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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
Creek Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2017 $18-24**+ Dry
Creek's most widely available Zin--meaty with spicy
berry flavors, well-balanced, a few rustic accents; good
value. (Note: the 2016 is drinking especially well!)
|Reds To Drink Now
Chapoutier 2017 Belleruche Red Rhône Valley $17-18**+ Berry-ripe, with a smack of tannic structure, but smooth and very drinkable now. Perfect for grilled chicken or sausages, smoked meat salads, sausage-and-mushroom pizza.
Cahors Clos La Courtale 2016 France $16**+ Here 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!