James Suckling | Rating: 94This has a briary edge with notes of fresh forest earth, flowers, berries and wood, as well as graphite and spiced fruit bread. The palate has a beautifully composed and fresh array of fine, even tannins and a sense of sleek polish and composure with dark-cherry and berry flavors holding long. So plush and polished. Drink or hold.Author: James SucklingIssue: 12/12/2019
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.