Monday spotlight: SIMI Pinot Noir, Las Rocas Garnacha, Elie Wine Co. You could write a book about the magic of this Pinot: It has depth, complexity and finesse. It’s voluptuous with big fruit, beautifully infused smoky oak
Tuesday spotlight: La Crema sources Pinot Noir from OR's Willamette Valley. Dry, earthy, herbal, and so tightly wound — what a beautiful Pinot. The blast of cherry, plum, vanilla and herbs is Oregon refined and polished to a sparkling gem. This is a powerful, beautiful wine.
In the spotlight: 2012 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir from J Vineyards The noted Sonoma producer of sparkling wines also makes spectacular Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and this Chardonnay from estate vineyards in Russian River. The 2012 vintage, declared one of the finest in decades, shows its class.
The Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2009, $11, is an exceptional Cab for the price — the flavors are soft and approachable – black currants, cherries, plums, brown spices and dark chocolate.
An affordable luxury: La Crema's Monterey series. This winery has been devoted to cool climate varietals — Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — for more than 30 years. Home base is the Russian River Valley, but La Crema makes a number of lines at various price points from many other cool appellations in California. Here’s a tasting of two from the Monterey series
Wednesday spotlight: Faust Cabernet, Gnarly Head Pinot Noir and La Crema Pinot Gris Today’s reviews feature wines from some of California’s most notable producers: Agustin Huneeus, the Delicato family and Jackson Family Wines