A quirky name doesn’t stop this Cab from being a serious wine. Robust and rich with loads of dark, ripe fruit on the nose and palate – think blackberries, dark cherry and currant accented by a hint of bitter chocolate. Great structure and firm tannins. Very elegant, long finish. Everything you want in a Napa Cab for of high quality – at a more attainable price point of just under $45. This wine is asking kindly that you enjoy it with a big, juicy steak!
It is snowy and cold and that for us means staying in, getting a fire going and enjoying a glass of red that is perfect for gazing out the window from your warm living room.
2008 Quivera Zinfandel (Dry Creek, CA) – $20
Excellent value for Zin from this area! Biodynamic and Organic – Quivera prides itself on wines that really express the terrior. Big, fruit forward with a little edginess to it. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry and ripe cherry accented by white pepper and spice. YUM!
2008 Boxhead Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $10
We are switching it up in 2011 with the Cab instead of the Boxhead Shiraz. Another great value! Full bodied and fruit forward – big, ripe fruit on the palate with hints of toasty oak and smoke on the nose. This isn’t a wine you have to think too much about. Just pop open and enjoy. A great wine for the value.
2008Descendientes de Jose Palacios Bierzo ‘Petalos’ – $19
Made from 100% Mencia, a grape varietal that grows well in the region of Bierzo, Spain.If you are looking to try out something different, this is the perfect wine. Big and bold with spicy red fruit on the palate with a zestiness that makes this wine clean and focused.
2007 Michel – Schlumberger Maison Rouge – $20
This is a killer red for $20. A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Viognier from one of the highly regarded wineries of the Dry Creek area. Think full bodied, lush, rich fruit and velvety tannins. Pairs well with a wide variety of foods, great just to sit and sip on as well. Also Organic and Biodynamic.
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.