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.
Developing a lovely nose already, it has everything falling into place with ripe apple fruit and Meyer lemon followed by notes of pineapple and buttered toast. The palate is shaping up as ripe and interesting, showing its cool climate American Canyon pedigree with some fresh acidity, but the mid palate concentration keeps it smooth and balanced. This is a Chardonnay that one hopes for but does not often achieve.
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.
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 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 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."