So here’s the challenge us cats put before the owner, Da Gizz… Name us four wines in varying price ranges that really would make for great gift giving… We’re looking for good wines (Sterno doesn’t count) and good explanations for said wine choices… And Da Gizz speaks…
~1-Lost Vineyards Cabernet/Shiraz-This $9.00 beauty from the state of Mendoza, Argentina has above average body with aromatic fruit-forward flavors. Poke through our plentiful 3 fer $20.00 bins, but don’t dally. This is a great addition for a beginning wine cellar/closet. (Ask us how and why to start one.)
`2-As mentioned in a previous post, the William Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is good stuff. It’s on sale and is a massive match to wines twice the price. Needs 2 to 3 hours decanting or 10 more years of aging.
~3-Lets insert a white wine here. 2006 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay. A rich and creamy wine with underlayers of vanilla and toast. Like more expensive French white Burgundies, Sonoma Coast will stand up to dishes like lobsta-budda-bing, suated such-n-such or creamed creped chicon. Priced elsewhere at $40-$50 The HSS retail is $30 or 2 fer $48. One for them and one for you.
~4-The 4th wine will rival the first growths of Bordeaux. The 1997 Single Vineyard Northern Sonoma from Gallo is the finest California Cabernet vintage in 40 years. Surprise surprise. Who da thunk. Some still believe Gallo only makes inexpensive bulk wine, well they still do and they do it the best, but they are also dedicated to making superior wine. In the 80’s when other wineries were painting artsy fartsy lables and spending $$ on fancy tasting rooms, Gallo was spending millions rebuilding the Sonoma Bench. More about that later. The ’97 cab, big, bold and layers and layers of Cabernet qualities will blow you away. Still, afta 13 years, Decanting for 3 to 4 hours is preferable. At $92.00, this wine is a third the price of comparable Bordeaux.
These 4 wines are a great beginning to a case purchase (20% discount by da way), with the holidays approaching cases of wine are a must.
Lets talk about bubblies in an upcoming post! But in the mean time… We’ve got another contest brewing!!!
And with that, Da Gizz has spoken! (Hope he wasn’t too ticked about the hairball in his office chair…)
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* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.