Notes on the nose of lemon zest, creme fraiche, mineral, lees. Lots of earthiness on the palate with more lemon-creme, dried herb, and mineral. Richly structured with good acid. Long earthy citrus notes on the finish. Nice components, very Chablis-influenced, needs a few years to meld.
USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Bouquet notes of citrus, sagebrush, mineral, lime zest. Richly structured palate with layers of flavor- honeycomb, red apple, lime, dried herbs. Round tannins with bright acid. Nicely balanced. Very elegant, with a fine full finish. Beautifully done, should improve with time. 93+
Aromas of tea leaf, pine needle, earth, brown spice, fig and cherry. Layered flavors of cherry, spice and hints of earth. Silky and vibrant, fine tannins and a complex finish of lingering tea, spice and red fruit. Very nice.
Aromas of anise, espresso, dried lavender, mineral, olive and currant. Pure black currant on the palate with espresso, dark floral, black tea and mineral. Rich and velvety on the palate with firm round tannins and bright acid. Lengthy finish. Excellent, and a strong value.
Stately aromas of cassis, tobacco, cocoa, blackberry, cedar. Lots of savory and oak notes on the palate- olive, roasted coffee, cedar, leather, with a little black currant fruit. Velvety and rich in feel with firm tannins and a lingering finish. Needs time for the fruit to emerge.
Notes on the nose of lead pencil, crushed rock, dark floral, black currant. Beautifully layered palate with savory black olive and black currant notes along with mineral, cedar, tea and floral depth. Velvety firm tannins, bright acid and a long finish. Excellent- will cellar this for some time.
Aromas of vanilla, dried herb, red currant and cedar. More cedar on the palate with leather, cassis, black cherry and vanilla- well balanced. Charmingly rustic but with nice smoothness to the tannins. Long finish with spice and cherry. Very nice.
USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Aromas of crushed stone, tobacco, cedar - very savory. Beautiful fruit kicks in on the palate with robust blackberry along with vanilla, earth and cedar. Round earthy tannins and good spice and fruit on a solid finish. Excellent.