- Publish Date: Aug 31, 2010
Drink Only the Best
These were our favorite wines in August.
In most parts of America, August was a hot, sticky month that called for only two types of thirst quenchers: white wine and light beer. We don’t do much of the latter, so the only alternative to drinking white wine was to hide in the air conditioning and hope it got cool enough--before a brownout--to pop open a bottle of red.
That led to some very enjoyable finds. Below is a list of our favorite wines we tasted throughout the final month of summer. But you needn’t skip these until the next spell of hot weather; most of these taste so good, they’re suitable for just about any time of year.
Bridesmaid White 2008, California ($19). As wedding season comes to an end, this wine is a perfect expression of the joy and fun of standing alongside the bride. In this blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion from three California regions, rich flavors of nectarine and ripe white peaches dominate. It's my favorite new wine of the summer. Find it here.
Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Rapel Valley 2000, Chile ($70). This is everything I could hope for in a Cabernet. Absolutely fabulous wine with layers of complexity. It's no wonder that year after year this is one of the top-scoring Chilean wines. Aromas of dark fruit and currant. Beautiful structure and soft tannins. A slight hint of smokiness. This wine is drinking nicely after ten years. Find it here.
Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand ($10). Year after year, this wine has trademark bright citrus aromas and flavors with a long, zingy finish. For your average weeknight, special occasion--I had it at a rehearsal dinner with steamers and lobster--or anything in between, you really can't miss with this crowd-pleaser. Find it here.
Manzanita Creek 2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($25). Aromas of citrus and white flowers are the initial notes, but with time the wine unfolds to offer pear and toasted almond. A rich vanilla-honey scent gives an impression of sweetness. In the mouth, the inherent richness builds over time with classic flavors of Meyer lemon. Find it here.
Wölffer Estate 2008 “Diosa” Late Harvest (Ice Wine) Chardonnay, Long Island ($37). This wine wowed me! A butter/lemon hue, with a beautiful nose of honey, peach and apricot. Light in weight but super rich and lush. Full of ripe fruit, raisins and honey, with good acidity to balance. A delicious wine all around. Brought a smile to my face. Find it here.
Artazuri Garnacha Navarra 2008, Spain ($11). This wine has a bright and sharply focused nose. It offers spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas with a tangy white pepper overtone. On the palate cherry and blackberry flavors dominate. I have to admit, I made a bottle of this and BBQ Kettle Chips my Wednesday night dinner last week. Yum! Find it here.
Tried any of these wines? Tell us what you think about them below.