An interesting wine. It's northern Rhône on the nose, all smoke and olives, but on the palate, it is Golden State all the way. Figs, plums, and black cherry are shouldered aside by very sweet mocha and caramel. The mouth feel is very soft. There is little acid, leaving the wine just a little bit out of balance, but very reasonably priced. Drink with a sloppy barbecued beef sandwich and fries.
A surprisingly floral nose offers up citrus blossoms with gentle gooseberry aromas. Indian River Ruby Red grapefruit, orange blossoms, and that same gentle hint of gooseberry are on the palate. Tangy Meyer Lemon and Key Lime, dusted with chalk, make a lingering finish. Minerality and the understated influence of gooseberry will remind people far more of Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre than New Zealand. Drink with grilled Tilapia.
Green aromas and flavors really dominate this wine. There is no mistaking the green pepper of Chilean Carmenere, or the tobacco leaf of Cabernet Franc. They appear on the palate, too, along with red currants and very tart cherries. Tannins are rather big and rough, but balanced by loads of acid. Tannins and acids will settle down over time, but as fruit fades green flavors will get even more dominant. Little hints of violets in the finish indicate some florals might shine through after a few years in the cellar. Drink with beef cazuela or ropa vieja.
Toulouse, and the Rhone, and the French influence is remarkably clear in the blend of the red, which goes for elegant subtlety over big fruitiness. It offers up aromas of tomato leaf, supple blackberry fruit, and a hand-in-hand balance of black and white pepper so well in-tune with one another that might as well have been singing “Ebony & Ivory.” Read more review by Joe Roberts on his site, 1 Wine Dude
This wine has a lovely silken mouth-feel. The aroma on the nose is chocolate-covered peppered bacon. It opens with deep mulberry, sweetening to blueberry on the mid-palate, all with the chocolate-bacon hovering in the background. Tannins are sweet. Drink with flank steak.
Citrus, pineapple, and gooseberry, all with a grassy background, are reminiscent of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc before the Kiwis started filtering everything through the litter box. Flavors are clean, citrus bright, but it is slightly fat, not quite in balance. The gooseberry comes out stronger, tilting into "where's that darned cat?" as the wine warms up, so serve it while it is still chilled, or keep it cool. Finish is mid-length. Drink with any very fresh white fish, or just with a very hot day.
Slightly vegetal green hints are clear tell-tales of wine from Chile, but they do not overwhelm the nose. It also has loads of menthol, black fruit, and a touch of coconut. Blackberries, menthol, tobacco and green pepper are bound by tight tannins. The second night, it still shows telltale Chile-green. Tannins are smoother but the additional time brought the wood, rather than the fruit, to come to the fore. Vanilla and brown sugar overwhelm blackberries and blueberries in a green pepper cup. Not recommended.
Clear with medium intensity, darker and deeper than many rosés, somewhere between rose and cranberry juice. Just shy of being incredibly aromatic, the youthful aromas jump out. Included are grapefruit, citrus, lemon, cherry, strawberry, a little vegetal, and floral. A dry wine with medium-high acidity, body, and alcohol. Flavors include cranberry, sour cherry, lemon, green apple, pineapple, and a little bell pepper! Each sip leaves your mouth watering making it very refreshing. For more wine notes and writing, visit Ryan’s blog oe•no•phile.