Despite struggling with some white wines, Jim Waters has hit a home run with this reserve Merlot. A light grapey color hides a complex array of blueberry, pie crust, mushroom, rubber, mint and even sausage aromas. Young and vibrant, with ripe tannins and good acidic backing, there is plenty of wood which needs another year to integrate. Underneath is grapey fruit…
Coffee, char and ripe red fruit perfume this alluring full-bodied Cab Franc. On the palate, intense plum and cherry flavors garner complexity from layers of smoke, granite and a toasty, bacon-inflected finish.
Smoke and dark char notes permeate the nose and palate of this Long Island Cab, but a fairly concentrated core of black fruit hides within, marked by rustic notes of earth and moss. Lean in body with soft, finely knit tannins.
Lush, spicy aromas of apricot, honey and vanilla are followed by unfolding layers of the same in this elegant dessert wine. Luscious and pretty, with a slightly spicy finish. Pair with fresh fruit or sip alone.
Intense aromas of day lilies, honey and spiced canned peaches abound in this not quite “dry” Riesling. The mouth feels a bit confected with so much sunny orange marmalade and lemondrop flavors, but the finish ends drier with a hint of bitter orange pith.
The Grand Vin from Water’s Crest hits the nose with intense aromas of char, smoke and dark cherries, but is laced with a veil of green, vegetal notes throughout. On the palate, flavors of black coffee and rich black fruit are followed by a sweet vanilla chaser. Sturdy but supple tannins add structure and bite.
Ripe red fruit and coffee notes stand out amidst the charred wood on the nose of this dry, medium-bodied Bordeaux-style blend. The palate as well has a nice core of red plum and cherry fruit flavors, boosted by soft tannins and a vibrant acidity, but the finish reveals some green peppers and other unripe notes.