Today is National Wine Day â€“ though I admit I celebrate this event considerably more than once a year â€“ and it seems like the perfect time to share some of the wines Iâ€™ve been tasting lately.
Like many of us, Iâ€™m a creature of habit, so tasting different wines is a must (get it, a must?) for me, so I donâ€™t become too mired in a rut.
Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, 2013
Retailing at $40, this brightly acidic Carneros Pinot Noir is densely packed with ripe red fruit â€“ strawberries, black cherries and raspberries â€“ and has a pleasant vibrancy. Thereâ€™s oak but not too much.
Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, 2013
Flavors of honey, nuts and pears combine in this satisfying white that has an almost creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Itâ€™s fruity and refreshing and perfect for the patio this weekend. $40.
Antonelli Montefalco Rosso, 2011
Once you fire up the grill, youâ€™ll want to uncork this blend of Sangiovese (70%), Sagrantino and Montepulciano (15% each). Each of the varietals is fermented separately and then blended before aging at least a year in oak, clarifying in cement vats for 6 months and spending another 6 months or more aging in the bottle. The result is a gorgeous ruby red wine that is dry and fruity and perfect for grilled meats and pasta. $21.
Castelbuono Ziggurat Montefalco Rosso, 2011
Get another look at the same blend from this certified organic producer for around the same price ($19). Bright and packed full of red fruit flavors, this â€“ like the Antonelli â€“ is balanced and elegant.
Domaine Bousquet Malbec, 2015
Head to the New World for 100% Malbec grown high above sea level in Argentina. This nearly black wine is spicy and peppery with black fruits like currants, dark cherries and blackberries, and a dash of chocolate. Smooth on the tongue, this will also perfectly complement those steaks or chops on the grill. $12.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
This high-scoring champagne (40% Pinor Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pino…Read more...