Valloween Recommendations

Whether you love or loath the mid-February madness that is Valentine’s Day, here are some recommendations that will either help you woo that special consort or help you make it through the day.

Bucklin “Old Hill Ranch” Zinfandel $24.99

This black and brooding old vine field blend from one of California’s oldest vineyard exerts a hypnotic pull from the first sniff, showing a range of floral aromatics that run from lavender and sage and eucalyptus to coffee, anise and black fruits.  The palate exhibits a plush yet well defined texture, its a measure of unctuous black fruits and spices framed by lovely acids and a long impeccably clean finish.  Brilliantly farmed vineyards make brilliant wine and the proof is in this bottle.  It is the essence of its place, a vineyard where its awfully easy to be bewitched bothered and bewildered.  This wine indeed make love a more facile creature.

Trinafour Niemi Ranch Vineyard Carignane $15.99

This unfined unfiltered plush purple creature is the handiwork of one Alex Magregor.  Imagine crushing a couple of tons of fresh ripe raspberries and distilling the essence to a wine bottle and you have some idea of the layered and sultry aromatics.  The palate is long and plush followed by silky fine fruit tannins.  It is a gorgeously slutty peasant wine with impeccable table manners.

Carol Shelton “Coquille Blanc” White Table Wine $15.99

I don’t know if its the slatternly play sound of “Coquille” that makes me think of Coquette, but when thinking on love and wine and how one increases the facility of the other, its hard not to think of a wine that changes its charms as easily as this one.  Chill it and it shows a high pitched crisp acidity with tannic grip that plays well with fresh oysters then as the wine warms, it shows a more expansive gleefully fleshy texture with inviting tropical juiciness.  Since when isn’t a moody tease?  Composed of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne

Jean Lallement Grand Cru Brut, Verzenay $56.99

This is nothing short of a triumph.  All Grand Cru fruit (Cristal and Dom can’t say that) This is essentially a single vineyard expression of Champagne terroir, a grand cru burgundy that happens to have bubbles, mostly pinot noir with a dash of chardonnay for cream and spice.  It may not be the first label most recognize, but it will leave a grand impression on a desired amour.

Adami Dei Casel Prosecco $18.99

This is a plush and creamy wine that shows a fabulous range of peach and honeysuckle and freesia perfume.  From one of the regions most storied producers, this hefty rich and off-dry wine is a mouthful of fresh peach drizzled with flower honey that hangs on the palate with a spicy mineral laden finish.


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