Oberon is part of the Michael Mondavi family of wines. This wine was quite good and very interesting. It is of course, mostly Merlot (sourced in Oakville) but there is an undisclosed amount of Zinfandel and Syrah in the wine which seems to give it a bit more structure and likely a bit of acidity as well. The people at Oberon feel it adds more lushness. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, spice and chocolate. Full bodied. Light to medium tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Flavors of black cherries, milk
Oberon is a project by the Michael Mondavi family making quality wines from California. The winemaker is long time industry veteran Tony Coltrin. This is a reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc that tries to forge its own identity from a grape that can be very distinctive depending on where it was grown and made. It is light green in color with a bit of silvery/gold hues. Clear and bright. The nose has a nice minerality, slight tropical fruit and even slighter grassiness. Slightly oily texture. Good balance. On the palate, the minerality dominates.
The Small Lot expressions of Cuvaison (wine typically under 200 cases and a focused identity) have become some of the most exciting and anticipated wines coming out of California. This latest Chardonnay expresses both traditional and non-traditional Chardonnay notes. Typical would be citrus, lemon lime, white peach and guava. Untypical shows kumquat, amber resin, a slight sour green apple and an even slighter butter rum hard candy.
What begins as a soft and velvety Pinot Noir, light and delicate, turns to a beautifully structured wine that offers excellent fruit, acidity, light tannins and layers of flavor. Typical of many Pinots, this begins with noticeable strawberry, red raspberry and black cherry notes, but then delves into more complex, green tea leaf, cedar plank, wild grass, light earthiness, cola, rhubarb and a hint of resin. At first blush this seems like a lovely Pinot Noir to have with dinner, but upon spending time with it, you realize the various facets.
Purchased at Foxcroft Wine Bar in Charlotte, NC. This is 100% Garnacha (Grenache) from old wines in the mountains just west of Madrid. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, pomegranate, spice and wild herbs. Full bodied. On the palate, black cherries, some cherries and spice. There is some depth. Long finish. Tasty. This is young but drinking nicely. Good on its own or with food. It would work well with Baked Ham.
This is a dry table wine from the island of Madeira. It is a blend of 91% Verdelho, and 9% Arnsburger. A nice, easy white. Some citrus, some sea air/saline and some minerality. Nice on its own, this will work with sea food. Not a crisp wine but a nice wine for a party. drink now.
Served at a wine store tasting. This is nice but getting a bit long in the tooth at this point. This is a nice white wine that has a bit of lemon/orange citrus and some minerality. Refreshing. Easy to drink. Try to look for younger vintages.
Tasted at a wine bar in Charlotte, North Carolina. $33 off the menu. Great wine and worth twice the price. Deep garnet in color. The nose has cherries, slight dried cherry, and spices. Great texture. Great acidity. Delicious. It will be better with food. A rich pasta dish would be great. Drink over the next five to eight years.
This is a field blend of Negrette, Zinfandel, Mondeuse, Petite Sirah and Carignane. An interesting red. Lots of cherries with some milk chocolate and a bit of cedar. Still some tannins showing although mostly integrated. Tasty wine that drinks well on its own and will work with with roasted chicken or Turkey. A nice choice for Thanksgiving. Drink over the next five years.
One of my favorite chardonnays. Golden in color. There is some oak on the wine but it is well done and mostly integrated on release. After a couple of years in the cellar, it drinks amazingly. The oak presents itself as a vanilla note which works well with the lemon cream and slight citrus of the Chardonnay. Almost seamless texture. Long finish. Delicious on its own and a great match with swordfish or salmon.