Made from Portuguese varieties, this is an extraordinarily sweet wine. It’s explosive in chocolate truffle, blackberry pie filling, caramel and smoky butter flavors, balanced with crisp acidity. Delicious and compelling.
From Don Sebastiani and Sons, known for inexpensive value wines, comes this first release. Don’t let the weird name fool you, this is a serious Napa Bordeaux, mostly Merlot but with the other four varieties. There’s a smoked leather scent hovering over the blackberry, mocha, root beer and oak, and once in the mouth, the wine is exceptionally smooth. Drink now…
The question is whether or not this wine will age, for it sure is tannic. Burns from entry to exit, and it’s not the alcohol, which is modest. It’s a very ripe, fruity Bordeaux blend, brimming with blackberry, cherry, licorice and cola flavors, and is flat-out delicious, except for those astringent tannins. Give it until sometime in 2008, and it should drink well…
A very nice blend comprised of all five of the Bordeaux varieties, but heavily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is properly dry and quite ripe, with cassis and oak flavors. Feels a bit primary and immature now, and will probably be more complex after 2011.