2008 Franciscan Estate Magnificat Meritage, Napa Valley
$50 at the winery website (tasted January 30, 2013)
This is what I call a sipping (or nibbling) wine. It takes me a few days to drink a wine like this because of its richness and size. Josh Stein of Stein Family Wines described wines like this as a “wine-as-food.” I love the velvety mouthfeel, teeth-coating tannins, and chewy, lush berry and cocoa flavors. Good enough to eat.
2010 Trentadue Winery La Storia Cuvée 32
$32 at the winery website (tasted February 1, 2013)
I can’t do this bottle justice with my own camera, so I snagged the pic from the winery’s website. This Sangiovese-based, Sonoma County, Super Tuscan-like blend possesses a nice balance of acidity, tannins, and blueberry-cranberry-cherry flavors. It’s food friendly and pairs well with pizza and other Italian dishes.
Gorman Winery 2011 Big Sissy Chardonnay, Connor Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington
$35 at the winery website (tasted February 6, 2013)
This is one of the least sissy wines I’ve ever had. It’s fermented in 100% new French oak with 100% malolactic fermentation (ML) and has 14.3% alcohol. This Chardonnnay retains complex, layered fruit flavors in harmony with with rich oak flavors and a creamy mouthfeel that lingers for a long finish.