When we think of wine varietals associated with Sonoma County, the main five are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Also, Sonoma County is gaining a lautable reputation for sparkling wines where a number of houses are gaining international consideration. This Saturday we will touch bases with all the main varietal players, and some fine examples they are indeed.
J Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley
List price 35.00; Our price 29.99
This sparkling blend of 69% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Meunier is delightfully fresh and fruity, exuding delicate aromas of strawberry, nectarine and juicy red apples. On the palate, the wine opens with flavors of cherry, blood orange and citrus peel underlined by a bright acidity. The elegance of this wine has garnered 90-points and above ratings from Connoisseurs’ Guide, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast.
2016 Capture Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99
After stainless steel fermentation, the wine was given ten months of sur lie aging. The result is an expression of bright citrus such as lime peel, white stone fruit, and green apple fragrances. With its mineral texture and brilliant acidity, the wine proceeds to a long and fresh finish. Vinous gives it 90 points: “intensely floral and aromatic, with tons of varietal character…citrus peel, lime, sage & white flowers give it a decidedly exotic feel”.
2016 Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99The Chalk Hill wines are all Estate grown, bottled and produced on the 1277 acre Chalk Hill Estate with 280 acres grown to vines. This Chardonnay exhibits aromas of limes, orange blossoms, peaches and toasted almonds with a bit of spice from the barrels. Flavors of red apples, pears and cream accompany the wine to its long, elegant finish.
2016 Balletto Pinot Noir, Estate, Russian River Valley
List price 25.00; Our price 22.50
This wine is weighty with a luscious mid-palate, but also surrounded by notable tannins and acidity that keep it focused, balanced and taut. It has plenty of dark fruit, but it’s also layered with savory earth and spices that offset it. The overall impact is complex, impressive and delicious; a lovely wine! The 2015 won a gold medal.
2014 Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Ranch, Alexander Valley
List price 37.00; Our price 29.99
This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec and 6% Merlot shows aromas of black cherry, toasted vanilla bean, anis and coconut. In the mouth it is full of soft extract with cocoa, cola, blackberry and blueberry flavors. The Tasting Panel awards it a 93-point rating: “Lush and lively with currant and cherry overlays in deep mocha territory. This is truly an ode to Alexander Valley's ability to showcase round tannins (although they are also cocoa-dusted with this wine). Plum and blackberry brood while coffee notes brew.”
2015 Wilson Zinfandel, Sonoma County
List price 23.50; Our price 19.99
Bright aromatics of black raspberry and blackberry fuse with spicy pepper. The smooth entry leads to the silky texture accented by black pepper and spice box. Fresh blackberry and hints of huckleberry merge with a spicy essence as the playful flavors satiate the palate and linger. This balanced Zin offers those classic Dry Creek Valley qualities that put this region on every wine lover’s map.
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