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The Best Of April
The Best Of April
Team Bottlenotes presents fabulous wines of April
Out with the old and in with the new, but before the month is over and Team Bottlenotes starts sipping through May, we would like to share our favorite wines from this past month.
KIM CRAWFORD Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Marlborough, New Zealand) $16
On an unusually hot Sunday in April (80 degrees hot), I knew I needed something to please my thirst. Sitting on a blanket in the park, I uncorked my favorite sauvignon blanc and spent the afternoon soaking in the sun and reading a new book. This sauv blanc has moderate acidity and an abundance of citrus and tropical fruit that is perfect for a sunny day. Find it here.
KENZO ESTATE “Asuka” Cabernet Franc 2009 (Napa Valley, California) $100
Winemaking consultant Heidi Barrett and Kenzo Estate do it again! This is a delicious wine, living up to its $100 price tag. It’s wonderfully restrained compared to a cabernet sauvignon, but velvety and luscious as expected from Napa. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon sipper in good company. Find it here.
J PINOT GRIS 2010 (California) $15
I selected this pinot gris as one of the whites to be poured at my brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner last month. The tropical fruit and vanilla notes make it approachable and easy to drink on its own or with food. A solid value at $15, it would have made a perfect aperitif if I’d remembered to chill it sooner. Find it here.
HEITZ CELLARS “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (St. Helena, California) $200
I absolutely lucked out when I was able to try this wine while sharing a dinner with my family. I’m a big fan of cabernets in general, but this has got to be one of my all time favorites. Not only is it rich with blueberry and plum flavors, but it’s incredibly well balanced. If you ever get the chance to taste this amazing wine, do not pass it up! You can find it here.
BAILLY LAPIERRE CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE Brut Rose NV (Burgundy, France) $19
I shared this light, fresh, easy drinking bubbly with one of my best friends during his visit to San Francisco this past month. We shared it over oysters and charcuterie at Hogs and Rocks after a gorgeous day in the sunshine taking in the hipster essence of Dolores Park. It was bursting with strawberry fruit, and the acid cut through the fat and salinity of our hogs and rocks like a knife through hot butter. I dub it the ultimate Sunday evening wine. It was like drinking a sunset. Find it here.
ROBERT MONDAVI Reserve Chardonnay 2009 (Napa Valley, California) $40
I had the extreme privilege of attending the Berkeley Wine Festival Opus One Winery wine maker dinner and was fortunate to sit next to the man himself, Michael Silacci, Opus One wine maker for the last 10 years. Michael hand selected each wine for this dinner and while all were amazing the 2009 Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay, paired with the Meritage’s Sweet Corn Custard, made me want to go back for more. The food, wine, company and Claremont Hotel made the event one for the memory books. If you have ever thought about attending one of these dinners, I highly recommend it! Find it here.
What was your favorite wine this past month? Tell us about it below.