Beginning in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., established a tradition of using Merlot rather than Cabernet Sauvignon as the primary varietal in this blend, much as the right-bank chateaux do in Bordeaux. The 2006 vintage displays the seductive, tranquil softness of the Merlot along with notes of clove, allspice, blueberry, and loam.
Tasting notes: As might be expected, Cheval Blanc outperforms, exhibiting a heady nose of lush black fruit and spice followed by complex notes of cocoa, vanilla and berry on the palate. It finishes as seamlessly as it begins. Worth knowing: Château Cheval Blanc was owned by the Fourcaud-Laussac family for 166 years. They sold the […]
Tasting notes: Silky, elegant, and smoky, this California take on pomerol is cooler than, say, the bright, berry-filled 2005 vintage, showing more dark plum and earthy spice. Worth knowing: Produced by former Screaming Eagle winemaker Heidi Barrett, this small-production wine features the work of a different contemporary artist on the label of each vintage. Buyers […]