Some of the most straightforward wines are coming out of a pretty new producer on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg. West Wines stands out in a corridor of Syrah and Zinfandel producers with their elegant European styled Bordeaux varietals.
A stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc begins their flight with straightforward crisp citrus flavors yet mellow grapefruit characteristics that can overwhelm this varietal. But their Cabernet Sauvignon is what stole the show. It is fermented 2 years in French oak barrels and bottle aged for another 3 years. The first thing you notice is its elegant plum characteristics blended with that soft supple eucalyptus fragrance. It finishes long after you’ve left the building with lots of pepper and a wonderful balance of fruit and body.
They are coming out with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, which should be really interesting. Keep your eyes on this female winemaker doing things a little differently with a flair for European heritage.