“Fruit, Tannings Do Their Dance in 4 Picks: California and Argentina are represented by this week’s charmers”
“Two Napa wines, a Bordeaux-style blend and a zinfandel, plus a Paso Robles entry and an Argentine outlier, make up our quartet of picks this week.
Beaulieu Vineyards, of course, is one of Napa's historic properties, and the Tapestry, touted here, has been a consistent winner of late, even eclipsing the BV flagship Georges de La Tour in our recent tastings.
Frank Family Vineyards is making its own history after taking over the space once belonging to valley pioneer Larkmead. J. Lohr has become a reference standard in central California. Argento is a value leader from Mendoza's lofty heights in the Andean foothills.
Unless otherwise stated, the prices listed are what Spec's charges for a cash purchase and bottles were available at the chain's Midtown store at press time or by special order. But that doesn't mean you won't find the wines elsewhere or by ordering directly from the winery.”
2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon – Overall score: 17.9 out of 20 Points (8.9 for quality, 9 for value)
“Our tasters: Gave it a unanimous recommendation with a high score of 9.2. ‘Soft tannins. Good complexity. I tasted ripe plums, herbs and pepper.’
My score: 8.8. The vintage had to deal with unusually cool and wet weather in Paso Robles, but by adjusting the irrigation accordingly, the vines delivered well-ripened fruit in the end. The juice, which includes a tiny bit of syrah, spent 18 months in oak (60 percent new), then another eight months in the bottle before release. Alcohol: 14.6 percent.”