Not showing all that well now. It has a fat, soft, almost syrupy texture, with cherry, black raspberry and cola flavors that are so ripe, they’re almost sweet. Could develop, but doesn’t seem to have the balance for the long haul.
This is a newer vineyard and sometimes the wines can have that fresh, jammy taste you get from young vines that may have been over-cropped. So it is with the ’05, a cool vintage whose acidity accentuates the sharpness. The blackberry and cherry flavors are dry, and finish sharp and simple.
Light aromas of melon, apple juice and herbs seem overripe. Pear and earth flavors on the medium-weight palate, and a lean, rather sharp citrus finish. Some good elements, but a strangely disjointed wine.
A streak of sharp acidity and green mint makes this wine too tart, despite some pleasant cherry, red currant, clove and cola flavors. The wine is unlikely to develop additional bottle complexity. Sourced from the Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada vineyards.
Features light pear and caramel aromas marred by some cidery or varnishy notes. A bit dull, with faint oak-derived toast and menthol elements. A tough vintage for this normally reliable producer.