The Amazing Holiday Wines Never End!

November 30, 2018 Uncategorized  No comments

Holiday Wines 2018, part 2

I, like many of you, have a difficult time when searching for appropriate gifts for family and friends for the Holidays. Gifts are, supposed to be luxuries, to bring a smile to the face and a twinkle to the heart of our favorites. But how about if we include a flute of bubbles or a purple stain to one’s mouth to that list as well?  I’ve become a huge fan of giving (and receiving, of course) gift cards for special occasions – but how many times do you suppose that the gift recipient uses the card on mundane and ordinary items? Enter the Gift Card form Los Angeles Wine Company! Now, you can be sure that the chosen few on your list are enjoying a dessert wine, Champagne, Bordeaux or California Cabernet due to your kindness, rather than buying another 2-pack of printer ink cartridges or Duracell batteries. Sometimes, people need a nudge to “live it up” and enjoy some luxuries – and that means you too!

There’s a huge supply of amazing wines at LAWC this holiday season – far more than we can go over in just a few Holiday blogs. But here are a few choices are sure to delight any time of year. And, if you take a peek here, you’ll find a list of wines with deep online only discounts.

And, of course, the stunning array of wines to be enjoyed from LAWC this Holiday season can only be equaled by the amazing choices of foods that they can pair with. From cooking at home (yes we can grill all year it’s Southern California!) to the many superb local restaurants, the choices are virtually endless!

holiday peby_faugeres2010 Peby Faugeres

What time is better than the Holiday Season to enjoy a Bordeaux? From Bordeaux’s St. Emilion appellation. This small estate is a classic example of the beautiful wines of Saint Emilion: a balanced sophistication of dry earthy tannins with rich and reserved layers of cassis and dark fruits; simultaneously refined and sexy. Perfect for cellaring; yet showing very well right now. Blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with flavors of delicate oak, well integrated, silky tannins, with notes of cinnamon, cranberry, black cherry, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and beautiful, lasting finish. Open this bottle at home and witness how the flavors evolve and mature over the course of an evening, or bring a bottle to your favorite restaurant to savor with a charred steak with sautéed mushrooms (and creamed spinach, of course), or short ribs braised in a red wine sauce, roast chicken, fresh grilled tuna steaks, full-bodied cheeses, dark olives and of course, by itself.

“An absolutely prodigious, massively concentrated Saint-Emilion is the 2010 Peby Faugeres, which is 100% old vine Merlot, from a single parcel of south-facing limestone soils, brought up all in new oak. This beauty’s deep purple, almost blue, color is followed by a dense, backward bouquet of black and blue fruits, scorched earth, graphite, chocolatey oak, and an incredible minerality. More backward, dense, and brooding compared to the sexy 2009, hide bottle for another 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years. It’s an awesome wine.”  - Jeb Dunnick, 97 points

“Acquired by Swiss native Silvio Denz a number of years ago, this property continues to overachieve in virtually every vintage. Behind the scenes, Stephan von Neipperg, the proprietor of La Mondotte, Clos de l’Oratoire, and a number of other properties, consults on viticultural matters, while harvesting, winemaking and elevage are guided by Michel Rolland.” – Wine Advocate, 97 points.

holiday ridge_geyserville_rev2016 Ridge Geyserville  Zinfandel

Ridge is synonymous with fantastic Zinfandel – and the Geyserville is perhaps the most storied of the Ridge lineup. This full-bodied, peppery Zin displays signature toasty oak, fennel, roasted nuts, spicy cherry, plums, and baking spice aromas, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and cinnamon touches. Enjoy this bold, spicy Zinfandel with a variety of foods, from tri-tip (with a spicy rub), carne asada, and pizza right off your grill, to a Morroccan lamb tagine. Great with Indian food as well! The warmth of the Zin’s spice character is perfect on a cold, Wintery night. It’s no surprise that Wine Advocate calls the 2016 Ridge Zins as among the finest they have ever produced.

“The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice to come with age, and a subtle framing of sweet new oak. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, supple and layered, with a lovely core of ripe, succulent fruit and beautifully fine-grained structuring tannins. The finish is long and pure. There are 23 different grape varieties co-planted in the Geyserville vineyard, but in 2016, Zinfandel dominates at 73%, followed by 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet.

Holiday rudd_estate_prop_red2012 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Blend

From a miniscule strip of land in Napa’s Oakville Appellation, Rudd is joined by Screaming Eagle and Dalle Valle in what is perhaps the most exclusive two-square mile winegrowing region outside of France. And, with the legendary David Abreu managing the vineyards, what other than world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay could one expect? An amazingly opulent and full bodied wine, with flavors of rich fruits, smoke, tobacco and peppery spice that go well with anything from steaks and burgers to pastas,pizzas and rich cheeses. Make your favorite gastropub burger on your grill at home with blue cheese, aruglula, red onion and truffle mustard, call some friends and uncork a bottle!

“The 2012 Oakville Estate reveals lovely notes of crème de cassis, spring flowers, forest floor, dusty, loamy soil undertones, and a touch of licorice, medium to full body, moderate tannins and beautiful concentration. This should turn out to be a brilliant effort from Leslie Rudd, but it requires 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20-25 years.” – Wine Advocate, 94-96 points

Holiday dolce2012 Dolce by Far Niente Late Harvest 375ml

I have always been crazy about dessert wines – and they are becoming more popular than ever. All it takes is one great experience to get the ball rolling, and this was the wine that did it for me. The abundance of fantastic sweets during the Holidays makes this the perfect opportunity to pair a nice morsel with this elixir – although, you will enjoy this all on its own, just like I do – and you will remember your first taste – just like your first taste of a great Burgundy, Bordeaux blend, d’Yquem or California Cabernet or Pinot. These wonderful dessert wines are not like those overly sweet liquers that we associate sweet wines with. Have one sip, and you’ll instantly know the difference.

“This is divinely sweet without ever becoming cloying. A blend of 89% Sémillon and 11% Sauvignon Blanc from grapes grown in Coombsville, it offers a clean, creamy palate of peat, caramel, vanilla wafer, nuts and honey. If a finishing touch of sweetness is needed at the end of any meal, this is your wine.’ Wine Enthusiast, 98 points

Winery notes – Aromas of apricot, poached pear and orange rind dominate the more subtle clove and mineral notes. The flavors mimic the aromas on the nose, melding with a mouthwatering texture and added notes of juicy orange and citrus blossom. This wine shows the restraint of youthfulness with the expectation that its bottle bouquet will emerge with a few more years of bottle age.

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