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Wine of the week
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Walter Hansel Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is my favorite Chardonnay. Two of us visited with Steve Hansel a few years back at his Russian River Valley Winery. We really looked forward to tasting his fabulous Pinot Noir wines. But when Steve poured his Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay, it was our favorite wine of the day. It had three layers meaning that there were three different tasting impressions, one on the front of the tongue, a different one in the middle and then a third on the finish. “OMG!” was our response. Wine Advocate’s 94-point review of the 2017 Cuvee Alyce, “it packs a wallop of flavor in the mouth … This is fabulous!” It’s worth the $36 price tag. I might add, all Walter Hansel wines are delicious.
Zeni Bardolino Chiaretto - Veneto Rose
Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella $24
This wine has a full mouthfeel with luscious fruit and an incredible finish. Six of us and counting love this wine. So this is a rare statement from me: this IS the BEST Rosé I have ever tasted, bar none!! We all have that memory of tasting a wine that gives us an incredible rush. This is one wine that gave me that sensation. Contact Ted Field with Domaine Wine Distributors (ted.field@
La Rinconada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
A Pinot Noir with a unique peppery layer at the beginning and a surprisingly delicious flavor that suddenly creeps up on you. I love that it has a heavier mouthfeel than many Pinot Noir wines. The wine is not cheap ($70) and currently sold out at the winery (call and beg for their sold-out library wines). The winery’s tasting room is one to visit in Los Olivos in the Santa Barbara Wine County. The owner and winemaker, Jessica Gasca, is a rising star in the California wine industry.
Lilac Ridge, San Diego County
A Southern California wine under the radar: 2017 Tannat from Forgotten Barrel out of Escondido, CA. The grapes come from high up on Lilac Ridge in Valley Center. This is a very robust wine that needs to breathe. It’s big, jammy with a great mouthfeel …. absolutely delicious! Very New World in style. Some feel 2018 is more Old World in style but just as delicious. Both are $42 at the winery. I heard through the rumor mill that 2019 is even better but it’s still sitting in the barrel and for good reason.
The grapes are selected from three California regions: 44% Alexander Valley, 44% Sierra Foothills, and 12% Livermore Valley. The flavor profile is Licorice, black fruit, and cassis. I served this wine at two recent events and it was a favorite! You can purchase this wine at The Wine Store in Johns Creek.
Paso Robles, California
The wine, which was just revealed in June this year is rich, bold and tasty. This well-balanced wine has a plush texture with velvety smooth tannins and a lengthy finish. It’s a crowd-favorite. You can purchase this wine at Cabernet Steakhouse in Alpharetta.