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NVWE Notes: Age has brought the bottle bouquet of this Cabernet to its apogee, while its once rough tannins have mostly melted away to leave a rich, silky, elegantly flavorful wine. The nose delivers scents of baked cherry-walnut tart, mulberry-blueberry cobbler, dates, star anise, clove, Victorian toffee and a bit of peppercorn. Graphite and other mineral underpinnings firm the texture and bring added dryness to gently palate-coating flavors suggestive of Italian Maraschino cherry, baked plum, dried red currant, black fig, licorice, clove, cedar, cherry pit, sandalwood, chestnut and toasted hazelnut. There is still fine zest at the finish, which with the mineral notes and a hint of residual grip, create a balance perfect for richly sauced meats. Try it with tournedos, roasted beef or a chocolate-rich Mole.
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NVWE Notes: This wine is, if deeply concentrated, more forthcoming in aroma than its Estate sibling. The nose offers a rich melange of Creme de Cassis, dried black cherry, black raspberry, violet, black fig, date molasses, bitter chocolate, toffee, clove, bouillon, old leather and forest-floor spice. It is more forthcoming yet on the palate, where dry black cherry, black currant, plum, black fig, date, toffee, graphite, leather, tobacco and foresty spice create a rich, lingering mouthful that is clipped just a bit at the end when the tannins kick in. Certainly a fine match to sauced meats and rich winter entrees already, it should further improve over the next five years.
NVWE Notes: This immediately appealing Chardonnay is a blend of seven prestigious Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. The nose offers forthcoming, elegant, youthfully zesty aromas of sweet green apple, peaches and cream, lemon curd, pineapple core, orange blossom, white rose, brioche, baking spices, vanilla and a hint of white pepper. Gently tongue-coating fruit dominates on the palate, where quietly zesty flavors of fresh red apple, white peach tart, bees wax, white rose, hazelnut nougat and Mandarin orange achieve a delightful harmony. The finish is stylish, lingering and grows ever more fruity with airing. Delicious now, it should be captivating if allowed eighteen to twenty-four months in the cellar. 1200 cases made. Vineyard composition: 26% Bentrock, 20% Rita’s Crown, 18% Clos Pepe, 12% Kessler-Haak, 10% La Rinconada, 8% Zotovich & 6% Hilliard Bruce.