2007 Merlot, Sonoma Valley Estate Bottled 750ml 2-Pack
The nose has deep blackberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, brown sugar/caramel, lots of brown spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) with hints of chocolate, black tea, tobacco and cedar. The fruit is spot-on ripe, with neither any greenness nor raisin. The entry is full bodied and supple, but with enough acid to keep it clean and focused. The flavors echo the aromas – lots of fruit and spice. The finish is clean and dry with good length. This vintage has a bit more tannin than the previous couple of years and has good potential to develop with aging over the next 2-5 years. This wine will pair nicely with stews, pot roast, and Toby's favorite-spinach farfalle pasta with lots of pine nuts.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 750ml 2-Pack
Deep, youthful dark red color. Aromas of black currant and wild cherry with notes of mint, vanilla, caramel and spice. The oak is well integrated and not overpowering. The entry is full and supple without being overly sweet or heavy, the mid palate fruity with lively acid; the finish a bit chewy still, with lingering fruit and oak. With over 2 years of bottle age, this wine already has a smooth, long finish, but still has the stuffing to evolve for several years.
2007 Syrah, England Crest, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Aromas of blackberry and cassis, that smoky – gamy Syrah je ne sais quoi with notes of coffee, cinnamon and caramel. The entry is rich and plush, the middle slightly tart and chewy and the finish long with some lingering tannin. This wine is a little bigger than the Estate, and is just starting to come into its own.
N/A The Duke 10 750ml 2-Pack
Wellington's world famous Duke is back for the 10th time for a limited time only. Perhaps the best value in Wine Country, fans of Wellington await the release of this fun blend, The Duke. Wellington changes the components every year, and normally sell out in a matter of weeks. This is a medium bodied red with enough acid and tannin to make it a good match for burgers, pizza, stews, etc. The dominant primary aromas are blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, with notes of licorice, sage, sandalwood and brown spices. No, it doesn’t have a 90 second finish or other attributes that will cause it to be confused for a $50 bottle, and it probably won’t age for five years or more, but it is flavorful, balanced and eminently drinkable.
2007 Zinfandel, Meeks Hilltop Ranch, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack
The concentrated blackberry fruit aromas with hints of raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and black pepper say classic “Zin.” The entry is smooth and full, and the mid-palate has great flavor intensity (Zintensity?). The finish is bright, with great flavor persistence. 2007 was a dream year weather-wise, and this wine shows off all of the inherent quality of the vintage. It drinks beautifully now and should last several more years.
2007 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Blackberry fruit with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and tar. Big, sweet entry, chewy tannins, big mid-palate fruit – like a dark chocolate covered raspberry.