Lots of red fruit, including cherries, strawberries and raspberries, with hints of cinnamon and a good dose of vanilla. A touch of licorice reminds of the old world that the wine pays tribute to. Don't see much long term aging potential here, but drinking it young is all the reward you could want.
A touch more full and rich than the norm for Rias Baixas, this lovely, flavorful wine spent some time in barrels, which, along with the aging Sur Lie makes for a grand wine that will bring out the best of any seafood dish you can serve up. The usual heavy on the lemon citrus is present, along with touches peach. Crisp acidity and a clean, salty finish cry out for a nice bouillabaisse.
Ah, 2007...and the hits just keep on coming. A lovely soft bouquet of blackberry, cedar and paperwhites. The first sip is a burst of cherry and black currant, with big, subtly bitter tannins and pipe smoke. Rich fruit continue on the mid palate, staying strong through the big finish. This is a whole lot of wine for such a small price, and will certainly reward if given a little down time. It's good to see that his winery is staying true to Mr. Mondavi's legacy.
This distinctively old world wine shows loads of stewed cherry and black licorice, pepper and strawberry. All the fruit comes through onto the initial palate, and then some, while tight acidity leaves a clean, tangy edge. The finish is smokey, with a touch of plum and more zingy red berries. A big, lively wine that goes on and on and shows great promise for a long life.
Honey dominates the nose, along with tangerine and honeydew melon. Just a touch off dry, with lots of citrus and more rich honey, with a sharp blade of acidity running through to keep it refreshing. It's never going to pass for a fine Vouvray, but for the price, it's surprisingly enjoyable, and would be welcome at any Summer outdoor gathering.
This is really quite tasty; sweet strawberry, bright cherry with a slight hint of tangy raspberry, and a splendid creamy texture balanced nicely by the bubbles. You may never have thought of New Mexico for wine before, but I urge you to give this a try. Rivals it's competition, at less than half the price.
Holy smoke on the water, this one's dynamite. Complex nose shows lemon, toasted nuts, candle wax and a touch of lanolin. Like flavors, with a rich mouthfeel that gives way to zippy acidity on the finish that also shows a touch of jalapeno. From one of Australia's very best producers
Opens with a burst of sweet strawberry, then the dark fruit, tobacco and vanilla provide a wide, mouth-filling bite of supple flavors. Soft tannins and a hint of graphite define the finish. Really a delicious, well made wine, with perhaps the best feature; its wonderfully low price tag.
A minimalist approach to Chardonnay with max results. The nose is bright fruit, with citrus and cantaloupe, and a waft of salty ocean spray. Jumps onto the palate with pineapple, bitter orange, bee's wax and a steely focused finish. Great Sushi wine.
Here's a rich, sultry red beauty from Italy that's sure to please even the most staunch California fan. The nose doesn't quite prepare you for what follows. Pencil lead, blueberry and mint are unmistakable, but not pungent. But the palate is all about big, ripe fruit. Black cherry and pomegranate are fresh and clean, and stay... with you for a good long time. Sweet black licorice help to soften the tannins, which prove the wine age worthy without getting in the way of enjoy it in its youth.
The bouquet reminds me of summer, with ripe banana and citrus fruit, along with fresh roses, peanuts and a rich, ice cream component. The palate is steely, but with a herbal blanket that melds apricot, lime, pear and apple towards a long finish. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes to try something different in a white, also Rhone fans will enjoy. Mostly Godello, with small additions of Dona Blanca and Treixadura.
The bouquet has a long way to evolve yet, but hidden amongst the sharp, hot lemon is pear and marzipan, which should take the lead as it matures. Pineapple dominates the palate, as well as the finish, but there's also white pepper, casaba, rosemary and riverstone. This is REALLY too young, tight and closed up to enjoy as it should be, but if you have a few years patience, you'll be well rewarded.
A powerful yet delicate bouquet of hazelnut, tomato leaf and orange zest with an undercurrent of lanolin. Rich and full bodied, with creamy lemon and pumpkin spice that just goes on and on. A wonderful crispness cleans up the palate and leaves you ready to enjoy the next sip as if it were the first. A marvelous expression of Chardonnay.
Fruit salad jumps from the glass; Cantaloup, Banana, Cucumber, Honeydew Melon and Celery, with a bright undercurrent of Lemon and Pineapple. Hits with a bracing acidity that subtly fades, framing creamy key lime and caramelized brown sugar, finishing with a touch of bitter grapefruit zest. Overall very clean and interesting, in a good way! If you didn't see it served from a pouch, you'd never notice a difference from your standard bottled wine.
An unusual blend of Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc from Italy, this wine is bone dry, with a nose of lemon/lime, honey and rose petals, not uncommon to Moscato, but minus the RS and typical fizz. The finish has hints of bitter melon and orange zest. A little one dimensional, though it is pleasant and refreshing.
Subtle, creamy aroma, with dark cherry, blackberry, pine, and tar. The tannins have calmed down, but are still present, leading the way to a blast of sweet red fruit and slight hints of mineral and vanilla. Powerful finish has a touch of pomegranate and smoke. Remarkably fresh still, probably still has several good years left.
Pale pink with a slight orangish tint. Delicate aromas of cherry, strawberry, watermelon and cinnamon. Like flavors, with a touch of casaba melon and pineapple on the bright, crisp finish. A solid summertime wine.
An opulent nose of Black Cherry, pencil lead, pine needles and beef fat. The palate is meaty, with blackberry and green peppercorns, and hints of barnyard on the sweet, subtle finish. Quite calm and Bordelaise in style, despite it's 07 Cal pedigree.
Very complex bouquet, in good balance, showing blueberry, graphite, marshmallow, tomato leaf, rosemary, vanilla and a touch of earth. Ultra-rich, with chewy tannins, and plum, tangy blackberry, tobacco and warm whiskey barrel. Long finish.
Light bodied and super tasty, with aromas of plum, smoke and eucalyptus. The palate is filled with cherry, minty chocolate and grippy tannins, finishing with cooked strawberries and white pepper. A great, everyday house style wine.