Smooth & Supple
Somewhat subdued initial aromas, mostly raspberry with a hint of vanilla oak and spices in the background. Aromas open up a bit more as the wine airs in the glass. Fairly bold raspberry and cherry flavors with a little oak, spice, and pepper in the background. Flavors become more bold as the wine airs in the glass. Second night essentially the same as the first. Third night similar to the second night, but with a slight note of sharpness in the initial flavors. Aromas and flavors again open up on the third night after a bit of airing in the glass. Last glass on the fourth night very much like the second and third nights. Medium/full bodied with smooth tannins and a moderately long finish. Held up quite well after opening with simple storage in a cool room.
Crab > Crab Cakes, fish, Chicken
Very nice initial aromas suggesting ripe cantaloupe, with a bit of grassiness in the background. The ripe cantaloupe aromas fade a bit and transform into more generic melon components with somewhat more noticeable grassy components as the wine airs in the glass. Somewhat grassy citrus and melon flavors when well chilled. Melon flavor components become more prominent as the wine warms in the glass. Rich, smooth melon flavors dominate as the wine warms close to cellar temperature. Flavors seem a little out of balance while well chilled, but balance improves as the wine warms closer to cellar temperature. On second night, nice melon, citrus, and lemongrass aromas with a grassy background. Flavors on the second night similar to the first night, but with better balance while still chilled. Third night very similar to the second night. Back label suggests serving well chilled. I found it better when warmed closer to cellar temperature. Better as a food wine than as a wine for just sipping by itself unless allowed to warm close to cellar temperature. Held up well, maybe even improved a bit, after opening.
Fruity & Smooth
Floral aromas without a strong lychee character. Rich pear and tropical fruit flavors. Surprisingly rich flavors for a completely dry Gewurztraminer. Well balanced.
Fruity & Smooth
Oaky, somewhat buttery initial aromas that quickly give way to apple and pear components. Smooth fruity flavors (mostly apple and pear) with some vanilla oak in the background. A hint of butterscotch emerges in the aromas and flavors as the wine warms from refrigerator temperature on the first day. On the second day, aromas show a bit of a citrus component in addition to apple and pear components; otherwise, very similar to the first day. A Chardonnay that can be served well chilled. Surprisingly consistent in aromas and flavors from refrigerator temperature to cellar temperature. Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tart, and somewhat oaky finish. A good food wine as well as a good wine for sipping by itself.
Earthy & Spicy
Pleasantly earthy, fruity aromas without any harsh elements. Primarily red fruit flavors (bing cherry, thimbleberry, raspberry) with a distinct earthy component, again surprisingly pleasant given Mourvedre’s reputation for somewhat rough and rustic farmyard characteristics. Some black fruit components in the background behind the earthy character, but red fruits are dominant. Second night similar to the first, with a little more black fruit shows in the initial flavors than was the case for the first night. Red fruits again dominate after a little airing in the glass. Third night rather similar to the second, with black fruits beginning to challenge the red fruits in the flavors, and with tannins beginning to emerge a little more in the flavors and finish. After some airing in the glass, the red fruits again assert themselves in the flavors Medium/full bodied, smooth, with mild tannins. A wine that grows on you, and one of the few wines with a noticeable earthy component that I actually like. A versatile food wine. At its best on the first and second nights, but still holding up quite well on the third night after a bit of airing in the glass.
Big & Bold
Initial aromas show bold vanilla oak, blackberry, currant, and floral components. Aromas seem to close up shortly after pouring the first glass, then reappear after a bit of airing in the glass, bringing some herbal, cedar, and cocoa components to the background. Bold currant and blackberry flavors with an oaky background; some dark chocolate, cocoa, and black cherry components emerge as the wine airs in the glass. On second night, aromas start out similar to but a bit more subdued than the initial aromas on the first night, but pick up a bit as the wine airs in the glass. Flavors on the second night similar to the first, with a bit of plum also showing. Third night similar to the second, but with a tinge of sharpness showing in the flavors. Fourth night similar to the second, without any hint of sharpness in the flavors. Full bodied with mild tannins that become more noticeable as the wine airs in the glass. Held up surprisingly well after opening.
Big & Bold
Subdued initial aromas. Subtle oak and blackberry aromas emerge as the wine warms and airs in the glass. Bold black fruit flavors with moderate tannins and a little bit of spicy oak in the background. A little bit of alcoholic heat late in the finish when first sipped by itself on the first day. A hint of blueberry emerges in the flavors as the wine airs in the glass. Tannins smooth out a bit as the wine airs in the glass. On second day, aromas remain subdued. Flavors very much like the first day. On third day, aromas remain subdued. Flavors on third day show tannins and a hint of volatile acids in the initial flavors, with bold fruit flavors emerging after a bit of airing in the glass, although the hint of volatile acids remains. Overall, full bodied with prominent, but not overly rough, tannins that carry through the finish. At this stage, a wine that shows its character through flavors rather than aromas. Enough fruit in the flavors to stand up to the tannins, but a little more bottle age might soften the tannins and improve the wine. At its best on the first two days.
Fruity & Smooth
Apple and pear aromas with some tropical fruit components in the background. Pear, peach, and apple flavors with a light touch of creaminess. A lovely wine that does not need any oak to provide complexity. Second day similar to the first. Medium body, nicely balanced, modest but nice finish. Who needs oak with a Chardonnay this good?
Big & Bold
Vanilla oak, blackberry, and currant aromas with some spicy notes in the background. Bold blackberry, currant, plum, and oak flavors with surprisingly mild tannins. Hints of cocoa and chocolate emerge in the aromas and flavors on the first day as the wine airs in the glass. Tannins also emerge a bit more as the wine airs in the glass, but they remain smooth and not harsh. Second day similar to the first, with the tannins emerging a bit more in the flavors and finish. Third day generally similar to the second, with a cedar component becoming prominent in the aromas, and just a hint of alcohol in the finish. A big, full bodied, fruit-forward wine; smooth, with mild tannins that become a little more prominent on the second and third days after opening. Nice long finish with balanced fruit and tannins. A bit of fine sediment in the bottom of the bottle.