A bit raw and grainy in tannins, giving it a sandpapery mouthfeel, but otherwise quite flavorful. Shows ripely sweet blackberries, cherries, black and red currants and smoky new oak. Best now and through 2012.
Dryness and herba notes mark this wine. Despite some rich oak influences, it comes down on the mineral and sage side, only vaguely suggesting fruitier notes of pineapples and peaches.
This one breaks from the gate with plummy, juicy cheek-grabbing flavors--it seems to have the right stuff for California Merlot. But it reaches a very early crescendo, and then begins to fade away with just the basics in spice and raspberry fruit. The finish is influenced by an off flavor that’s too much like liver or pâté.
Made in a heavier, full-bodied style, this Merlot is very dry and fairly tannic. It’s an earthy wine, with truffle, tobacco and herb flavors and deeper blue and black fruit. Drink now.
Charbono makes a rustic, but long-lived, wine in California. Few specialize in it, but Summers does. The ’05 is a big, black, inky wine, as tannic as Petite Sirah but earthier and softer. The flavors are of carob, blackberries and coffee. Totally dry.
Very dark and purple in color, a dense wine whose chief palate impression is of numbing tannins. Acidity also makes the wine strong and austere. Judging from past tastings of this varietal, in 15 years the wine will be drinkable.