Clear, medium-deep garnet. Medium-intensity, fully developed and complex nose including raspberry, cherry, liquorice, and coffee aromas with a bit of dust. Medium-bodied with highish acidity, powdery tannins and a long finish. Flavours of fresh tart cherries and dark berries. Will improve for another year or 2.
Purplish. Made from Mondeuse, a variety found only in Savoie, the wine has an attractive fruity nose of strawberry and raspberry, along with a little spice and gentle oak. Light- to medium-bodied, the fresh acidity and supple tannic backbone lift the finish. Drink soon.
This idiosyncratic wine is made from 100% L’Acadie grapes and subsequently buried 8 feet underground in Hungarian oak barrels for 12 months in the same soil in which the vines grow. Shows some complexity on the nose with tropical fruit, banana, caramel and vanilla. Buttery, toasty and citrus flavours show up in the mouth, backed by brisk acidity and mineral grip. Toasted, almost crème brûlée notes linger on the finish.
Classic California-style citrus, buttery toasty hazelnut and a dash of vanilla on the nose shifting to rich lemon citrus and tropical fruit on the palate. Subtle toast and butterscotch notes on mid-palate are balanced by lively acidity leading into clean citrus freshness with a touch of nutty butter on the finish.
Godello is an aromatic grape grown in Northwest Spain. This full-bodied wine has an intense nose of spicy melon and wildflowers; it’s full on the palate with dry musk-melon and lemon flavours.
This non-vintage sparkler from the cool Sonoma side of Carneros in California is attractive for its leesy-yeasty, baked bread, pear, roasted almonds and bright lime-apple-citrus notes on the nose. The blend is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made in the Méthode Champenoise and straddles the line between a zippy, zesty fresh citrus offering on the nose and a warm apple tart, poached pear and toasty vanilla sparkler in the mouth. Not as fresh as some, but still a delicious bubbly with a generous mousse that feels good going down the hatch.
Here is yet another impressive bottling from Coyote’s 2010 red lineup. Boysenberry, plum, cassis, vanilla, mocha and roasted herbs are built on a solid backbone of tannins. Combined with excellent length, it will age well for the next 5 to 7 years.