-cherry fruit. Finishes long, framed by soft tannins. Drink now–2015.
This medium-bodied Riesling combines relatively high alcohol (13%) with ample residual sugar to add even greater richness and mouthfeel. But because of its excellent levels of acidity, it doesn’t come across as particularly sweet or heavy. Tangerine, apple and spice notes linger elegantly on the finish.
Oily and showing good varietal character in its rose-petal and lychee aromas. Tastes more pear-like, with loads of musk and spice that give it an exotic, perfumed character that persists through the long finish.
Peregrine’s wines have settled into a consistent groove, marrying subtle herb and mossy notes with an enveloping core of black cherry fruit. The 2007 is medium in body, with a slightly creamy texture and a supple, bacon-tinged finish that avoids being overly soft. Drink it over the next five years.
Unabashedly New World in style, Peregrine’s 2009 combines lusty fruit with ample oak accents to create a moderately complex, silky-textured Pinot Noir. The cherry fruit is accented by hints of vanilla, graham cracker and a delicate wreath of smoked meat. Drink now–2017.
This is a big, burly Pinot, with bold black cherry aromas marked by some herbal, beet-like notes. Broadens out with air to show deeper, darker flavors, including plums, earth and coffee grounds. Give it 2–3 years in the cellar, then drink it over the next five.
A bit linear in style, but although it lacks a bit of the silky texture that makes Pinot so attractive, it does deliver plenty of Pinot flavor and punch. Black cherries, cola, dried spices and a bit of beet greens mark the nose, and the flavors develop some slightly sappy, resinous notes before ending with black tea leaves. Hold two years, then drink it over the…