Highlighting just how much we actually drink..
Anthill Farms Anderson 2011 Valley Pinot Noir (~$40) has big aromas of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry. The palate is full and dry with notes of dark fruits, plum, tobacco, leather, earth and black pepper spice. Gritty tannins on the finish are balanced by a long, warm note of spice. This bold Pinot could certainly hold its own against some red meat dishes.
Domaine Fournier’s Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc (~$12) is light, fresh and easy for the price. Bright notes of minerals and green grass are followed by soft hints of grapefruit.
Chateau Les Tuileries Entre-Deux-Mers Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (~$13) is crisp and light with notes of mineral, grapefruit, citrus and fresh herbs. The acidity is bright and mouthwatering. A nice summertime white!
Loveblock’s 2011 Central Otago, New Zealand Pinot Noir (~$28) has beautiful, full aromas of black pepper spice, violet, red berries and blackberry. The palate is full with some bitter cherries balanced by dark fruits, sweet baking spices, and a hint of mushrooms and vanillin oak. Elegant and smooth on the long, slightly earthy finish.
Anura’s Reserve Stellenbosch Pinotage is rich and powerful but still soft and elegant. It offers beautiful notes of blackberry, blueberry and cinnamon spice. The palate is smooth and velvety with soft tannins and full flavors of earth, spice, juicy blackberry and cinnamon. My dear friend Lauren brought this home for me from her trip to South Africa with her family. South African wines are so unique, and I hope I can get my hands on another bottle of this one!
Cuvaison’s 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay (~$20) offers light citrus, straw and butter aromas that lead to a full palate of creamy baked apples, vanilla and tropical fruits. The rich butter character is balanced by a bright tropical fruit acidity. Perfect for some eggplant, sausage and basil pasta!
Evesham Wood’s 2010 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Eola Amity Hills in Willamette Valley Oregon (~$25) has warm aromas of black cherry and baking spice. The palate is smooth with bright notes of sour cherry, red fruits, clove, and tobacco leaf.
For our 1 year wedding anniversary, Jeff and I opened this phenomenal pinot noir from the year we met. Fallia’s 2010 Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir is light-bodied with elegant aromas and flavors of bright cherry, spicy black pepper, tobacco leaf and clove. The palate is light with smooth, warm spices and baked cherries. Soft hints of vanilla linger on the long finish.