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|Wine Buy of the Week (Transitional
This is the season for medium-bodied reds like Cotes-du-Rhone and other grenache wines, as well as Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sangiovese
Château de Campuget 2015 Costières de Nimes Rhône Valley $12-14**+ Smooth and round this well-balanced quaff is firm but juicy, and an excellent choice for easing into fall with grilled meats.
Chinon Les Terrasses 2015, Lambert Loire Valley $17-18**+ Juicy red fruits (cherry, red currant) in this cabernet franc make it a perfect transitional red, actually quite nice on its own.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley***
$17-20, and well worth it--one of the tastiest Sauvignons I've had recently, due perhaps to 13.5% musqué in the blend which lends spicy accents to the zest of tangerine and the creaminess of lemon curd. Very well-balanced, youthful and fresh, an excellent choice for seafood and shellfish (also beet and goat cheese salad). wbow
Rodney Strong 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 'Charlotte's Home' $14-16*** Best version of this wine to date--dry, but intense tangy flavors, spicy citrus and excellent balance. Great choice for summer seafood, goat cheese-and-beet salad, shrimp or other seafood pastas. Elicio Vermentino 2017 Rhône Valley $15**+ Vermentino, happy to report, is much more widely planted today--its bright, crisp fruit and tangy mineral accents make it an excellent summer white, a very good match for seafood and shellfish. This "Méditerranée" wine from the southern Rhône is dry and most appealing, as well as excellent value.
Jordan 2015 Chardonnay Russian River $32*** Excellent! But don't be in a rush to drink this beautifully structured, deftly oaked Chardonnay—it will be even better in two or three years (2020-21), though its finesse is most enjoyable now. Recently I had the 2012, which was absolutely lovely!
Angelini 2017 Pinot Grigio Veneto $10-12**+ While some consider them the cliché of white wines Grigios are hard to beat in affordable dry whites for summer's seafood and casual sipping--get 'em while they're young and fresh and at their best, as in this 2017 from Angelini: clean, crisp, with tangy bright fruit and a nice touch of minerality. And a bargain!
always have one on ice, just in case. And a great way to
launch a fine dinner:
Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2015 North Coast $35-40*** Schramsberg is making its best wines ever--this Brut Rosé, a lovely rosy hue, is just about perfect--I like it with smoked salmon and creamy goat cheese. Dry, hints of berries, long finish.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Carneros $18-24**+ Bright and charming, with a long creamy finish that is very appealing. Excellent with smoked salmon.
Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé Carneros **+ $20-29 This sparkler--the flaming color of sunset--is lively and crisp with bright berryish accents. Made from pinot noir, a grape that excels in the cool Carneros region of Sonoma County. A charmer.
Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs NV, California, $18-22**+ Tiny bubbles, bright, clean fruit, dry and quite delicious. Keep this sparkler on hand as a great aperitif, year-round. I've tasted this wine several times with great pleasure. An excellent value, too.
Mumm Brut Prestige Napa Valley $19**+ It's dry but the bright hints of peach and vibrant citrus whet the appetite with effervescent appeal. Also excellent value.