This is an expansive, vibrantly alive and buzzy white that’s floral in apple and orange blossom aromas. Its freshness is complemented by richer deeper undertones of baked quince and tangerine, with a gravelly stony quality to the texture that makes it hard to resist.
DeLoach Vineyards Reviews
From a site situated at 900-feet in elevation and located blissfully close to the coast, this vineyard-designate is intensely salty and briny, in firm grasp of stony mineral characteristics. With a depth and breadth of full-bodied concentration, it’s complex and layered in Gravenstein apple and pear, the aromas a mix of honeysuckle and apple blossom.
Reduced oak settles in the glass to unleash juicy flavors of Gravenstein apple, lemon, grapefruit and white flower. Gravelly texture gives it context and complexity that buoys the full-bodied frame and allows for persistent acidity.
A warm and luscious chardonnay, this is full of buttered-toast flavors, melding oak and lees into the sweet orchard fruit. It's broad and a little rustic, with green tea and ripe peach notes, an ample wine to please lovers of oaky chardonnay.
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.
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.