Deep character of ripe purple fruit with sweet spices, violets and chocolate notes. Full-bodied, succulent and mellow with creamy tannins and velvety texture. Fruity and lingering. Sustainable.
Black-cherry, ash, bark and dried dark-mushroom aromas follow through to a medium to full body with a solid sense of tannin and acidity. Polished and focused. Needs time to soften a bit, but shows fascinating oyster-shell and iodine undertones. Best in three or four years.
A beautiful red with cedar, mushroom and cherry character, as well as hints of sandalwood. It’s medium-bodied and very polished with loveliness and finesse that comes through clearly. A wine to drink young, but will age very nicely. Drink or hold.
Lovely berry and cherry character with ash undertones on the nose. Medium body, fine tannins and pretty energy at the end. Hints of citrusy undertones here. Shows finesse, focus and beauty. Drinkable now, but better in a few years.
Dark berries, dark chocolate, licorice and bark on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied with powdery tannins and ripe but juicy fruit character. Velvety finish.
Aromas of pink cherries and wild strawberries with dried flowers, orange peel and praline. Medium-bodied, dry and chalky with fine bubbles and zesty character. Refreshing and crisp at the end.
Notes of red plums and bramble berries with dried rose petals, red licorice and bark. Medium- to full-bodied with chalky texture and vivid fruit. Tannins are velvety and ripe. Racy and spiced on the finish. Sustainable.
Crisp and fresh aromas of saline, lavender and chilled Asian pear slices are a nice start. Meyer lemon and grapefruit flavors are seasoned with spicy clove and ginger notes and a touch of pine needles. More acidity would be welcome, but overall an enjoyable wine.
The wine's primary aroma of pineapples and wet rocks is joined by a trace of something smoky, like a roaring campfire at the beach. Peaches and lemon-lime soda pop flavors are tempered by a bit of orange zest. This off-dry Riesling is need of a bit more acidity.
This is indeed a sweet wine. The wine also has plenty of acidity, so it has that going for it. Aromas of lemon tarts and 7-Up are a canary in the residual sugar coal mine. Flavors like lemon drop hard candies and a peach margarita continue the theme. The wine is sweet without hitting cloying territory.
Aromas of flower, Nestea iced tea, apricot and peach hard candy lead to body-dry flavors. It's full in feel. There's a lot of value to be had.
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The aromas provide plenty of appeal, with notes lime leaf, herb, peach and jasmine. Off-dry-drinking stone-fruit flavors follow. There's pleasing acidity throughout.
Aromas of jasmine, flower, apricot and peach lead to medium-sweet stone-fruit flavors. The sweetness and acidity play well off each other. It brings a lot of value.
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Expressive aromas of orange marmalade, citrus, brown sugar and honey are followed by sweet, rich but well balanced fruit flavors. The variety's pleasing sense of acidity keeps the sugar well in check. Marmalade notes linger on the finish.
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The aromas are bright, with notes of freshly cut apple and white peach. Sweet but well-balanced fruit flavors follow, with Nestea Lemon Iced Tea notes on the finish
Soft and fairly sweet, with honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas and tropical fruit flavors.
The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of lime leaf, herb, pear and flower. Dry, well-balanced fruit flavors follow, backed by lively acidity. Beautiful stuff.
Soft and delicately sweet, with lively pineapple and lemon flavors that show spicy accents. Drink now.
