Posts Tagged Lake County

2008 Diamond Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Lake County

You don’t see a lot of varietal Cabernet Franc bottlings — probably because it is more profitable to plant Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the same areas. Translucent ruby color. This one is on the lighter side, offering up aromas of menthol... Read more

2008 Diamond Ridge Vineyards ‘Aspects,’ Lake County

A Bordeaux-style blend with a splash of Petite Sirah added. Translucent bright ruby in hue. High-toned mint-menthol, tobacco and spice play off of pretty red berry and cherry liqueur aromas. The fruit holds its own on the palate, where soft, earthy... Read more

2010 Diamond Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah, Lake County

Glass-staining opaque black/purple in hue. Despite the brooding color, the nose is boisterous and bright, with black pepper tinged blackberry and raspberry fruit, along with dried spice notes. The medium-grained, earthy tannins blanket the palate... Read more

2010 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino and Lake Counties

A deep hue of opaque black/purple. Aromas of sweet, fleshy black cherry, currant and cranberry are accented by whiffs of mint, dill, black pepper and shadings of toasty, vanillin oak. These impressions follow through on the palate, picking up silty,... Read more

2010 Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc, Lake and Mendocino Counties

Clear light straw color. A pungent varietal nose of herbs, gooseberry, kiwi fruit and citrus leads to flavors of melon, hay and lime. Medium-bodied, with bright acidity balanced by a hint of sweetness, this is a refreshing wine equally enjoyable on... Read more

2008 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel, Red Hills, Lake County

This is no lightweight, measuring in at 15.3% alcohol. Deep purple color. The nose is full of ripe, briary blackberries and cream, with a light note of black pepper, smoke and grilled meat. The fat blackberry bursts across the palate, leading to a... Read more