“Good bright ruby-red. Slightly port-like aromas of crushed dark berries, black cherry, licorice and herbs. Rich and creamy-sweet but the flavors of dark berries, black cherry and chocolate are nicely framed by juicy acidity. Very suave, well-balanced bonarda with fine-grained horizontal tannins and very good length. Clean and highly successful for the variety.”
“Medium red-ruby. Primary aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy oak, lifted by a minty quality. A supple, suave midweight with a restrained sweetness to its blackberry, fig and spice flavors. Nicely integrated acidity and a fine dusting of toothcoating tannins give the wine a solid underpinning. Finishes with lingering nutty and figgy nuances.”
“Bright medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of kirsch, bitter chocolate, licorice and spicy oak; slightly porty but fresh. Densely packed and broad but not overly sweet, with good inner-mouth energy to the black fruit, violet and licorice flavors…. Finishes with fine tannins and a nutty oak nuance. This wine is showing better than the bottle I reviewed back in Issue 161, hence the new tasting note.”
“Medium ruby-red. Bright, slightly high-toned aromas of black cherry, cassis, licorice and violet, plus a hint of fig. Supple on entry, then moderately sweet and firmly structured, showing a creaminess of texture to the dark berry and spicy oak flavors."
“Pale, bright yellow. Delicate aromas of lemon drop, spring flowers, spice and licorice. Juicy, fresh and supple, with a light citrussy flavor. Quite dry and laid-back. Finishes minty and slightly warm, with decent length and life.”
Bright green-tinged yellow. Complex aromas of citrus peel, licorice, botanical herbs and jasmine. Chewy, with strong lemony acidity giving an almost tart character to the subtle stone fruit and soil flavors. Dry and sophisticated torrontes, about much more than merely fruit.
Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, wild herbs and building oak on the nose. Chewy and a bit medicinal, showing a restrained sweetness to the licorice and chocolatey oak flavors. In a rather old-fashioned style, offering good texture but some pepper and herbal greenness.
Good deep ruby. Very ripe aromas of dark berries and chocolatey oak, with a hint of nut skin. Broad and ripe but with a dried fruit character. Finishes with strong tannins and a slightly raisiny character. Distinctly old-fashioned wine.
Red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, plum, licorice and woodsmoke. Ripe acidity gives clarity and vinosity to the dark fruit and licorice flavors. Not complex but offers good intensity and balance. Dryish in a positive way, finishing with fine-grained tannins and modest lift.
Pale silvery-yellow. Orange peel, spices and flowers on the nose. Juicy citrus flavors lifted by a floral element. Boasts good texture and intensity for a wine in this price rather, with sound acidity giving shape to the peach, citrus and floral flavors. Finishes supple and persistent.