Red Tightly wound, focused on an intense core of loamy earth, dusty cedary oak and dried berry flavors, fanning out to anise and nutmeg notes. Ends with a lingering, layered finish. Drink now through 2023.—J.L.
DeLoach Vineyards Reviews
The 2014 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard has a tropical fruit nose of guava and pineapple with suggestions of cedar, brioche, butterscotch and praline. Full-bodied, rich and seductively creamy in the mouth, it offers mouth-filling tropical and savory flavors with a lively backbone and great length.
Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Pennacchio Vineyard offers a delicate floral perfume of roses and violets over cranberries, pomegranate and rhubarb notes plus a waft of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses great elegance and poise with soft, silky tannins texturing the understated red berry and earth flavors, finishing with an herbal lift.
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Maboroshi Vineyard has an earthy nose of fallen leaves and mossy bark over a core of red currants and raspberry leaves, plus a hint of black pepper. Medium-bodied with a fine, firm texture of grainy tannins and lively acid to frame the youthful red berry and earth flavors, it finishes with great length and depth.
The 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard opens with white peach, spiced apples and green guava notes, plus underlying brioche and candied ginger hints. Medium-bodied, it has mouth-filling stone fruit and toasty flavors, with a satiny texture and racy line of acid, finishing with very good persistence.
With a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Zinfandel Forgotten Vines gives pronounced notes of prunes, baked blackberries and black cherry coulis with hints of balsamic, licorice and Indian spices. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with baked berry and spice flavors, it has a lively backbone and velvety texture to support, with excellent persistence.
Garden herb and forest floor aromas make a case for this wine to be considered the producer's “Finest Selection” (the “FS” in “OFS”). On the palate, wild strawberry, black cherry and berry are the story, while powerful spice adds intrigue to the velvety texture, roundness and full-bodied concentration.
This fascinating and extremely appetizing wine is very dry, almost steely, with aromas like cinnamon and lime. These are followed by bracing and bone-dry flavors like lemon and Bosc pear with a touch of tannin in the texture, which is unusual for a white wine. Cellar for the mid-term and drink after 2018.
This vineyard-designate from a lovely, coastal site imparts flavors and aromas of golden and green apple along with noticeably juicy apricot and peach. Light bodied, it shows an exuberance of fruit alongside notable minerality and a slight hint of sea spray.
Exotic Asian spices and moody, brambly black fruit play at the center of this full-bodied vineyard-designate from a high-elevation site. Citrus, fresh-grated nutmeg and bright acidity make for a savory yet completely succulent experience that’ll remain memorable long after the bottle is gone. Editors’ Choice. —V.B.
The 2013 Zinfandel Riebli Valley Vineyard looks more like Petite Sirah than one normally associates with Zinfandel. This is from apparently over 100-year-old head-pruned vines and low yields. The color is an inky ruby/purple, the wine rich, full-bodied, powerful and just classic Zinfandel. This is a stunner and a wine capable of offering gorgeous drinking for at least another 7-8 years.
The 2012 Zinfandel Nova Vineyard is more of a fruity Zinfandel with notes of raspberries and cherries, not a lot of depth, but it remains superficially delicious and seductive and can be drunk over the next 1-2 years.