Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc 2012, North Coast ($31.99): 100% chardonnay from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, this bottling was released in 2015 and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Davies’ family of their first sparkling wine which debuted in 1965. Partially barrel fermented, the fruity nose is complemented by nuances of candied citrus and fresh baked bread. The original American sparkling wine!
Hanzell Chardonnay “Sebella” 2013, Sonoma County ($29.50): The younger companion to the flagship chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, the Sebella shows exuberant aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, all with a refreshing mid-palate that emphasizes the elegance and freshness of chardonnay.
Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013, Napa Valley ($25.95): This velvety, lush, mouth-filling wine has aromas and flavors of blackberries and plums, balanced by vanilla, coffee and mocha nuances. The addition of small amounts of cabernet and syrah adds structrure and a little spiciness to the wine.
Buglioni Valpolicella Ripasso “Il Bugiardo” 2012, Veneto ($27.99): With the density and intensity of an Amarone, this full-bodied red has notes of raisins, chocolates, cedar and tobacco. Perfect with a steak of an after-dinner cheese like Roquerfort or Parmaggiano.