Castello Banfi has maintained an excellent reputation for consistency over the years. The performance of its base Brunello offers solid evidence of this. If you look back at the scores over the years, you will see less fluctuation between the good vintages and the bad ones. That consistency is achie..
Beringer was one of the first to exploit the high-quality terroir in Knights Valley, and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot aged in 23% new French oak) shows notes of licorice, loads of black and red currant frui..
Only 20% new French oak was used for just nine months in the 2014 Chardonnay Luminus from the cool Oak Knoll section of southern Napa Valley. This wine focuses on floral and citrus oil notes, medium body and delicate wood. Drink it over the next year or so.
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir has a very pretty, floral scented nose with notes of roses and violets over a core of cranberries, Bing cherries and pomegranate. Light to medium-bodied, the palate gives a wonderful intensity of perfumed red berries with just enough herbal and..
The 2013 Te Koko has a pronounced nose of green apples, fresh peas and cedar with a sweaty undercurrent and touches of damp wool and straw. light to medium-bodied, it is just a little lean and green in the mouth with a vegetal finish. Often one of my favorite Marlborough Sauvignons, sadly this lean,..
Also from Alexander Valley, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals more chocolate and barbecue smoke intertwined with blackcurrants. There is also slightly more structure and wood/oak characteristics than in the regular 2012 Cabernet. I did not like it any better, but it is meant for longer-ter..