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The Team Has Chosen

Jul 31, 2012
The Team Has Chosen
A month of exploration

summerwineThis has been a terrific month of tasting, exploring, and celebrating. Our interns went on a trip to Napa Valley, a handful of Bottlenotes members explored the Anderson Valley, and we all toasted Independence Day with bubbles and tasted wine ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream month! Read below to see each team member’s favorite bottle of vino this month. 

RUSACK Pinot Noir 2009 (Santa Maria Valley, CA) $28
ajr-new-headshot_100x100.From one of Santa Barbara County’s up-and-coming appellations, this pinot is smooth and elegant with a lengthy finish. The wine offers terrific fruit flavors of wild strawberry, cranberry sauce, rhubarb and red cherry. (You can even read a great Daily Sip article on the winery here.) Find it here.

CLAUDIA SPRINGS “Lolonis Vineyard” Viognier 2010 (Redwood Valley, CA) $24.
afp.I sipped a glass of this beautiful viognier with Bob Klindt, founder of Claudia Springs, and a few members of the Bottlenotes team. It has peach, pear, and honeysuckle aromas. It is clean and crisp with apricot, white peach, and lemon flavors and a floral finish. It’s so delectable I purchased two bottles to share with my family in Chicago in late August (I’m already planning the menu!). Find it here.

SKYLARK “Stagecoach Vineyard” Syrah 2009 (Napa Valley, CA) $49.
aa-headshot_100x100.This wine comes with some serious pedigree. The grapes are sourced from the famous Stagecoach Vineyard, and the wine is made by the sommelier team of Robert Perkins and John Lancaster, who run the show at San Francisco gem Boulevard. The syrah is nicely balanced and full of dark berry fruit. It drinks well on its own and would pair nicely with a summer barbecue. Find it here.

Anthony O.
SPRING MOUNTAIN Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, CA) $75.
profilepicThis is the perfect wine to share with friends on a cool mid-summer evening. The fruity aroma accompanied by subtle hints of oak and vanilla is a tantalizing indicator of the bold flavor (blackberries and spices laced with slight herbal notes) that is to come. In addition to its fruit-forward taste, this cabernet boasts a good structure and a strong finish that will linger on the palate long after your glass is empty. Find it here.

Anthony S.
SPRING MOUNTAIN Syrah 2009 (Napa, CA) $55.
anthony_01.I’m usually not a huge syrah fan, but this one certainly got my attention. I tasted it when I was fortunate enough to tour the beautiful Spring Mountain Estate. I had to stop in my tracks and ask again what this great wine was. I’ve never had a syrah that seemed so perfect. It started off with a sensational berry taste and velvety feeling. The finish was long, rich, and had me thinking about the next sip. This is a great stand alone wine for any occasion. Don’t miss this! Find it here.

TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE “Etna Rosato” 2011 (Sicily, Italy) $17.
leta-photo_100x100.I’ll be the first to tell you that this wine is so drinkable, two bottles will be gone before you’ve decided what’s for dinner. I’ll also be the first to admit that this is exactly what happened to me earlier this month at New York City’s wine bar Casellula. To start, put this amazing cheese-focused spot on your New York shortlist. Then, go out and buy as many bottles of this rosé as you possibly can. A beautiful wine, it’s nearly orange in color and bursting with freshness and flavor. If summer could be contained in a bottle, this would be it. It’s the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day and will complement anything you are eating. Find it here. Cheers!

CONUNDRUM White Blend 2010 (Rutherford, CA) $22.
screen_shot_2012-06-26_at_5.27.48_pmI had the pleasure of spending a week with my family at Lake Tahoe this summer, and my parents shared with me this delicious white (a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, muscat, semillon and viognier). Thanks Mary and Bill! I had a hunch it would be delicious ( my mother, who has a very discerning palate, claimed it was one of the best wines she has ever tasted). I must agree it is fabulous and perfect for summer. With its bounty of fruit flavors including peach, pear, and honeydew melon, and its soft finish, it has become a regular in my family’s wine fridge. Give it a try. Find it here.

ST. SUPÉRY; Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Napa Valley, CA) $20
rk_headshotI tasted this wine at an exhibit opening of Grace Munakata’s paintings in the gallery of St. Supéry Winery. On a warm summer day, this Sauvignon Blanc was surprisingly refreshing with pleasant aromas of peaches and grapefruit on the nose and a palette rich with flavors of tart bing cherries, sweet apricots, and a light lime zestiness. Light, colorful, and complex, this wine was the perfect pairing with the whimsical childhood motifs of Munakata’s Habitation series. Find it here.

Sam K.
SPRING MOUNTAIN Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley, CA) $54.
sam_k_headshotWe interns were lucky enough to have a tour and tasting of Spring Mountain winery, and sampled some fine wines right where they were made. With earthy aromas as well as cherry and plum flavors, this full-bodied wine (the older sister of the 2007 that Anthony loved) has the perfect balance of fruit and tannin. I find that cabs can often be harsh, but this one is incredibly smooth with a long finish. Find it here.

What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us below!


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