Uncorked: Week of April 1, 2017

Here are a few hand picked selections we uncorked the week of April 1, 2017

2014 Troon Vineyard Blue Label Estate Tannat, Applegate Valley, Oregon

Are you familiar with the Tannat grape? It’s a tannic beauty producing dark red and blue fruit flavors. It’s grown all over the world, from the Basque country in Spain, and the Madiran region of France, to Oregon, and Uruguay, where it’s the nation’s signature grape. This particular example from Oregon really showcases what this grape can produce—a rich and complex wine with layers of blackberries and plums. It’s an elegant, refined beauty. Buy!

Excellent | $35 | 14.4% ABV

2015 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California

Gundlach Bundschu hand-harvested several lots comprised primarily of vines with an average age of 30 years old. Included in this blend are the second oldest Chardonnay vines in California, which were planted in the 70s. Whole cluster pressed, this is an approachable style with light butter and white peach flavors.

Very Good | $32 | 14.2% ABV

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California

Year after year, this winery churns out the best quality-to-price-ratio (QPR) Chenin blanc going. It’s delightfully inviting, zingy and tropical—with melon, peach and pear notes that sit on an ethereal, creamy backbone. It’s Enobytes Best Buy!

Very Good | $15 | 13.0% ABV

NV Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut, Reims, France

You can never go wrong with a Piper-Heidsieck! This cuvee, which happens to be the bubbly poured at this year’s Oscars—12,000 glass to be exact, is sensational—full bodied and juicy, offering pear, grapefruit and zest flavors. It’s wonderfully expressive, making it a perfect sparkler for the Oscars—or any occasion you’re planning.

Excellent | $42 | 12.0% ABV

2014 Square Peg Block 1 Dry Farmed Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

Square Peg dry farms their vines, which force the roots to dig deep for nutrients. Unfined and unfiltered, the Pinot noir is amazingly soft and layered with fruity, earthy blackberries and cherries, finishing with tobacco and spice. It’s a lovely Pinot that would pair wonderfully with salmon dishes.

Excellent | $65 | 14.5% ABV

2016 San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, California

This is a stainless steel fermented Sauvignon blanc that was transferred to neutral French oak barrels, where the lees were stirred for several months to add texture and depth. The wine has grassy aromas with punchy flavors of lemon-lime zest and citrus.  Pair it with delicate white fish with a mango salsa.

Good | $19 | 14.1% ABV

2016 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé, Provence, France

The 2016 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé  is a light and stylish Rosé blend made of Syrah, and Grenache red varietals with Rolle (French for Vermentino) white grapes. On the palate, its fruity with white peaches and lemons. It finishes clean and balanced, with good acidity and freshness. Pair it with mild white fish, grilled or sautéed.

Very Good | $24 | 13.5% ABV


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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