The kind of wine you either love or hate – I loved it, and the person with whom I was drinking it disliked it. This is a big, muscular Napa Cabernet on steroids (14.8% alc.) that needs at least a couple of hours of breathing before it is safe to approach without your palate getting beat up. Intense nose of blackcurrant, menthol and dark chocolate. Seems overripe and jammy at first taste, but repeated tastings soften that view. Rich blackberry fruit that takes a bit of time to find past the tannins. Lengthy finish. Could benefit from aging. Definitely needs food, like a chargrilled ribeye. Both the wine and the steak have a crusty exterior masking rare flavors within. Highly recommended.
Clear, vibrant yellow straw appearance. Green apple, tropical fruit, vanilla, hint of coconut on the nose. Citrus, pineapple, peach flavors. Good mid-palate and lingering acidity at finish. Restrained use of oak. Good balance. Pairing mine tonight with my seasonal favorite Dungeness crab. Try crab cakes, chicken or pasta with cream sauce. This is a very drinkable chardonnay for under $20 that will please many, not embarrass you, and will pair widely with a good variety of foods. Read the extended review on Simple Hedonisms.
At first, you notice cherry raspberry aromas, with darker sweet fruit in the flavors—even caramelized fruit. Not much tannin apparent, when drinking the wine on its own, and an unmemorable finish. But with food, it becomes more balanced, less sweet: the wine in your glass just seems to disappear. Try it with something not too heavy, like pasta with tomato sauce. Recommended.
A Napa biggie, a cousin of the pricier Quintessa. Nose of blackberry, eucalyptus, and earth. Rich feel on palate seemingly coming from myriad directions: dark currants, cocoa/chocolate, even some hints of pumpkin pie spice blend. The fruit, however, is a tad out of whack to the tannins and the wine is a bit “hot” (14.5% alc.) making it seem a bit unbalanced. A sinewy, semi-long finish that is slightly sweet. Nevertheless, a quite good wine, and a bargain when compared to many of its pricey Napa neighbors. Try with grilled hanger steak. Highly recommended.
This wine exhibits a ripe melon & pineapple core with butterscotch, butter & heavy cream, baking spice & vanilla extract. Full body, medium acid, medium length in this pleasant, but typical, upscale California Chardonnay. Guests at the Palate Press Grand Tasting gave this an average score of 3.2 out of 5 stars. Drink with lobster and corn chowder.