(KCBS) – KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David reviews two California wines from Valley of the Moon and Clos LaChance wineries.

2008 Valley of the Moon
Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep, rich crimson color of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma. About half from Sonoma Valley and the rest divided between Alexander Valley and Dry Creek valley. Lush ripe aromas of cassis overlaid with a bit of toast and herbal notes continue right onto the palate. Tannins are soft and perfectly balanced, making this an easy wine to drink already, but one that will develop very nice complexity with a few years of aging. Very fairly priced $18.00.

Valley of the Moon Winery
777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Clos LaChance
2008 Estate Syrah

Rich, deep purple color. A concentrated richness of aromas, smoky and earthy… carry on directly onto the palate. A rich, mouth filling wine. Lots of fruit, plenty of tannin for a firm backbone. This wine really wants to rest in the bottle for a year or two to develop its full complexity. If you can’t wait, serve it with barbecue, or rich assertive pizza and pasta. Here’s a delicious, easy to drink wine. Nice price $28.00.

Clos LaChance Wines
1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, CA 95046

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades.

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