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The best wines we drank this past month.
Yet again, April proves itself to be the most manic month on the calendar. The weather can't seem to make up its mind; basketball, hockey and baseball all vie for our attention; and, perhaps appropriately, no one on Team Daily Sip was attracted to the same type of wines.
This past month we were enamored with big, powerful reds; light, bright whites; and, of course elegant, pretty wines. Even though our top picks of the month are all over the map, you can rest assured that every one of these bottles is delicious, unique and good to kick back with during the game--whichever sport you happen to be watching.
Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah, 2006 ($140). This is, hands down, absolutely the best Syrah from Washington State that I have ever tasted. The superbly heavy bottle foreshadows the quality of the wine enclosed. It's an inky, black Syrah with subtle white pepper notes on the nose and complex layers of black fruit and wet-woods aromatics that also characterize the mid-palate. This wine has a serious "wow" factor. Find the wine here.
Tribute to Grace Grenache, 2007 ($37). I first had this Grenache at Cyrus, up in Healdsburg, and had to go out and get more. It's only available at one shop in San Francisco, but it's worth the effort. It appears cloudy red in color (looks unfiltered to me), yet it's very elegant, with soft berry fruit flavors reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. Also of note, it was named for the winemaker's grandmother, Grace. Find the wine here.
Kilikanoon Mort's Block Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley Australia 2009 ($20)
This is a perfect example of what Australia can do with this variety at an affordable price. The wine has that beautiful petrol aroma you find in top German Rieslings, as well as a strong core of green apples and minerality--and then a huge burst of acidity. Not only is the finish pure and long, this wine is still young and tightly wound. Buy a few bottles and let them age. This one will only get better with time. Find this wine here.
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ($20).
This is a great summertime wine. It has aromas of grapefruit, and exhibits a tart, refreshing, lemon-zest finish. You can see a video of the St. Supery winemaker discussing the wine here. Or, you can just take my word for it and buy the wine here.
Molnar Family Pinot Noir Poseidon's Vineyard, Carneros, 2007 ($26). I love this wine from Carneros. It was aged in Tokaji oak, which is interesting; and only 1,200 cases were made. This is a soft, medium-bodied Pinot, full of lush raspberries and black cherries and spice, with an earthy finish. It has good definition and balance. Find it here.
Patianna Organic Vineyards Zinfandel, Mendocino 2009 ($20). I snuck this Zinfandel into AT&T Park for one of the Giants' home openers against the L.A. Dodgers. It was the perfect bottle to have on a chilly night while watching my boys crush our biggest rival. Big, bold and brambly, this Zin is super spicy with ripe black fruit. It paired amazingly with my hot link sausage and olive oil/cracked black pepper Triscuits. Besides popping this Zinfandel, I would also highly recommend seeking out the aforementioned Triscuits. Find the wine here.
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