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The Team has made its decision
The first month of summer has flown by and we’ve already marked off a few items on our checklist—We’ve made a pie from scratch, visited the circus, gone on a beach bonfire excursion, cooked a farm-to-table supper, and made it to a Giants game. In between our adventures, we’ve made time to try lots of new wines. See below for a selection of the team’s best wines this month, and let the July sipping commence!
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS “Savoya Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2009 (Yamhill-Carlton, OR) $51
This wine is a superbly lush, medium-bodied pinot noir with great spice notes (nutmeg and cedar), expected dark cherry flavors, and a lovely, lingering finish. It was the perfect wine to toast the one-year anniversary of The Daily Sip's editor-in-chief, Karen MacNeil! Find it here.
POPPY Pinot Noir, 2010 (Monterey County, CA) $16
When I was standing in front of the pinot section at Whole Foods this charming name, Poppy, stood out to me. I opened the bottle when I got home and decided it was equally pleasing. It has soft aromas of strawberry and tastes fruity with a hint of spice at the finish. It’s easy to drink, and nicely paired with any Wednesday night takeaway and a romcom. Find it here.
KEEFER RANCH Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, CA) $42
Keefer Ranch supplies the grapes for some of my favorite pinot producers including Kosta Browne and Freeman, so I had high expectations for their own bottling. I tasted this at Pinot Days in San Francisco and loved the delicate balance of cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of earthiness on the mid-palate. Find it here.
RHÔNGASM "Revelation” White Blend 2011 (Costières de Nîmes, France) $13
This blend of grenache blanc and roussanne is aged in oak, and offers a fresh, fruity aroma that is slightly floral with a strong hint of citrus. The wine boasts a bold flavor that lingers on the palate. It’s the perfect complement to a light summer meal. Find it here.
CHATEAU MONTELENA “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, CA) $99.99
My summer has been filled with great cabernets, but this one is the best. I was lucky enough to enjoy this amazing wine on my birthday with my aunt and uncle. Everything about this wine is just right. You get a nice earthy taste, but also hints of blueberry and black cherry jam. It has a strong finish and every aspect of the wine persists until the end. It is delightful aromatically and even more spectacular on the palate. This wine should never be passed up. You can buy it here.
ROCK WALL Sparkling Blanc de Blancs 2011 (CA) $18
I'm wholly obsessed with this elegant and dry effervescent wine. It was a mouth-saver after a long day of tasting and judging wines during the NextGen Wine Competition earlier this month. Luckily, the competition is stacked with young wine professionals and vintners including Shauna Rosenblum who was kind enough to share a bottle of this bubbly during dinner. Made up of chardonnay and muscat canelli, this sparkler boasts flavors of crisp apple and delicate flowers. Try this or any of the amazing Rock Wall wines soon! They will blow your mind. Find it here.
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Riesling 2011 (Columbia Valley, WA) $9
I discovered this wine while experiencing our Mastering Wine session with our editor-in-chief Karen MacNeil. To my surprise, my favorite riesling in our blind tasting not only featured my name on the label, but was a bargain at $9. It was the delicious and subtle peach flavors that won me over and will become a regular bottle in our household rotation. Find it here.
FANTI TENUTA SAN FILIPPO Brunello di Montalcino 2001 (Brunello di Montalcino, IT) $75
This wine was a real treat to celebrate my arrival in California and the beginning of my internship here at Bottlenotes. With great structure and a long finish, the wine was surprisingly fruity, tasting boldly of cherries, plums and figs with a slight earthy undertone. A fantastic way to start the summer. Find it here.
GOLDWATER Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Marlborough, NZ) $14
I had this New Zealand sauvignon not at dinner, but at a midday office tasting. I didn’t need food to enjoy it, but I bet it would pair well with salmon or chicken. With characteristic grassy and tropical fruit aromas, this light-to-medium bodied sauvignon blanc is nicely acidic with abundant fruit and citrus flavors and apricot at the finish. Find it here.
JOSEPH SWAN "Trenton View VIneyard" Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, CA) $35
I was really excited to spend my Saturday afternoon tasting some of California's premier pinot noirs at the Pinot Days festival in Fort Mason, and my experience did not disappoint. Several wines stood out for me, but the wines that really jumped out because of their value and quality were the pinots from Joseph Swan Vineyards. Their pinot from Trenton View Vineyard, in particular, had great acidity, pleasant notes of dark cherries, and an earthy nose. Find it here.
What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us below!