Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - Volume XVIII, Issue 39, November 13, 2014

Exceptional

2012 Nalle Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Bernier-Sibary Vineyard ($45): The aroma is initially backward, but with air shows fresh black cherry and spice notes, traces of French oak aging, and accessible fruit that is still in need of another few years in the bottle. A simply terrific wine. Only a few bottles remain at the winery. See Page 4.

2012 Nalle Cabernet/Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, Henderlong Ranch ($55): Black cherry, raspberry, and a load of subtle underlying notes that can’t be seen until after the wine gets two hours of air. Brilliantly structured with great acidity and a faint layer of oak that supports the wine’s long future.

2012 Nalle Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley “Vinum Clarum” ($28): Structured like a 1970’s-era Napa Zin, this wine in a claret style offers nuances of the varietal along with black currants and a faint earthiness. Great in 2-4 more years.

2011 Nalle Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Hopkins Ranch ($48): Delicate citrus notes with a trace of wildflowers and so delicate a hint of oak that my first thought was Grand Cru Chablis. Needs 3-5 more years. (A 2009 we tried was still young and fresh and needed more time!)