Appealing notes include pear, jasmine and orange blossom. It drinks a hair off dry with stone fruit flavors that seem a bit dilute
Sweet, polished, focused and expressive, playing the grapefruit, pear and spice flavors against bracing acidity. This avoids being cloying, and persists harmoniously. Delicious now, but should deepen with cellaring. Drink now through 2025.— H.S. (5 March 2015)
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Penetrating aromas suggest lemon oil and citrus blossom, with a hint of terpene. This is the driest version of this wine to date, with residual sugar down around 0.5%. Pear skin, pear flesh and citrus carry it through a lengthy finish. May 2014
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Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. -HS 11/30/12
BEST BUY ~ The sweetness gauge on the back label indicates this as medium dry, and at 3.2% residual sugar, there is more than a hint of sweetness. It’s all in fine balance, full flavored, fruity and round. A mix of peaches, apricots and Mandarin oranges makes this an interesting Riesling with some complexity. — […]
#1 TOP 100 2011 ~ Rich on the borderline between dry and sweet, this richly fruity riesling is packed with flavors or peach, apricot, pear, a hint of mint, and a streak of wet stone. There is a lot going on for such an inexpensive wine. – PG 11/01/11
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A Fresh and textural wine, this puts a spicy spin on citrus rind and stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot. There’s an intriguing hint of white pepper as well, and an overall sensation of density, intensity and exceptional length. – PG 9/01/12
Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. –HS
Aromas of lemon-scented candle wax and spicy gypsy peppers collide with the earthy aroma of petrichor after a good summer rainstorm. Talk about a Rainsong. Lemon zest and pine needle make up the lion's share of the flavors, with nice acidity backing them up.
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This well-constructed value wine offers light raspberry and strawberry buoyed by gentle acidity. There is just enough of a phenolic edge to the tannins to keep the finish firm.
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Spicy and intense, this excellent Pinot Gris is loaded with Gravenstein apple, cut pear and a taste of orange peel. Surprising length and power for a European-styled wine, with modest alcohol. Best Buy. – Paul Gregutt
BEST BUY ~ This is the first release from Rainstorm, part of the expanding Mariani Family presence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s bone dry, immaculately fresh, and lees-aged, with lovely depth and finesse. Flavors of melon and cucumber dominate, and the crisp acidity offers bracing minerality. — P.G. (8/1/2012)
This is the first release from Rainstorm, part of the expanding Mariani Family presence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s bone dry, immaculately fresh, and lees-aged, with lovely depth and finesse. Flavors of melon and cucumber dominate, and the crisp acidity offers bracing minerality. – P.G.
This is 56.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.8% Malbec and 9.7% Petit Verdot. Brooding aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry and tar are followed by surprisingly lighter styled fruit flavors. There's plenty of acidity and tannin structure there. Time will serve it well.
Potent and dense, with sturdy blackberry, orange zest and dark chocolate accents that finish with mild tannic grip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec (33%) and Petit Verdot. It's aromatically locked up on first pour, showing whiffs of cherry and spice. The palate is considerably more expressive, packed with rich, dense, jammy black cherry flavors surrounded by a pleasing sense of structure.
Some mossy berries and a hint of sweet spices to the strawberries. Juicy and bright on the palate with some restrained sweet-sour fruit. Clean and concise. Most of the grapes are from Bio-Bio, with some from Colchagua. Drink now.
Fruity and expressive on the nose with some nice white pepper and currants. Juicy and generous on the medium-bodied palate with a nice crunch to the sweet cherry fruit. Nice tannin tension here. Drink now.
This Merlot has nice acidity and a spicy nose that includes hints of berries. Chewy tannins frame a palate with mild blackberry flavors that fade into a brief finish.
Aromas of ripe berries introduce a palate with the same fruit notes and a touch of grass. It's an easy-sipping wine, with light tannins and gentle acidity.
Cranberries, cherries and some herbs on the nose. This is a juicy and bright pinot with some herbs, red dates and white pepper on the palate. Easy-drinking style with some tannins. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap.
Savory cranberries, cumin and some redcurrants and plums. Nicely generous and bright with juicy fruit and firm tannins on the palate and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now.
Fresh grapefruit and some scented flowers and wet stones on the nose, followed by nectarines on the palate. An elegant and supple rosé. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap.
Sour cherries, redcurrants, dried flowers and smoky undertones. It’s medium-bodied with creamy tannins. Crisp and crunchy with pure, juicy character. Flavorful finish with good length. From organically grown grapes. Vegan. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
A juicy, fruity red with some cooked fruit, yet it comes out fresh and vivid at the finish. Medium body. Drink now.
2016 TEXSOM International Wine Competition Gold Medal