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NVWE Notes: Polish, style, balance and focused fruit are hallmarks of this delicious wine, yet so are dinner-worthiness and enough submerged tannin to ensure future excellence. The aromas are a fresh, chiseled mix of sweet-natured red plum, raspberry, red cherry, red currant, dried cranberry, red rose, pink peppercorn, bay leaf, clove, star anise and lavender scents. Kirsh, red cherry, red plum, red currant and raspberry lead on the palate, where the mouth-feel is racy and the flavors lingering. The finish is structured, yet silky and fruit-centric, and that fruit is harmoniously contrasted by spice notes of peppercorn, dried herbs, leather and star anise. If already a near-perfect match to a fatty pork roast, it promises increasing class and depth for those patient enough to wait a few years. Only 100 cases produced from the Kimsey Vineyard in Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara.
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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.