Very fresh and forward, with a blast of cherry pie and blackberry compote notes, unencumbered by toast and ending with a floral flourish amid the fruit. Drink now through 2024. —James Molesworth
This “Our Finest Selection” white shows a brightness of apple blossom and wet stone within its floral, mineral-laden nose, building to a full-bodied concentration of rich baked apple, nutmeg and clove. The oak is supportive and generous.
The 2010 Vin Jaune is rock star stuff made from 100% Savagnin that saw a short maceration followed by 6 years (and three months) in older barrels. A sherry-like nose of toasted nuts, wood smoke, cheese rind, and beautiful golden fruits all flow to a medium-bodied Vin Jaune that packs plenty of oomph and acidity as well as fruit. It makes you salivate and will be a great aperitif.
Brought up in 35% new French oak and all from the DeLoach Estate Vineyard, the 2017 Chardonnay Estate is a rich, full-throttle effort that has lots of buttered stone fruits, toasted bread, honeyed oranges, and a touch of almond paste on the nose. This carries to a pure, powerful Chardonnay that stays balanced, pure, and classy, with nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. It's a beautiful, pure, balanced effort, and bravo to winemaker Brian Maloney!
The 2017 Chardonnay Hawk Hill comes from the Green Valley region in the Russian River and was fermented and aged 10 months in 37% new French oak. It's a richer, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with lots of caramelized orchard fruits, toasty oak, brioche, and white flower aromas and flavors. With good acidity, plenty of oomph, and a clean finish, it's a terrific, outstanding Chardonnay from this estate that's well worth seeking out. I wouldn't push the aging curve, but it should keep nicely for 3-5 years.
Coming from estate fruit from the Russian River Valley, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 20% new French oak. A smaller production cuvée from this estate, it has a big, exuberant nose of vanilla-tinged black cherry and mulberry fruits interwoven with plenty of leafy herbs, chocolate, and spice. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and pleasure-bent on the palate, it offers supple tannins and an outstanding finish.
From the cooler Green Valley region of the Russian River, the 2017 Pinot Noir Green Valley has a pretty, elegant, complex style and shows vibrant notes of spiced strawberry, flowers, and orange rind-like aromas and flavors. Nicely balanced, medium-bodied, and just a beautiful wine, it can be enjoyed any time over the coming 5-7 years or more.
From a site in the Russian River Valley and all destemmed and aged mostly in neutral oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Maboroshi reminds me of a Village level Côte de Beaune with its beautiful red fruit and floral nuances. It's not a heavyweight, but it offers medium-bodied richness and depth, light tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, all making for an incredibly elegant, seamless Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years or so.
More tropical notions of pineapples, orange blossom, marmalade, and brioche emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Heintz, another rich yet balanced Chardonnay from winemaker Brian Maloney. Playing in the exotic, honeyed end of the spectrum, drink it over the coming 2-3 years.
Sweet spice, mulled strawberries, and a touch of blueberry pie notes emerge from the 2018 Zinfandel Russian River Valley. This juicy, elegant, medium-bodied effort has terrific purity, no hard edges, and a good finish. It over-delivers at the price and is well worth seeking out. Plan on enjoying bottles over the coming 4-5 years.