Salmon pink in color. The nose is very nice with watermelon, slight celery note and with air, a bit or rhubarb. Not under ripe though. On the palate, there are some slight cherry notes on the attack. Watermelon on the mid-palate and finishing with some strawberry notes. Not a ton of acidity but some. Works fine with lighter foods but make a great refreshing drink on the patio. There is some complexity here as well. This is an equal blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz and Mourvedre. It is dry. Retails for under $20 making this well priced. Probably should be drunk by 2020.
Pink grapefruit in color. The nose is nice with some strawberries, watery cherry juice, slight rhubarb and herbal notes. On the palate, this is refreshing. While it is open, it did continue to improve for the few hours it was open. Perhaps that is a function of the serving temp or maybe the air. Still, I would tend to drink these up in the first couple of years. Flavors of strawberries and light cherries. Nice mouthfeel. Works well on its own or with food. At around $25 all in, this is fairly priced.
This is made by one of the superstar winemakers of California. This is Helen Keplinger's eponymous label. It is a blend featuring Mourvedre as the primary grape. While this is young and won't reach peak for a decade, it is delicious right now. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, plums, spice, slight earthiness and slight char. On the palate, this has great fruit; dark cherries and plums with strong tannins. Great mouthfeel.
Always a star. This is is still young. This bottle was opened at 9:00 am and served at 11:00 pm. It was served with dessert; a bittersweet chocolate tart and it worked wonderfully. Inky purple in color. The nose has chocolate covered cherries, black raspberries, slight floral qualities and spice. On the palate, this has a lively quality to it. Juicy acidity. Lush. This is a big wine but smooth with no signs of alcohol. Delicious. Ripe but not overtly or sweet. Long finish. Upside for sure and development. No harm in drinking now but will continue to evolve for a while.