Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wine(s) of the Week - Domestic for the 4th of July

It's a great (long) weekend for celebrating and we are highlighting a group of California wines that will be perfect for your 4th of July festivities! Leading off is a textured Edna Valley Chardonnay from Last Light Wine Company. The wine is right gold, with concentrated aromas of fresh pineapple, orange blossoms, lychee and brown spice. On the palate notes of stone fruit and orange meringue are rich and creamy in texture followed by warm spring honey.

Next are a pair of Pinot Noirs. The first is the Santa Barbara Rancho La Viña Vineyard from Potek, of which Antonio Galloni, writing for Vinous, says: "Sweet perfumed and medium in body, the Rancho La Viña is super-refined, a polished wine endowed with terrific palate presence and textural resonance. Red and purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice, plum and raspberry build into the vibrant finish." Further north, Drew Family Wines' Pinot Noir "Fog Eater" beautifully portrays the cool-climate Anderson Valley AVA. Galloni says of the 2017 vintage: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Fog Eater is gorgeous and also one of the finest wines I have tasted from Jason Drew. Bright, floral and beautifully lifted, it is all class. Freshly cut roses, raspberry and mint give the 2017 its distinctive, high-toned personality."

And finally, the Clesi Paso Robles Aglianco is a great go-to for the grill. This wine is deep red in color. The aromatics are floral and bright in contrast to the riper red wines of Paso. This is followed on the palate by firm and robust, dry tannins, black fruits, and minerality.

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