While sometimes we are looking for our great every day values, other times we may be looking for that wine that offers just a little bit “more”. Here are some of our favs!
Abbot’s Table 2008
Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: ok are you ready for this? 24% Zinfandel, 22% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Blaufrankish, 4% Malbec
This blend is from one of my favorite wine production areas – Columbia Valley, Washington. Think super dark and rich, but not in an over ripe, jammy way. Layers of flavors like blackberry and plum and cherry and dark chocolate – this is a seriously delicious wine with structure. LOVE this!
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Big and lush, lots of fruit, very rich. But soft on the palate. Elegant and not overwhelming. Balanced. This is a top quality Cab and worth the ticket price if you are looking for something with true star quality.
Selene Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
This was one of the first Sauvignon Blanc wines that I have tried where I could distinctly see the difference in quality and taste. Round on the palate. Lush. Rich, if that is even a way to describe a whitw wine of this nature. You get the bright tropical flavors and lemon – citrus flavors you would expect from a Sauvignon Blanc but more of a round, creamy finish, more typical of a Chardonnay. This is a serious white wine. Seriously, very enjoyable.
Lemelson “Thea’s Selection” Pinot Noir 2007
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
I bought this wine for the shop after tasting it at a trade show a few months back and was so intrigued by it. It really stuck with me ( which can be hard when you are tasting so many different wines) and I knew we had to have it on the shelves. It is so soft, sophisticated – layered with smoky flavors, coffee, tea, spice, etc…. SMOOTH on the palate. Very very elegant and super delicious. This wine will make you a fan of the Willamette valley if you are not one already.
La Massa Toscana 2007
Varietal: Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot
This is probably my favorite red wine we carry. Classicly balanced – bright red fruit, spice, old world style, earthiness and elegance intertwined. It is bright yet still complex. It transports me – in the Tuscan countryside eating pasta topped with rich red sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano and crusty Italian bread soaked in olive oil – and considering that I am on a low carb kick right now I am angry that I even had to type those words. But I want you to envision how one would find the most enjoyment from this killer wine:)
Scherrer Chardonnay 2008
Sonoma County, California
I tasted this along with some other higher end Chardonnay and was instantly drawn to the Scherrer over others that had some more press / higher ratings. It was so unique – I awaited the day I was having a night to myself at home to pop open a bottle and truly enjoy the experience. The contrast between the pear and lemon/lime flavors and the creme brule, toasty vanilla flavors was undeniable. This is my top Chardonnay recommendation to Chardonnay lovers who are looking for something balanced yet that has a lot of power behind it. You won’t be forgetting this one.