While Groth may be known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the Chardonnay is also a winner. The '97 is clean and fruity, with a spicy core of pear, vanilla, nutmeg and subtle citrus flavors that are complex and lively. Drink now through 2001. 12,200 cases made.
Finding a good Pinot Noir can be a real labor of love. Here's a California Pinot that will reward a search -- and with plenty made, the search shouldn't be too hard. Smooth, rich and polished, with a complex core of herb-laced black cherry, currant, plum
This red from France's up-and-coming Languedoc region is dense and incredibly concentrated, with layers of complex but well-defined flavors of bacon, ripe plum, dark chocolate and ripe raspberry. Finishes with mineral and coffeelike notes. Rather plush de
Here's an outstanding California Cabernet from the excellent '95 vintage. It greets you with dusty, cedary oak and a tightly wound, complex core of blackberry, black cherry, sage, herb and coffee notes; it's still a bit awkward, but has most of the right
This Zinfandel-based blend from California is always one of Ridge's best wines. The '96 Geyserville is supple and harmonious, with pretty toasty oak flavors leading to a core of spicy wild berry, cherry jam, plum and raspberry. Sharply focused on the long