Spicy, oaky, rhubarb, beet, lots of sweet cherries and raspberries. Jammier, fruitier than the ABC 2000, though less delicate and elegant, and rather more accessible. Perhaps less acidic; certainly higher alcohol.
What a nice glass of Pinot this is. It shows off the terroir of its famous appellation very well, with high acidity perking up cherry, cola, tea, spice and mineral flavors, and with a wonderful balance. It’s not a cheap wine, but is a comparative value.
This is curiously soft considering the cool vintage. Still, it’s delicious in raspberry and cherry jam flavors, with a spiciness that lasts through the long finish. It seems wise to drink it now.
Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast); $14. Pretty citrus and clove aromas, with a waft of vanilla and smoky oak. Grassy and strongly-flavored, but barrel fermentation adds soft, creamy notes. You’ll like the rich flavors and balance of this skillfully-made wine.
Very forward in ripe tangerine, peaches and cream, Key lime pie and Asian spices, this pretty Chard also has a coat of smoky oak. Those fruity flavors last through a long, rich finish.
Strongly minerally, with a cold metal, chalky tang to the buttery, tropical fruit flavors. With a crisp dose of acidity, this is a dry, elegant Chardonnay that will hold well for five years.
This wine has great depth and richness, with a range of flavors beginning with lemon and ranging through bananas and a tropical fruit mix. The finish is clear and crisp, with refreshing echoes of the opening fruit.
An interesting Pinot, although it’s young, in terms of both vine and bottle age. Seems like a work in progress, with its lush, ripe black cherry flavors and wonderfully crisp acidity. Well oaked, too. But the tannins are tough and astringent.