The 2015 Surrealist is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It delivers maturing, tertiary notes of unsmoked cigars, incense, fragrant soil, and crushed rocks over a core of blackcurrant pastilles, black cherry preserves, and preserved plums, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is firm, grainy, and lively, with muscular fruit leading to a lingering ferrous note on the finish of this wonderfully sophisticated wine.
The 2015 Leopard is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, and 11% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet colored, it needs a little swirling to reveal notes of charcuterie, tapenade, and black pepper with a core of blackcurrant cordial, prunes, blueberry compote, and menthol, plus a hint of tobacco leaf. The full-bodied palate is rich, firm, and grainy with a lively backbone, finishing long and energetic.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No 1 is deep garnet in color. It prances out of the glass with flamboyant scents of redcurrant jelly, warm cassis, and black cherry compote with hints of dried roses, cigar box, and sandalwood plus a waft of bay leaves. The full-bodied palate is firm and grainy with just enough freshness and loads of evolving fragrant layers, finishing long and earthy.
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...
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately seductive, revealing heady brown spices, perfumed purple florals, sweet cedar and elegant tobacco accents. Nothing shy here. A positively siken texture, laced with creamy blackberry and black cherry fruit, brown sugar...
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-like tannins and exotic brown spices, with a pop of red liquorice. All this is underscored by a lively vein of savoury turned earth notes and elegant pine forest accents. A joy to drink. Sourced from DeLoach’s 6.87-hectare Demeter biodynamic certified vineyard, planted to eight different clones, aged 16 months in 32% new French oak. The harvested clusters were smaller than is typical, a result of the low-yielding 2015 vintage in northern California.
This aged, small-production wine blends 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 21% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Together, they offer waxy cherry and plum notes within a reductive environment of herbes de Provence, tar, and iron. The weight of the wine is thick and concentrated. -Virginie Boone
Hints of anise, smoke and mushroom lend savory intensity to pristine black currant and cherry in this full-bodied Grenache-Syrah blend. It's opulent but freshly balanced, with crisp acidity and firm, sandy tannins. The finish extends on lingering notes of earth and green olive. -ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA
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.
This coastal wine has a feral element of exotic fruit, rhubarb and blood orange mostly, with touches of rose petal around its edges. Silky smooth and unabashedly ripe and full bodied, it has an underlying freshness of lively acidity and integration.