Wines To Go Buy This Week

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc – 91 Points

Cabernet Franc in California typically is a different animal than Franc from its home in the Loire Valley in France. New World Francs tend to have hefty tannic structure, are overripe and too often resemble Cabernet Sauvignon, though they shouldn’t.

Wine To Go Buy This Week – Valentine’s Edition - Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial – 90 Points

As one of the largest landholders in Champagne and one of the oldest Champagne Houses dating from 1743, Moët & Chandon consistently turns out quality Champagne.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Migration Pinot Noir Running Creek Vineyard – 92 Points

The Russian River Valley is synonymous with quality Pinot Noir, and Migration Wine uses most of their Pinot Noir fruit for their portfolio from here, though they also include vineyards in Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara County.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Penner-Ash Oregon Viognier – 96 Points

Viognier is often produced as a floral one-trick pony, a wine that smells great, but offers little in terms of structure or food-pairing possibilities. However, in the capable hands of Lynn Penner-Ash, one of Oregon’s leading winemakers, it is elevated to world-class status.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - Spottswoode Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 90 Points

Spottswoode Estate has long been one of those wineries that receives high acclaim but less commensurate public attention. Winemaker Aron Weinkauf crafts beautiful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also an impressive Sauvignon Blanc. Comprised of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Sauvignon Musque from six different vineyard sites in Napa, Sonoma and Carneros, his creation is an inviting wine.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2015 Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages Chardonnay – 89 Points

White Burgundy derives much of its substance from its limestone soils as well as limited interaction with oak; therefore it is a heralded example of how clear and precise Chardonnay can be. The 2015 continues this traditional with a light and crisp style in their Macon-Villages.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2012 Maryhill Winery McKinley Springs Vineyard Mourvèdre – 89 Points

This family-owned and operated winery on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge is one of the larger producers from Washington State. Mourvèdre typically doesn’t receive much attention, but this 100% Mourvèdre, with fruit pulled from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA who provide about 1/3rd of total grape acreage from Washington State, is aged 16 months in both French and Russian oak, which certainly provides notes of sweet charred cedar, but also rusticity from the Russian wood, along with soft tannins.

Wine To Go Buy This Week – New Year’s Edition -Domaine Carneros 2008 Le Reve Blanc de Blancs – 90 Points

France’s Champagne Taittinger started its U.S label with the opening of Domaine Carneros in 1987 and has gone on to create world-class sparkling wines in America, of which their flagship Le Reve has always been a consistent standout. This Blanc de Blanc is comprised of five Chardonnay clones from the Domaine’s Carneros estate fruit.

Wines To Go Buy This Week – Christmas Edition - Peter Michael 2013 Au Paradis Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points

Au Paradis, paradise, is the expression of the Peter Michael Winery’s only Napa wine (the winery is based in Sonoma). Pulled from fruit from the Oak Knoll AVA, on the nose there is rich opulent fruit and the seamless integration of wood is apparent. Comprised from a minimum of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance of the fruit being Cabernet Franc, there are notes of sweet charred oak, red raspberry, black cherry, huckleberry, tobacco and mocha that draw you in.

Wines To Go Buy This Week - Gallica 2015 Albariño – 92 Points

Rosemary Cakebread has a long-standing relationship with wine, spending 15 years as winemaker and consultant for Spottswoode Winery in Napa. She launched her Gallica project in 2007. From her small portfolio she makes only one white wine and by her own admission she makes wine in such a way that, “you have to think about what’s in your glass,” she tells IntoWine.

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