From cool coastal vineyards, this wine shows an unusual degree of richness for this price. The nose offers tropical fruits and spicy oak, and the flavors are boldly fruity. It almost achieves a degree of complexity. All in all, a fine value. Best Buy.
Shares some nice features with more expensive Cabernet Sauvignons, like currant and blackberry aromas and flavors, and even a dollop of oak. Drinks dry and smooth, and finishes clean and fruity. —S.H.
Has decent black cherry and plum aromas, and some richness on the palate. Dry and spicy, with fairly ripe fruit and a clean, mildly tannic finish. It’s not complex or oaky, but it’s a fashionable wine, and reasonably inexpensive.
Plenty of spicy oak in this ripely fruity, basically simple wine. Aromas and flavors veer to tropical fruits and spice; technically, it's dry, but it gives the palate impression of honeyed sweetness. Crisp acidity completes the package.
An aggressive, lean wine, with grapefruit aromas and flavors. Powerful fruity, spicy flavors attack; no or low oak. Crisp and very dry; tart and clean. A wet-your-whistle wine at an attractive price.
An everyday wine with some ripe berry fruit but also powerful green, herbal flavors. Of course, it’s very dry, with high acidity and a peppery mouthfeel and finish. Possesses some elegance at an affordable price, and is very clean.
With a bit of residual sugar, it tastes slightly sweet, with aromas and flavors of honey, citrus fruits, and riper notes of apricot. Stunning acidity makes it tingle on the tongue. This fresh wine will be nice with ripe fruits.