Spring & Summer Sipping & Saving

Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County ‘09
From the venerable winery on Mount Veeder, this is an honest, varietally correct SB that’ll keep you coming back for more: zesty but not too acidic, ripe and well balanced, and thankfully not overworked like some out there.

Qupe  Marsanne Santa Ynez Valley Label

Qupé Marsanne, Santa Barbara County ‘10
Since 1987 Bob Lindquist has been an almost one-man champion of Marsanne. Other CA wineries make it, but none are finer and none age so beautifully (should you desire). The ‘10 is now available, and it’s exotic/delicious!

Verdad Grenache RoseVerdad Grenache Rosé, Sawyer-Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley ‘10
Fresh, fragrant, pale and dry. Oh, and certified biodynamic. What else you want?

La Vieille Ferme Côte du Ventoux, Rhône Valley ‘09
The ‘08 is even better; if you find a bottle buy it (or let me know, cause I will). Compared to its older sibling the ’09 was a tad clunky when last tasted, but I imagine it will mesh come summer. Classic, slightly leathery and peppery Côte du Rhône scents and flavors at an amazingly low price.

Au Bon Climat Pinot NoirAu Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County ‘09
It’s no secret that Jim Clendenen makes some of the finest Pinot Noir on the planet, and it’s no secret that his basic SBC bottling is one of the best values around. The 2009, having recently tasted it, is a lovely follow-up to the 2008 (one of my all-time faves): lighter bodied, floral, musky, fragrant and complex.

Courtesy of Zinfreek


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