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Wine: New Year, New Shopping List

| February 1, 2018

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Great values in all price ranges

Here are some great values in their respective price ranges to search out and purchase in 2018!

Rosé and Sparkling Wines

  • Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava (Spain) non-vintage — Surprisingly delightful! $9
  • Bervini 1955 Vino Spumanti Rosé Extra Dry non-vintage (Italy) — Perfect with honey goat cheese. $16
  • William Chris Malbec Rosé Hye Estate Vineyard (Texas) 2016 — Takes “dry” rosé to a new level. $18
  • Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé Livermore Valley 2016 — Primarily Estate Grenache. Distinctive. $28
  • Sterling Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine 2016 — First-ever sparkling wine for Sterling, this silver-clad beauty is elegant with creamy texture. $28

   White Wines

  • Tom Gore Sauvignon Blanc Cali­fornia 2016 — “…flavors of tangerine and lime with a touch of minerality.” Try with goat cheese and beet salad. Or just by
    itself! $13
  • Terres Gauda Rias Baixas O Rosalo (Spain) 2016 — Primarily Albariño. Shrimp salad anyone? $15
  • Imagery Chardonnay California 2016 — A winner with 5 percent Chenin Blanc in the blend. $18
  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2016 — I sometimes think this
    wine is very good, but over-priced. Not this one! $22
  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2016 — “…vibrant and vivacious in its youth,” but has the ability to age
    beautifully, unlike many versions of this varietal. Buy one for now, and one for
    2021. $38
  • Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay Rued Vineyard 2014 — Luscious. Only 500 cases. $42
  • Wayfarer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Wayfarer Vineyard 2015 — About as great as Chardonnay gets. Cleo Pahlmeyer’s claim to fame. Rich and elegant. Try with red snapper topped with crabmeat. $80

Red Wines

  • Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo Toscana IGT 2014 — Sangiovese and Cabernet. Yum! $14
  • Paul Mas Cabernet Merlot Vignes de Nicole Pays D’ Oc 2015 — A surprise from the Herault Valley in Southern France. $15
  • J. Lohr Merlot Paso Robles Los Osos Vineyard 2015 — Excellent! $15
  • Bonterra Merlot Mendocino County 2015 — Organic vineyards. Black cherries and plums. $16
  • J. Lohr Pinot Noir Monterey County Falcon’s Perch 2016 — “…notes of strawberry jam and sage with a bouquet of spicy vanilla oak.” $17
  • Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2014 — Hard to beat at $18.
  • Domaine de Rossiers Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais) 2015 — Roasted quail wrapped in bacon? $19
  • Mercer Sharp Sisters Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills (Washington) 2015 — Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Grenache and Carignane. “…cherries, berries and spice.” $20
  • Murrieta’s Well The Spur Red Blend Livermore Valley 2014 — Bordeaux blend with Petite Sirah. Certified sustainable. The top-end line for Wente. $23
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2015 — The winery that put Paso Robles on the map. $25
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley (Washington) 2014 — Roasted duck with cherry sauce? $35
  • Tommasi Amarone della Valpol-icella Classico 2013 — Perfect with Antone’s Po’ Boys and cambozola and Triscuits. Unusually rich and satisfying. $43
  • Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 — Get one for 2019, and another for 2021! $54
  • Robert Mondavi Maestro Napa Valley 2014 — Bordeaux blend. A $75 to $100 wine with a $55 price!
  • Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2014 — The 2014 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vineyard won No. 1 in the world in the Wine Spectator Top 100! This one is top echelon at about half the price. $54
  • Mt. Brave Merlot Mount Veeder 2014 — Another fabulous Merlot, worthy of its price. $75
  • Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 — The little brother to the $190 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon. Best one I’ve tasted. Lovely! $75
  • Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 — Made by the Far Niente partners. Expansive and expressive with black cherries and plums. A tour de force. $85
  • Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley C. C. Ranch 2015 — Brooding with enticing layers of flavors. Tannins are resolved, but present for an excellent future in a cellar. One now, another in 2024? $115
  • Stewart Nomad Napa Valley 2014—The top wine from Stewart Cellars, from the iconic Beckstoffer Vineyard, with Paul Hobbs as consultant. Limited quantity. Almost a perfect wine. $175

DENMAN MOODY USE DSC_0007Denman Moody was the Editor and Publisher of Moody’s Wine Review for six years and Con­tributing Editor on Rare Wine for International Wine Review in New York for six years. He has published or had published over 400 articles on wine, including The International Wine and Food Society Journal in London, Revue du Vin de France in Paris and The Robb Report in Malibu. He is or has been a member of The Inter­national Wine and Food Society, Confrerie Saint-Etienne d’Alsace, The German Wine Society, Commanderie de Bordeaux, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Amis d’Escoffier and The Knights of the Vine.


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