As promised, below you’ll find a list of wines that Scott and I tasted with John Guilliams not too long ago. If you had the chance to read my earlier posts on Spring Mountain and Guilliams Vineyards, then you already know just how these wines are made and the specific terroir from which they derive.
2005 Guilliams Spring Mountain Merlot
2006 Guilliams Spring Mountain Cabernet Franc
2005 Guilliams Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Guilliams Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve”
1992 Guilliams Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
I will spare you (and myself) the cherry, berry tasting notes and instead mention that the common thread that I found in these wines was that they possessed a quietude or sense of calm to them…kind of like someone who is so comfortable “in their own skin” and with who they are that they can just be.
These wines don’t need to impress you with excessive amounts of ripe fruit, alcohol, glycerin or oak. Instead, they just seamlessly slip into where they are needed most (i.e. with your next filet mignon, pot roast or grilled game bird) and discreetly take the occasion to a higher level. More like a great conversationalist than a braggadocio, the Guilliams wines greatly impressed me with their elegance and Zen-like calm.
Next up: Smith Madrone and Curlie!