Always extremely popular, this Southern Rhône-style six-grape blend is especially noteworthy in 2011. It’s a powerful wine that has a broad array of red and purple fruits, plus penetrating focus. This is juicy, forward and immediately delicious, and it also has the structure to age, perhaps surprisingly well.
Sweet, spicy, almost pungent with meaty, bright berry scents. It shows a beautiful nose, fragrant and seductive, spiced with white pepper, blueberry and violets. It’s clean and lifted, with everything—alcohol included—in balance.
Ambitiously styled, with a thick, voluptuous mouthfeel and lavish notes of smoke, toast and chocolate. If it sounds oaky, it is, but it still tastes good, with enough blackberry fruit to stand up to the wood. Finishes with a softly dusty note and ripe tannins.
360 cases were made of this rich and creamy Viognier. Scents of lemon and lime and rose petals lead into flavors of Meyer lemon, with a custardy mouthfeel. The wine retains a pleasing, citrus/tangerine crispness through the finish.
This young fruit starts off with scents of huckleberries and violets, underscored with whiffs of clay and pepper. The minerality elevates it above the norm; the fruit is well-ripened but still tart and tight, acids are plentiful, and no new oak was used (or needed). This is impeccable winemaking, extracting every nuance from the grapes. 170 cases produced.
From Northridge (Milbrandt) vineyard, the highest vineyard on the hill east of Matawa, up into stony soils, with straight south exposure. This has a gorgeous color and bright, fresh aromas of berry and cherry, bigger than the Cinsault, with some grip to the tannins.
This pure Roussanne offers bracing acidity coupled with fleshy melon, citrus and pineapple. Balanced and fresh, it still shows a yeasty character, with hints of cracker from aging in older French oak.
Showing excellent varietal character, this light, textural, delicately spicy white wine is finished at just 12.8% alcohol, yet remains quite dry. There is a pleasing saltiness to the mouthfeel, almost like an Albariño, and the finish is crisp and nicely detailed.