Wine Reviews

2016 JB Winemaker Series Petit Manseng

"The 2016 JB Winemaker Series Petit Manseng is unoaked. It comes in with 14.2% alcohol and 5.3 grams per liter of residual sugar, a hair over the typical "fully dry" line in most places, but not by enough to seem very sweet. This is the debut offering in this brand and it is a terrific debut. This opens elegantly, despite statistics that would suggest an even bigger feel to the wine. It seems to be in balance, with a very fresh feel. The fruit dances lightly over the palate at first, emphasizing finesse and flavor. As it warms, it shows a bit more power, its underlying weight and intensity—so beware that this is no wimp. The calling card, however, will certainly be the clean, fresh, peach-to-apricot flavors lingering on the finish. Beautifully wrought, this combines elegance and persistence. It will be interesting to see how this ages. It should hold reasonably well, but it is fair to note that it is pretty spectacular in its youth. Yes, that's a hint. For the moment, let's lean up a bit on this. When the sugar and fruit fade, we'll see how it handles itself. There were 200 cases produced."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - April 2017


2015 Malbec

"Rich kirsch, red cherry and lavender aromas are intense on the nose. The palate offers similar notes, with a juicy cranberry flavor that brightens up the astringent tannins. The finish is alive in lingering berry flavors."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - April 2017


2015 Viognier

"The 2015 Viognier is unoaked and comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Nicely done, this has good mid-palate concentration for most typical versions of this grape, while retaining its finesse. Rounded off, it has moderate aromatics and controlled flavors, walking down the middle of the road. This drinks very well today. Just drink it on the young side, as young as possible for best results. There were 100 cases produced."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - February 2017


2013 Chardonnay (Black Label)

"The 2013 Chardonnay Stainless Steel (Black Label Club) is, of course, unoaked. It comes in at 13.1% alcohol. Showing good concentration in the mid-palate, a fresh feel and a crisp edge, this has plenty to recommend it. If there is a quibble, there's a certain metallic nuance on the finish. That said, the finish is also wonderfully juicy and very tasty, the fruit lifted by the acidity and slammed home. I do wonder how long this will hold well, but right now it is pretty impressive. Let's take that aging thing in stages. Or, drink it now. There were 100 cases produced."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - February 2017


NV "Collection I"

"The NV Collection I "Lot 7" is a blend of 35% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in a 75/25 mixture of American and French oak (25% new, the rest neutral). Showing average concentration, a touch of char, smoke and roasted vegetables, this is fairly tight right now. There is not a lot of mid-palate concentration, but there is quite a bit of power. It needs some time to unwind and settle down a bit. The structure is more interesting than the flavor profile, but it may yet round into form. I did rather warm up to this as it aired out. There were 150 cases produced."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - April 2016


2012 Petit Verdot (Black Label)

"An amalgam of pastry crust, mint, and mixed wild-berry aromas lead on the nose. Medium to full in body, this sports firm, brittle tannins and lax acids. It finishes with traces of vanilla and dried herbs."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - July 2014


NV "CMC Reserve" (Black Label)

"Juicy, youthful raspberry and cherry aromas come with tobacco and dried grass details. This wine has a broad, malleable texture and a floral flavor that make it quite quaffable."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 2013


2010 Cabernet Franc

"While a tad pulpy and overripe on the nose, there's a purity to the dark red fruit on the palate of this Virginia Cab Franc that penetrates amidst notes of fresh green leaves and herbs. Full bodied in style with just a hint of green bramble on the finish."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 2011


2009 "Collection I"

"Sweet red cherry fruit melds with whiffs of graham cracker crumb and leather on this ripe, full bodied red from Bogati. There's a thin vein of green that trails throughout, but the palate is nicely structured with a dose of warm pepper notes and mouthcoating tannins on the finish."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 2011