Valley of the Moon hasn’t raised the price on this Bordeaux blend for years, which makes it a value for the complexity you get. This isn’t one of those soft, mushy wines that’s all flavor and no structure. Acids and tannins provide the architecture for polished blackberry, black olive and smoky oak flavors that are so appealing.
A Bordeaux blend, and a stylish one at that. Excellent flavors of black currants and cherries, with an herbaceous streak of green olives and sage. Feels light and airy on the palate, yet it’s a serious red wine that should be consumed with good fare. —S.H.
Combining ripe fruit with substantial oak, this Bordeaux blend is another example of how great the ’01 vintage continues to be. The flavors, of cassis, black currants, cocoa and licorice, are impressively deep and long-lasting. Drink now and over the next few years.
This Bordeaux blend is rich, complex and satisfying. Everything’s reined in, and in balance. The fruity flavor is quite ripe, the tannins smooth and intricate, the oak shadings just right to accompany fine food without competing with it.
This is the winery’s Bordeaux blend, and it’s almost always quite a good and interesting wine. They’ve held the price steady for many years while maintaining if not increasing quality, to their credit. The 2005 is dry, full-bodied and fairly tannic, with a good balance of fruit, herb and earth flavors. Ready to drink now.
Spicy vanilla and black cherry aromas are seductive here in this sleek, smooth, medium-bodied red blend, consisting of Caberent, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Toasty oak and smoky, firm tannins support the ensemble, which finishes on a bright note. —J.M.
A blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties, this dry, complex young wine has plenty of elegance. The blackberry, currant, tobacco and cedar flavors have a nice balance of dried herbs. Very nice now.
A Bordeaux blend, and a nice one at that, with layers of berry and herb flavors. Shows great structure, with dusty oak tannins and juicy acidity, and while the fruit could be more concentrated, the wine finishes with elegant style.