Renzo Masi Chianti DOCG, 2018 is sourced from the Rufina subzone of the Chianti region. Based almost entirely on Sangiovese, this Renzo Mazi is textbook Chianti: aromatic, smooth, and medium-bodied. Plum and red fruit combine to make an exceptionally easy-drinking, food-friendly wine. Great price. 12.00
Renzo Masi Erta e China 2017 IGT Toscana is a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon and is a Tuscan red, through and through. Sangiovese brings in black cherry and herbal notes while the Cabernet adds big fruit, complexity, and a long finish. Viva Toscana! 16.00
Off-dry, in the traditional Mosel style, Nik Weis’s Urbansoff-Hoff Estate Riesling is the sort of Riesling that could make just about anyone a believer in Germany’s most famous grape. Elegantly balanced between acid and sweetness, this Nik Weis sends the palate on a roller coaster ride of aromas and flavors. Great food wine. 18.00
Lovin’ rosé at this time of year–and happy to see that trusty Sterling Vineyards has some great rosés to offer: Sterling Vineyards 2016 Vintner’s Collection Rosé and a special treat in the form of 2016 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Sparkling Rosé (28.00).
Expect light strawberry/raspberry flavors and a light pink color with the Vintner’s Collection Rosé(available in 750ml (12.00) and a handy, very cool, outdoor-friendly 375ml aluminum can (8.00).
Beaulieu Vineyards has been around for over a century–and they have earned their reputation as one of Napa’s most venerated producers. BV’s 2015 Tapestry Reserve is another BV gem. A Bordeaux blend, Tapestry combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot to produce a virtual tapestry of aromas and flavors. Generous use of new oak adds nuance and spice to what is already a mouthful of diverse fruit. A serious wine worth holding onto for a few years–if you can resist. 65.00
Since 2015 is Stags’ Leap’s 126th vintage, you might expect them to get it right–and yes, they did–in a big way.
Predominately Petite Sirah, with elements of Sirah, Grenache and mixed Rhones, this handsome Stags’ Leap bottling is complex, deep, and rich. The flavor profile is a crazy quilt of dark fruits and exotic spices. A perfect match for grilled meats, 2015 Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah is also a delight to sip on its own. 47.00