This low-alcohol (10.4%) dessert wine, finished with 11% residual sugar, is absolutely spot-on. Layers of textural detail amplify the concentrated core of lemon drop and candied orange, and an orange pekoe tea character adds still more flavor interest through the finish.
Here’s a tasty, semisweet, single-vineyard Riesling that does a good job of emulating the German style. The nose features ripe green melon, white pepper and petrol, while the palate turns fruity and racy, much like lemon-lime soda with a twist. The finish is light, zippy and rewardingly sweet. This wine has a good pulse, although you still wouldn’t call it electric.
This fairly plump yet sturdy Chard delivers creamy oak aromatics supported by notes of perfume and bee’s wax. The palate is ample, with clean flavors of pear, lemon and apricot. Lastly, a buttery but welcome taste appears on the long finish. With more expressive fruit, this could be a star. Even as is it’s quite good.
This well-made, off-dry late harvest Riesling includes small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The fruit shines here, and it was indeed picked really late, as the stats indicate: 13% residual sugar and 12% alcohol. As with most Washington late harvest wines, the acidity is there to support all that sugar.
An exceptional value, this is buttery and round, loaded with peaches and creamy vanilla flavors. Solidly mainstream and quite delicious in a full-on, barrel-fermented, 100% malolactic style.
Coffee, mocha and barbecue-smoke aromas smolder on the nose, and continue on the medium-bodied palate. Tannins are chalky and smooth, but largely obscure the black cherry fruit. Finishes with oak, tobacco, tannin and a burst of sweet black cherries. Very good, but I’m not convinced that aging it any is going to resolve the chalky, powdery tannins. Best Buy. —D.M.