With less than 600 cases produced to date, here is a Russian River Pinot Noir that makes you rethink the region. Bright cranberry, strawberry, and jasmine nuances, kissed with a touch of spicebox and a blessing of 2nd year barrel, make this an “old world” wine lovers dream. This team which includes an eponymous Sonoma Somm, has knocked all three vintages out of the park. Look for this wine in select fine dining venues.
There is a moment when sheer glory crosses your path. She delights you. She prickles your lips. She tantalizes. She even offers a garden of flowers, and a basket yellow roses. She stays with you a very long time, long through the decades. She only gives herself to those who have dreamed of her.
This homage to old world inspired “sauvy” delivers laser like focus and balance. Fresh lime, kiwi, and apricot with uplifted white roses, ginger and green tea. Made by a great somm in San Francisco, the wines are extremely small production and expressive of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon terroir.
2000 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mts.
Elegance in a bottle is the best way to describe this cab. Dense and exotic sweet oak, with cassis, black cherry, and chewy black plums.
An ancient estate vineyard planted in the 1880’s was neglected, only to find fame again in the 70’s. This is a wine that will give some 2000 Bordeaux a run for their money. Check out Dallas Fine Wines for inventory.
As early fall approaches lighter reds are coming back into fashion. An ancient wine made from Nerello, has some characteristics that may have one thinking, “Is this Pinot”? No!
Light and supple, yet strikingly tart with some tannin and sexy curves. Sick! This wine from Terre Nere in Sicily is where it’s at.
DLynn received the Advanced Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a member of the Texas Sommelier Association. Dlynn is also a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, Chaine des Rotisseurs and founded the Dallas Sommelier Group. Follow Dlynn on Twitter @wineauxdlynnp