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Reds worth cellaring...Cabs, Pinots, Other
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I focused on Sangiacomo Vineyards, which produces some of
the most prized chardonnay and pinot noir in California. I
just had the chance to taste a noble rendition in Chappellet's
2017 Grower Collection Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard,
a beautiful wine, elegantly balanced, with delectable traces
of pear, lychee, butterscotch and citrus in appealing
harmony--perfect with Dungeness Crab if you happen to be on
the west coast and can snare a bottle ($45 at Chappellet --
worth a visit to this grand structure atop Pritchard Hill in
Napa Valley. Likely to provide a more exalted experience
with 3 to 5 years aging, as only fine Chardonnays and
Wine Buy(s) of the Week
La Crema 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $35*** $32.99 at Total Wine right now—and an excellent buy. La Crema makes several Pinot Noirs from various regions in California, but this is the best. Had the 2005 with friends the other night—the aromas were expansive, the berry-ish fruit still generous. The 2015 is juicy enough to enjoy now, but 3 to 5 more years in bottle can only enhance it further (so buy at least 2 bottles so you can hold on to one).
Creek Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2016 $15-18**+ Dry
Creek's most widely available Zin--meaty with spicy
berry flavors, well-balanced; an excellent buy.
|Reds To Drink Now
Cahors Clos La Courtale 2016 France $16**+ This is the original Malbec, produced in the Cahors region of southwest France for hundreds of years. Dark and rich, with black cherry flavors, full-bodied, well-balanced. Tasty now because of forward fruit but structure will take it a good 5 to 7 years. A wine for roast meats, spring lamb stew, savory cheeses.
Saumur 2016 Les Pouches Loire Valley $12.99*+ 100 percent cabernet franc from the Loire Valley--good value for an everyday red: meaty but not heavy, black fruit accents; a slosh in a carafe will aerate and open up its aroma and flavor.
Louis Martini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma $13-14**+ Consistently solid Cab with fruit upfront and just enough tannin to give it a pleasing grip--appealing blackberry flavors with a hint of spice; balanced and versatile with burgers to grilled dark chicken, lamb chops, beef short ribs.
Regis Bouvier 2017 Bourgogne Rouge Burgundy $24**+ An excellent buy in young red Burgundy--spicy Pinot Noir aromas, solid cherry-berry fruit. Good choice for pork loin, chops or roast ham.
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Rouge 2017 Languedoc $14-15**+ Excellent value from the Languedoc region of southern France, from an excellent producer. Generous black fruit flavors, round and smooth, this versatile quaff is a great casual red for the coming season, so stock up!