Lovely rich cherry and toasty pastry notes are followed by deeper vanilla and spice, typical of the aromas that build in Remond barrels. The palate is strangely graceful, coiled, and brawny, like a dancer about to leap. Chocolate covered cherry flavors with toasted hazelnuts reach out invitingly, offering to share the intimate clarity and balance of this wine and its satiny finish.
Cloves and a hint of coconut start the aromas, and then pear and lychee take over, with Meyer lemon floating in and out. The palate is integrated and rich, with a beautiful balance of oak spice and ripe Chardonnay fruit. The lemon and pear flavors are followed by an elegant lifting finish, and a final kiss of oak
This Sauvignon Blanc was pressed and co-fermented with the 5% Semillon, and then barrel fermented. Barrel Fermentation creates a richer more complex palate especially if it can stay on the original lees for almost 9 months. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is still growing in depth and interest and with both focus and dimension, it will be stunning to watch for many years.
This wine opens nicely with elegant oak, hints of blackberry, cedar, and a black licorice aroma that builds steadily. The palate is quite young, and somewhat restrained. However, the complex mouth feel it had at bottling is building back slowly around its core of deep black cherry and blueberry fruit. The tannins are balanced and graceful giving the wine nice organization.
Nose) Swirls out nicely, with lots of lovely cherry, and deeper berry jam notes, followed by a spicy sweet oak, that’s integrating nicely already.
Palate) A young palate, fairly vibrating with different cherry flavors (black, red, and wild). Red roses and graceful fruit fill out the mid-palate, while depth and charm keep going all the way through the finish.
The aromas have beautiful dark fruit, black cherry and boysenberry, with a hint of spicy oak and red currant. The palate is still evolving, and though the front of the palate has some velvety fruit, the mid palate is in the big explosive fruit stage, supported by good acidity and a lively finish. Another year will increase the mouth coating dimension, and another year will bring more quiet dignity.
The Clarke Syrah has a clean and fruity nose, with boysenberry, fig, and hints of mescal and vanilla crème soda. The palate has ripe plum and boysenberry flavors with a vanilla caramel finish, and the mid palate will benefit from time spent in the bottle to help smooth some of the rough edges.
Slightly buttery to start, the red currant and black cherry soon take over and a bit of the truffly spicy Pinot Noir hint of more complex aromas to come. Satiny texture makes this young wine amazingly drinkable. It has a soufflé type richness, dense in the mouth and then light and graceful on the finish.
The nose is fragrant and lifts white peach, lychee, and honeydew melon into the aroma. The palate is full with a big center and nice acidity, showing melon and white peach flavors to match the nose, then adding in Meyer lemon, and some golden delicious apple.
Ripe and balanced, with white peach and nectarine flavors followed by passion-fruit and again lime zest. A big wine, it is assembling its pieces and will grow and fill out a lot in the next year.
"Golden Delicious apple and a bit of grated lemon rind give a graceful lively aroma, and then there is a racy fresh orange blossom note, probably from the Albarino, dancing across the top."