Other wines tasted: 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale*, 2006 Zinfandel Langhorne Creek. (Click Wine Group, Seattle, WA)
($18) Light gold. Fresh apple, pear and honeydew on the nose, with complicating cinnamon, green tea and floral honey accents; impressively complex for the price. Juicy orchard fruit and melon flavors are gently braced by bright tangerine and quinine notes that build through the finish. A suave, lively, elegant style of chardonnay, nicely melding tanginess and ripeness.
($19) Yellow-gold. Ripe peach and apricot aromas are deepened by honey and sweet butter. Warm and weighty pit fruit and melon flavors are a bit loose-knit but offer good depth and sweetness. Less lively than I'd prefer but this should work well with spicy Asian dishes such as Thai coconut curries.
($25) Inky ruby. Luscious blackberry, blueberry and mocha on the nose, with whiffs of violet, graphite and vanilla adding complexity. Very suave in the mouth, with energetic dark fruit flavors brightened by cracked pepper and violet pastille notes. Silky, sweet and impressively persistent on the juicy finish. This has the balance to develop in bottle for a couple more years, but I'd opt for drinking it soon for its wonderful crispness and vivacity.
($22) Youthful purple. Varietally accurate black fruits, licorice, cured meat and cracked pepper on the nose. Sweeter red berry flavors deepen with air, picking up ripe cassis and blueberry flavors, with gentle acidity providing lift. The sweet, silky finish features fine-grained tannins that nicely frame dark berry and cherry flavors. Very easy to drink.
($33) Dark red. Seductively floral red and dark berry aromas are complicated by orange zest and dried rose. Crisp and tangy, with tart redcurrant and cherry flavors deepened by a suggestion of mocha. Finishes slightly stern, with the fruit dropping off and the acidity dominating. Will this flesh out with some cellar time?