The alcohol is relatively moderate, but seems to be at the expense of residual sugar, to judge by the Lifesaver-sweet cherry and blackberry flavors. Beyond that, this Cab has lush, smooth tannins.
The aromas and flavors of dill overpower the underlying fruit here, almost masking the citrus, pear and peach flavors. This may be due to oak or something else, but it’s offputting. Too bad, because somewhere in here is a very fine Chardonnay.
Shows the Petite Sirah characteristics the public has come to expect from the varietal, namely a dry, tannic mouthfeel and fruitiness. On the other hand, the tannins are numbing, locking down the palate with a dry astringency. If this doesn’t bother you, enjoy it with barbecue.
From Delicato, a Merlot that shows the soft texture of Paso Robles reds with well-ripened blackberry, cherry and carob flavors that last into a long finish. Could use greater structure at this price, though.