The largest production Pinot Noir is the 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, and it was all destemmed and brought up in French oak, 20% being new. Its medium ruby color gives way to a ripe, exuberant, flashy Pinot Noir that has loads of spice, ripe black cherries, earth, and just a hint of cola. It's textured, balanced, and has tons of charm.
Coming from the Anderson Valley, the 2016 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard is another smoky, concentrated, classic wine from Arista. Notes of black raspberries, red currants, scorched earth, and forest floor, as well as some sweet spice, give way to a plump, rounded, beautifully textured Pinot Noir that has solid balanced, tons of fruit, and a great finish. Aged 11 months in 33% new French oak, it’s going to evolve nicely for at least 8-10 years.
A velvety, full-bodied version, loaded with blackberry coulis, baked black cherry and tar-tinged smoke flavors that ripple across the palate. Offers lovely accents of dried mint, tobacco, iron and anise that echo on the firm finish. A powerhouse, with plenty in reserve. Best from 2022 through 2032.
Nothing says, “Happy National Wine Day,” quite like a glass of bubbly. Made with 100 percent Chardonnay grapes from France's esteemed Champagne region, Champagne Gosset's Blanc de Blanc is the perfect apéritif to get the celebrations started. Fresh and airy with bubbles that dance gracefully in the glass, the champagne has a lively aroma that is both mineral and floral that blossom into white flowers and toasted honey on the palate.
You want to spend your National Wine Day on a journey. You want to ride down the vino highway less traveled. RouteStock's Cabernet Sauvignon will take you there, through the winding roads of Napa Valley and beyond with every mouth-watering sip of the winery's signature expression. The flavor profile is very classic Cab Sauv—robust and structured—but it has the added edginess of black-plum and dark chocolate doubled down with eccentric notes...
Is there anything more spring than a glass of rosé? We sure can't think of any—and since National Wine Day is a springtime holiday, it's only right that celebrators honor it with a bottle of pale pink juice. Produced in France's Côtes de Provence, Espirt Gassier is a chic little diddy comprised of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle. If there was ever a way to bottle up a good time, this is it...
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault give this zesty rosé its character. Packed with the red fruit essence of raspberries and red berries, this rosé is light but still manages to have body. It's nice and lively in the mouth on first sip with a splash of acidity, but the finish is as smooth as oyster pearls—which is fitting because it also pairs incredibly well with oysters.
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4 3/4 Stars
On the palate, the wine is distinctly savory, juicy and finely balanced. From the one year it spends in used Slavonian barrels, there is just enough tannin to give the acidity the grip it needs; otherwise, it would seem, the wine would slide away without us grasping it. The finish is tidy and buttoned-up.
A hint of chalk appears even before subtle notes of autolysis become apparent. The slender palate comes with disarming freshness and poise, revealing edges of fresh lemon, subtle patisserie, more chalk and richer hints of lemon oil. Precise in character with a very fine mousse, and so long.
Delicate scents of rose, wild berry, crushed herb and a whiff of new leather mingle together in the glass. On the linear palate, taut fine-grained tannins support dried cherry, orange zest, star anise and a hint of green tea before a rather drying finish. Drink after 2020.
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Puttonyos Royal Tokaji’s red label (known as blue label outside the US), is a blend of furmint with a little hárslevelu gathered from across the winery’s many vineyards. While it’s sweet (with 155.7 grams per liter of residual sugar), it feels brisk and fresh, the acidity channeling the wine’s marmalade notes and ripe nectarine flavors with clarity and lift. That breeziness belies the wine’s staying power: This is the sort of sweet wine that can
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Puttonyos This vineyard of ruddy red soils often produces one of Royal Tokaji’s most voluptuous wines. In 2013, its fruit ripened to a dried-mango intensity, with notes of tropical fruit, apricots and marmalade deepened by an earthy savor, hinting at smoke and white mushrooms. The acidity keeps the wine feeling plump and succulent, and refreshes the palate for another sip.
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Royal Tokaji released a string of exceptional wines from 2013, including this Tokaji Aszú, from a vineyard south of Mád on black volcanic soils. The season owes its success to a wet winter followed by a warm, dry summer. Then a cold snap in September helped preserve acidity in the fruit: Although the residual sugar clocks in at 182.8 grams per liter, and acidity sends the wine’s rich, sweet flavors soaring into a heady cloud of flavor, buzzing wi
Macerated cherry, plum, licorice, tar and tobacco flavors are the highlights. Taut and linear in profile, with a dense finish. Stays vibrant, revealing echoes of tar and tobacco. Best from 2022 through 2038.
A powerful red, with dense tannins buoying the black cherry, plum, tobacco, soy and tar flavors. Ample sweet fruit midpalate offsets the structure, while the finish echoes the tar and soy notes. Best from 2023 through 2040.