Petite Sirah, Barbera, Zinfandel
Woody and slightly herbal on the nose with  pencil lead, beef and faint black pepper aromas along with some low black cherry fruit. Big round and chewy in the mouth, this has a nicely chunky feel with rich black fruits and integrated wood spice in the mouth. theres a nice brambly accent to the black cherry fruit here along with a touch of pepper all highlighted by bright acidity which really drives the cherry fruit on the moderately long finish. A little bit on the fruity side but the solid acidity helps keep this from feeling too sweet. 87pts
Zinfandel 52% - Petite Sirah 46% - Mourvèdre 2%
Vanilla and blackberry jam greet the nose in a very direct way followed by hints of herb and carob along with sweet roasted plum fruit. This is soft and mouth coating with fine grained wood tannins that work their way into the crevasses of one’s mouth. A bit fat and fairly fruit with rich black cherry, black plum, and brown sugar flavors on the palate that give way to toasty, vanilla and cinnamon laced stewed cherry fruit on the moderately long and slightly peppery finish. 87pts
Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
A nice sweet whiff of vanilla oak greets the nose followed by the leafy, herbal black currant fruit of the cabernets and creamy cafe au lait and coconut aromas. A bit sweet in the mouth, and while this has plenty of acidity the sweetness lends it a bit of a fat feel. There’s plenty of rich, and slightly chewy fruit on the palate all supported by supple tannins. The finish is a bit short though with a refreshing reveal of acidity on the finale. A bit of an odd wine, leafy and fresh on the nose then fruity and a bit sweet with plenty of red currant blackberry jam in the mouth, it’s made in a crowd pleasing fruit forward style. 86pts
Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo
Low herbal and a bit spicy on the nose with note of blueberries and raspberries competing for one’s attention with some vanilla and wood toast notes.  rather light and bright on entry, then this takes on a bit of weight on the mid-palate where it shows off chunky, plump but not heavy blueberry and blackberry flavors framed in rather obvious but fairly well balanced oak. This turns a bit dry and slightly austere on the finish, which helps to refresh the palate here as the fruit has sufficient staying power to eventually recover the tannins. It’s not fancy but this offers up nice fruit and good structure. I might try this with a slow cooked pork shoulder. 85pts
Cabernet Sauvignon,  Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah,  Syrah
Fruity and sweet on the nose with plenty of vanilla and dried ginger supporting  candied black cherry, candied black licorice and strawberry-rhubarb compote. Broad and low in the mouth, this has enough acidity to keep it lively in the mouth yet still lacks some energy as it delivers sweet oak infused flavors of cherry jam and candied black cherries on the palate. With drying tannin competing with sweetness on the modest finish this does not invite another sip. A bit rough around the edges. 83pts
Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah
Sweet and oaky on the nose and yet at the same time this offers up lovely notes of herb inflected raspberry fruit framed but note of bitter greens and tarragon and mint. A bit heavy in the mouth but smooth as felt without a hint of either tannin nor acid present in the mouth. A bit heavy but not chewy, this does deliver plenty of gently spiced black cherry, earthy plum and slightly meaty flavors with a hint of black olive on the palate. The finish is a bit short and does turn a bit chewy and extracted. I can see the appeal here,  it’s a remarkably smooth and easy drinking wine with an attractive flavor profile and reasonable complexity but it does lack some life in the mouth and particularly on the finish which has an underlying bitterness. 82pts