February: Festivals, Feasts, and Fine Wines
Over the last few months, we have gone over the basics of several components of wines including acidity, tannins, and sweetness. These characteristics tell us quite a lot about a wine and grapes, including the climate it does best in, the soil that affects the flavor profile, the amount of sunshine that is necessary to ripen the grapes, and the choices made by the winemaker regarding when to harvest and how to actually make the wine in the cellar.
This is the sort of information that is useful when making decisions regarding pairing food with wine, selecting a style of wine to suit the different tastes of a group of friends or family, and when selecting a bottle for a special occasion. This month, we’ve selected a few bottles to try during the Oscars, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and a couple of surprises thrown in for Leap Year!
Château Duhart Milon | 2013
Retail $129.99 or $399.99 for 6
A medium-bodied beauty from Pauillac. Rich red berry and cassis grace the palate. Secondary notes of tobacco, anise, and spice give this wine outstanding character. Decant before serving to open the wine up. The perfect addition to Oscar night. Drink like a movie star! ~ 94 points – Wine Enthusiast
Inglenook “Rubicon” | 2009
A special wine for a Hollywood occasion, the Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon Bordeaux blend is the flagship wine for the estate, which is owned 100% by Francis Ford Coppola and his family. Done in a left-bank style, the wine is nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon. ~ 95 points – Wine Advocate
Ca’del Bosco Cuvée Prestige | Franciacorta
“Cristal on a budget” is how experienced wine lovers have been known to describe this methode champenoise sparkling wine. Produced from a mix of 75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco, and 10% Pinot Noir, the bouquet is lovely with an orange spiced tea aroma and a zesty, crisp finish. ~ 93 points – Wine.com
Moët Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé | 2012
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a great bottle of Rosé Champagne/ Moët’s 2012 Grand Vintage Rosé is decadent! Cherry and strawberry leap out of the glass while fleshy raspberry and mineral notes are cleaned up with very bright acidity. This wine has Valentine’s Day written all over it! ~ 94 points – Tasting Panel
La Spinetta Moscato d’ Asti “Bricco Quaglia” | 2018
Lightly effervescent and delicate, this is an exceptional example of a Moscato d’Asti with white peach, ripe pear, lime zest, and honeysuckle blossoms. You can drink this all night, in the morning, and all day again! The best choice for drinking with King Cake that mortals can make. ~ 92 points – Wine Advocate
Riccitelli “The Party” Malbec | 2017
Uco Valley, Argentina
Enter Riccitelli “The Party” Malbec! The perfect companion at a sweet price! Not your usual Malbec. Vinified whole-cluster to keep the wine fresh and vibrant. Raspberry and plum are met with extraordinary acidity for a Malbec. This wine will pair perfectly with spicy Gumbo or Po Boys. Laissez les bons temps roule! ~ 91 points – Robert Parker
Leap Year Special Bottle
Joseph Phelps Insignia | 2011
Napa Valley, California
One of the best vintages of Insignia, and it’s finally ready to drink the way it was intended. The 2011 is a blend of 82% Cabernet, 11% Petit Verdot, and 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Complex, rich, and intense with bouquet garni, fresh mint, black currants, ripe tobacco leaf, and a touch of black licorice. Don’t decant this one, just let it evolve in the glass. ~ 96 points – Wine Enthusiast
Leap Year Special Bottle
Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014
Monte Rosso, California
Leap year only happens every 4 years so it’s time to celebrate with a wine that you might be scared to open! Louis Martini Monte Rosso is made from grapes grown on Sonoma’s holy land of Monte Rosso! Big but also delicate, this wine features red fruit and dusty, leathery, earthy tones that dominate the palate. Spice and tannin are softened by the influence of French and American oak barrels. A true gem out of Sonoma County! ~ 99 points – Tasting Panel
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