As you may know, I am a fan of this winery and had to pick this up the other day. Very dark, near black and opaque in the glass. On the nose, bright fruit flavors of plum, espresso, tree bark and vanilla bean. On the palate I get a very smooth mouthful of violets, plum compote, spice and very lithe tannins that are very integrated. The acidity is very mild, making for a very soft mouthfeel. Easy to drink, yet I suspect there is some cellaring potential here, I’m just not sure where it’s going. The purple fruits are very prominent on the finish and the wine ends nicely with a dry note. Drink by itself or pair with lighter fare- cornish hens, burgers or a white pasta. 89 points from me. I paid $16 and am giving it 4 stars. Salut….
I saved this one for last in the Charles Smith repertoire that I picked up in Cali. It was worth the wait. Dark purple in the glass with a nose of cherry, blueberry and a hint of oak. The initial attack consisted of black cherry and plum jam. Nice acidity and slight tannins make for a nice mouthfeel. The mid palate is rather one dimensional, yet the tannins start to grip at this point. The finish is interesting with the tannins still coating the gums along with some mint and violet. Really interesting bottle. 89 points with a drinking window of 2015/2020
PS. After an hour this wine has really mellowed, opened up and that mid palate issue I had is gone. 90 points now. 4 stars at $15. Tasty and worthwhile cellaring a few bottles. Salut….
A perennial winner, this wine is consistent for quality and value. Nothing special, just plain old reliable with decent fruit, easy to drink and no harshness. Very light on the tannins, the point of this wine is to enjoy the blueberry and plum flavors without the complexity. It is a pop and pour wine suitable for an evening drink, large party or quick pasta meal. Very widely distributed and easy to find for under $10, every house should have an emergency stash of this stuff in case a block party breaks out. 5 stars for its consistent quality to price and a respectable 86 points (WS gave it 89!).
Right up my grill with plums, lots of em mashed up with blueberry. It’s almost like a plum salad on the palate, really delicious in its own way. Good acidity detracts from a tannic frame that I sense exists to give this wine some aging potential. I am liking this wine for different reasons, it’s interesting, has depth and it’s making my mouth water…. 4 stars, 90 points easily.