Open aromas of blackberry, violets, cassis, and vanilla make this a welcoming beginning for a hedonistic wine. The palate is rich, plushy, and balanced, with big sweet blackberry fruit and a playful attitude, surrounded by ripe structured tannin for structure, and an overall intensity that calls out for a steak.
The Atlas Peak Sauvignon Blanc offers a balanced and collected approach. The aromas sweet peach, honeysuckle, lime leaf, and slight white sage begin to flow in. The palate is really lovely with rich tropical notes, melon, and a broad graceful reach. The long smooth finish echoes the peach in the nose and persists right to the end.
Albarino has an unfamiliar profile to most people, with its aromas of vanilla and ceanothus, melon and orange blossom. The wine is crisp and clean and though the texture is bright and fresh, it has a welcome viscosity across the mid palate. Flavors run to tart apple, and anise with some honey and even a little basil to make this a very interesting wine.
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.
Wow – this is a big wine. Deep black cherry and boysenberry fruit are under laid by spicy vanilla flavored oak. Fitting into the picture are raspberry, plum, licorice, and chocolate. The wine has a well-constructed young palate, with fruit crammed into the structure to form an intense ripe blackberry-boysenberry center.
The aroma has lovely floating blackberry and expensive perfume aromas, with violets around the edges. The palate is deep, rich, soft, and caressing, starting with black cherry and vanilla flavors, and rolling into beautifully rounded blackberry and black currant, with an almost silky finish.
The Clarke Syrah has a big, deeply fruited nose, with raspberry jam, and hints of mescal and vanilla crème soda. Ripe plum, raspberry, cassis, wild strawberry and a vanilla finish is what makes this wine so appealing to drink.
Light lovely nose grows steadily in volume, showing dark roses and cherries and some spicy cedary forest floor notes.
The nose floats out as soon as the cork is pulled, with violets, blackberries, and cassis swirling in and out. The palate is still young, focused and energetic, with a strong structure that will reward aging. Black fruit and fine tannin from French oak are just beginning to integrate into the mid-palate. This wine should continue to improve for years to come and to reward the collector.
This late Harvest has a big, tangy, botrytis nose, with honey, jasmine, and a little apricot that will grow with time. The palate is huge, rich, and unctuous, with all sorts of caramelized peach, pear, and apple. The texture is really decadent, clean on the finish, but absolutely a show stopper.
The nose is fresh and pretty with hints of raspberry, watermelon, and lilac. It has a clean crisp watermelon palate, with a bit of pink grapefruit.
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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.
"This wine has aromas of butter, cream, apples and caramel supported by the underlying sweetness of honeysuckle."