The upside of the recession is that wines this good are being sold for lower prices, which is great news for consumers. This Cabernet, basically a négociant’s blend, is really delicious. It’s rich, dry, tannic and lush in blackberry and cherry tart, chocolate and smoky cedar flavors.
This is a successful Pinot Noir in terms of its lighter style, silkiness and generosity, showing real finesse and delicacy. It’s a tartly acidic wine with delicious flavors of cola and sour cherry candy. Try pairing it with mushroom risotto speckled with crumbled bacon.
Inky dark and full-bodied, this Syrah has all the hallmarks of a young wine. It’s dry and extremely rich in blackberry, wild cherry and blueberry flavors, accented with smoky oak, violets and pepper. Really nice, but maybe too soft for aging.
This is a good wine, textbook Carneros in its dryness, crisp acidity, silky texture and cherry, herb and spice flavors. It’s not especially rich, but an elegant Pinot Noir for drinking now.
A good, everyday Cabernet. It’s a bit gritty and hard in tannins, but very dry, with fine classic flavors of blackberries, black currants and oak. Give it a brief decant before drinking.