Wine of the Week
The 2006 Santa Barbara Pinot Gris has aromas of fresh lemon and pineapple, with a light floral note.
The palate is clean and refreshing with flavors of grapefruit and a touch of spice. About 10% of the blend is barrel fermented in used French oak barrels just to fill out the mid-palate; the rest of the blend sees only stainless steel. This wine will run you about $15.
For anyone searching beyond overly-oaked Chardonnays, this one will surely delight and satisfy!
This wine comes from vines dating to Bouchaine's original plantings in 1981, growing on their windswept Napa Valley Carneros hillsides. It's a true expression of Chardonnay-bright, citrusy flavors graced with only the merest hint of oak. Its fruit flavors, bright acidity, notable texture (a hallmark characteristic of Carneros Chardonnay), and relentless finish harmonize in an elegant, stylish wine. Straw gold in color, it dances in the glass like sunlight.
This is a great Pinot Noir that will compliment whatever you are doing for Valentine's Day- dinner, cookout or cocktails at your house.
The Russian River Valley is a premier cool weather region and one of a few places in California that can grow world-class Pinot Noir. This cool terroir combined with ideal soil make for exceptional Pinot Noir grapes with distinctive cherry and aromatic flavors.
Tantalizing aromas of dried cherries, figs and sage combined with vanilla notes give this wine a opulent and full-bodied mouth feel followed by a long, lingering finish. This is a great deal at around $20.
One of my absolute favorites.
An elegantly fresh and delicate Champagne blended from a high proportion of Chardonnay grapes to yield a refined flavor palette of pear and stone fruits offset by warm, yeasty notes and hints of breadcrust.