Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wonderful Winter Wines

2007 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay, Oregon. This wine is crafted of grapes from three vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains, Oregon. It's stainless steel fermented to retain the fruit's purity, flavors and aromas and then sits a little in neutral French oak to augment textural richness and create a more balanced and complex wine. It is truly delicious!! ($22.99)

2006 Milbrandt Traditions Merlot, Washington State. Washington State has been continuously producing top notch wines, and this Wahluke Slope Merlot is another to put on the list. Mostly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Barbera produce rich aromas of ripe plums, cherries, toasted oak and blackberries. ($16.49)

2006 Zin 91 Old Vine Zinfandel, CA. A recent Wine Club selections, this Old Vine Zinfandel was sourced from an exceptional vineyard in California's Dry Creek. The wine is well structured with a unique resinous pepper-spice. The ripe, full bodied, juicy character of red raspberry marries nicely with the more supple dark plum and cherry flavors. A fantastic wine for the winter season. ($14.99)

2008 Ferraton Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, France. The Ferraton Crozes-Hermitage Blanc is made from 100% Marsanne a unique white grape that is in white Cotes du Rhone. It delivers aromas of acacia, fresh flowers and roasted almonds while the palate is soft with a great minerality and an offering of white peach. Not something you see everyday, but this is truly a magnificent bottle of wine. ($19.99)

2007 Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Villages, France.This wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah; it offers aromas of lavender, black currants, licorice, and spice. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, it has a beautiful purity and long finish. It can be consumed now or will improve with 3-4 years aging as well. A sleeper of the vintage and a real staff favorite!! ($14.99)

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