This dark, brooding young pup is gorgeous now and will only get better. Toasty oak dominates the nose, masking ripe blackberry fruit. It really sings in the mouth, with a blast of fruit and spice, and dry, lacy tannins. It’s soft enough to drink tonight, but will hold well.
Very fragrant and alluring, with drink-me aromas of fancy plums, blackberries, currants, smoke and oak. Quite a big mouthful of fruity extract, yet it’s nicely balanced, with elegant tannins and a dry, creamy texture. Contains trace amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Cellar Selection.
Lush and balanced in the mouth, with dusty tannins, the Quail Ridge offers butterscotch, red berry fruit, herb and mineral from beginning to end. It’s aged in small French oak barrels for 26 months—was I imagining a charred, bourbon-like note on the palate? Worth finding one of the 743 cases made.
Made in the style popular today, with rich, ripe flavors of peaches, pears, and tropical fruits, and a generous dose of oak. Feels creamy and very spicy in the mouth and through the long finish.
Picnics and Chardonnay: predictable, but perfect. If you’re into the dejeuner sur l’herbe thing with, say, salami and pastrami sandwiches with Swiss cheese, roast chicken, potato salad, creamcheese-filled celery sticks, olives, apples and bananas, this rich, creamy, and fairly-priced Chard will not disappoint. You’ll like it even served in little plastic glasses.
Asparagus and other vegetal aromas are quite strong. Grapefruit and lime flavors are marred by a persistent attack of green. The finish is tangy and tart, raising questions about its ripeness. Too green and flinty to merit higher.