Here’s a great everyday-style wine for when you just want a good chardonnay with some peach and apricot fruit character and a hint of sweetness, but nothing to contemplate or hijack your dinner conversation with oenogeeky discourse. It’s straightforward, simple and delicious. - Dave McIntyre
DeLoach Vineyards Reviews
Black and ripe, this wine’s candied-cherry flavors have a Port-like sweetness, while there’s enough acidity to keep it juicy. “Bottom notes give it depth and resonance,” said James Conley of Keen’s Steakhouse, while others pointed to the walnut scents of oak, and highlights of thyme and rosemary.
Here’s a wine for those who like a little sea wrack in their pinot noir; this one has oceanic persistence and sweet, high-toned strawberry fruit. You could think of the green herb scents as nori, to complement nigiri sushi.
Bright cherry, tart strawberry and rhubarb notes form the center of this wine, all edged in mineral tannins. The flavors are light and transparent, their delicacy and finesse lasting, along with a heavier note of extract that may merge into the wine with a year in bottle.
This robust, fruity and moderately tannic wine will pair well with grills and roasts, as its firm texture and generous dark plum and blackberry flavors have plenty of power. Made from the fruit of several pre-Prohibition vineyards, the wine is full bodied, peppery and complex. Editors’ Choice.
With a floral entry of jasmine and fennel, this is an earthy, balanced wine with ample complexity and a spicy center of Gravenstein apple and baking spice. The oak is well integrated and present. Virginie Boone
This is a salty, savory and lengthy white from a cool-climate site, richly layered in butterscotch and baked apple. Made in a hearty style, it remains fresh via underlying acidity and is accented in nutmeg and oak. Virginie Boone
Medium ruby-garnet colour. This has sumptuous, spicy aromas of damson plum, black cherry, earth and underbrush. A well-endowed Pinot Noir, coating the palate with concentrated black cherry, spiced plum, and a tapestry of fine cedar tannins...
Great balance and a refreshing bit of restraint make this medium-bodied wine charming and elegant. It will be easy to come back to for all kinds of meals. Vibrant raspberry and red cherry meet light oak spices on a smooth, lightly tannic texture. JIM GORDON
This meaty, gamey zin evoked food descriptions as well as pairing suggestions. The wine itself is bright and gracious enough to rise above its oaken riches, focusing instead on the scent of hng game, with high-toned cherry scents lasting in a way that would accommodate meaty-stuffed cabbage or a roast pork chop with crisp cracklings at the edges. - J.G.
From a site within the cool Sebastopol Hills, this light-bodied wine is earthy, minty and spicy, with length and grace. Smooth and silky on the palate, it shines in dark cherry, cassis and cardamom, and has a memorable, lasting finish.
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir La Bienvenue Estate Vineyard reveals a nose of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and black raspberries with touches of fertile loam, bay leaves and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a great intensity of black and red berry flavors with stacks of earthy undertones and firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
The 2015 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch is medium garnet-purple colored and boldly scented of raspberry preserves, spice cake and prunes with suggestions of Indian spices, dusty soil and tobacco. Full-bodied, packed with spicy dried berry flavors and supported with chewy tannins, it has a crisp line of acid nicely lifting the pruney notions on the finish.
The 2015 Zinfandel Rue Vineyard is medium to deep garnet-purple with a nose of baked raspberries, blackberry compote and blueberry pie notions with touches of Chinese five spice, hoisin, black olives and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, richly fruited and very spicy in the mouth, the dried berry flavors are framed by chewy tannins and a tart line of acid, finishing on a fruitcake note.
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.