The nose offers aromas of raspberry, with red currant and cranberry. The delicate nose conceals a rich, sweet palate filled with cherries and raspberries, maple and a touch of mint. Tannins are mouth-filling, drying, and ready for rack of lamb. Highly Recommended. 92 points. DBH WHO: Dry Creek Vineyard WHAT:
Black fruit, brown sugar, and a single tendril of wood smoke roil up from the glass. The palate is big, chewy, mouth-filling, with black and blue fruit, molasses, and pepper. Pencil lead and blackberries dominate the finish. Tannins are firm but well-tamed. Drink with beef ribs. Highly Recommended. 93 points.
Lavendar and cassis aromas make up the nose. On the palate, cassis, plums, leather, tobacco, and a hint of eucalyptus make a complex and full-bodied palate, a wine that flows from layer to layer, getting better with each change. Tannins are firm and grippy, ready to wrap lovingly around local
This rich Sauvignon Blanc is softened around the edges with the addition of small amounts of Sauvignon Musque and Sauvignon Gris. The color is pale straw. The nose is soft and rich, crème brûlée and melon. White peaches and honeydew melon show on the palate, lime peeks through on the mid-palate.
Plummy dark fruit aromas, tobacco, and smoke arise from the glass. It is huge, even flamboyant, on the palate, with juicy black fruits, blackberry and elderberry, smoke, the darkest chocolate, and vanilla, all kept just barely in control by firm, structured tannins. Drink with marvelous wine with equally marvelous local
The color is lovely, a true pink. Strawberries, orange peel, and citrus blossoms come out on the nose. Citrus is more pronounced on the palate, tangerines and orange peel, strawberries and lime, with a leafy herb background. This pretty rosé offers layers of fruit with a herbal background adding depth.
Rich aromas of chocolate covered cherries waft up from the glass. They lead on the palate, too, quickly followed by raspberry, milk chocolate, and leather. Smooth, fine-grained tannins and just enough acidity to keep the balance offer a lovely mouth-feel. Red fruit and chocolate linger. This is an opulent, round,
Waxy black fruits, cherries, and leather are followed by milk chocolate. Sweet fruit and pastry create a simple crowd-pleaser at a reasonable price. Drink with barbecue pork sandwiches. Recommended. 87 points. DBH WHO: Pedroncelli WHAT: Zinfandel WHEN: 2014 DESIGNATION: Mother Clone WHERE: Dry Creek Valley, California HOW MUCH: $17 (media sample) POINTS: 87