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Tasty July Wines

Jul 26, 2011
Tasty July Wines
Best wines we drank this month.

summer_wineWe don’t know about you, but our July went by in the blink of an eye and we think vino had something to do with that. All the delicious wine consumed by our team during the month made the days slip by effortlessly. This month, riesling ruled, reds were dynamic as well as delicious, and one rose was declared THE pink to drink.

Below is the summer team's picks for the wine we drank and enjoyed most during the past month. Be sure to try some of these bottles while the weather is warm, the days are long and sunshine abounds.


ajr-new-headshot_100x100Opus One, 2001 ($200). If I had blind tasted this wine, there is no question in my mind I would have assumed it to be a 10-year old Bordeaux. It is a beautiful brick red color, with a palate of graham cracker, dark chocolate, cassis, and baking spice. This wine is pure elegance and easily has 20 more years in it, if not more. It is worth every penny. Find the wine here.

aa-headshot_100x100Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste, 2010 ($24).  I've enjoyed this wine across multiple vintages, and I'm officially declaring it my favorite rosé. It has that signature light and refreshing feel and taste you expect in a rosé, but it's relatively fruit forward with notes of strawberries and cherry. It has a nice balance of acidity, which for me, tends to be too much on many other rosés, but is just perfect in the Arriviste. Find it here.

brannack_mclain Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2007 ($30).
This Mendocino pinot noir, made from organically grown grapes, is a gorgeous wine. Filled with aromas and flavors of red berries, cherries, chocolate, smoke, cinnamon, vanilla, and roses, the wine opens and evolves in the glass to keep you coming back for more. Rounded, light to medium bodied and a pleasure to sip, this bottle over delivers on flavor and quality for its price. Buy some before everyone else realizes what a steal it is.

callie_kemmerChateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling ($25).
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena. Although the winery is famous for their chardonnay, the winner of the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, I was most impressed by the 2009 riesling. The dry white wine greeted me with honeysuckle and floral notes before introducing a complex peach and apricot palate with a moderately sweet finish that boasted a touch of honey. This riesling is the perfect refreshment to enjoy on a summer day! Get this wine here.

emmanuel_ramirezTrisaetum Coast Range Vineyard Riesling, 2010 ($24).
This delicious Oregon riesling took me by surprise in the best possible way. With fresh apple and citrus fruit notes and a tart finish, I found it difficult to put my glass down. This wine pairs exceptionally well with a beautiful summer day or any day at all. The only catch is that this impressive new wine is has not been widely released quite yet so you'll have to keep an eye out for it soon here.

jonny_100x100_re_fixJ Vineyards "Cuvée 20" Sparkling Wine, NV ($22). This fresh and bright bubbly from the Russian River Valley is perfect to enjoy outside on a warm day in the park. It has notes of lemon zest and grapefruit and is incredibly versatile. You can buy the wine here.

kim-smallTroublemaker Blend 2 ($20).
This is a rocking Rhone blend from Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. The blend is made from 73% syrah, 12% grenache, 8% petite syrah, and 7% mourvedre. It is extremely smooth with good body and balance. A very dynamic wine and a good bang for the buck! Find it here.

leta-photo_100x100Tenuta Nanfro Frappato, 2009 ($18). This red from Sicily is outstanding. Frappato is one of my favorite varietals because of its uniqueness and affordability. It is the definition of quaffable with a lovely nose of roses and cherries, balanced acid and a gorgeous, lightly spiced finish. I shared this bottle with friends from Chicago, with whom I lived in Italy, at Farina in San Francisco. Put this grape on your must-try list. You’ll swoon. Find the wine here.

What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us what about it below.

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