Lastly, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Private Reserve (aged 19 months in 68% new French oak) offers an outstanding bouquet of cedarwood, black fruits, currants, and earth. With medium to full body, ripe tannins, and good overall elegance, it’s approachable today yet will benefit from short term cellaring and cruise for 10-15 years.
The 2017 Chardonnay Jovita's saw a native fermentation in barrel followed by 14 months in 35% new French oak. It has a classic bouquet of crushed citrus, toasted oak, white flowers, and hints of minerality as well as a medium to full-bodied, rounded, supple, balanced style on the palate. This is a classic, balanced, beautifully textured Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast that’s well worth seeking out.
Slightly more expensive, the 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve was aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. It's slightly deeper colored and offers a riper, more tropical style in its pineapple, crushed lemon, white flowers, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with notable purity and freshness, it has good acidity, plenty of mid-palate depth and a good finish. It's a bigger, richer wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years.
Leading off two Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Ida's comes from the Sonoma Coast and spent 11 months in 24% new French oak. It has a sappy, resinous, pine forest style as well as attractive black cherry fruits, spice, and a kiss of cola. Medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, with both high-quality tannins and acidity, it’s a beautiful, complex, layered Pinot Noir that should easily keep for 7-8 years.
In the same ballpark, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bela's comes from the Russian River and spent 12 months in 35% new French oak. More classic sweet red fruits, forest floor, leather, and spicy incense notes all emerge from this complex, medium-bodied effort that has tons of charm. It too should keep nicely for 7-8 years.