It is the first day of Spring, and while we may not see much sun today, the daffodils are blooming and the air feels a bit different from last month. Here’s a few wines to toast the new season.
La Luca, Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG $18
Quality Prosecco. Persistent bubbles and a fine perlage, elegant scents of wild roses and jasmine, fruity notes of golden apple and tropical fruits.
Pierre Cellier, Prestige Brut Champagne $35
30% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier
With beautiful aromatics of orchard fruits and brioche, the bubbles are relaxed yet precise, the texture is lush, and the finish is satisfying. The dosage is a little higher for a touch more body, 8 g/l.
Was $50, Now $35
2017 Cedergreen, Sauvignon Blanc $16
Light aromas of mineral, herb and citrus are followed by bright, fuller-styled, well-balanced fruit flavors that carry on the finish.
2019 La Fortezza, Falanghina del Sannio Taburno $18
This dry, fresh and zesty Falanghina is sourced from the Sannio area in Campania. Zesty on the nose as well with citrus peel, white florals and ripe pear aromas. Look for flavors of ripe peach, mandarin orange, tangy and spicy with a lingering fresh herb finish.
2015 Quinta da Muradella, Alanda Bianco $22
30% Doña Blanca, 30% Treixadura, 30% Verdello, 10% Monstruosa de Monterrei
This Spanish white has aged beautifully. The medium-bodied palate fills your mouth and coats its inside with fennel and wet stone flavors and a clean thread of fine acidity that makes it intense and long.
Was $32 Now $22
2016 Dashe, Les Enfants Terribles Grenache $15
Dry Creek Valley
The grapes come from a dry, rocky riverbed north of Healdsburg where nightly fogs help maintain high acidity. Low interference in the cellar and maturation in large barrels, leaves all the pretty minerality and luscious red berries on the nose and palate of this wine. Bright and lithe, the wine shows vibrant red fruit (raspberry, currant), peppery spice and dusky tannins. Native Fermentation. Was $28 now $15
2018 Pelissero, Dolcetto d’Alba Augenta $18
A single vineyard Dolcetto that stands out above a lot of others. Aromas of plums and sour cherries, fresh roses and mixed spices, Enveloping and juicy, with definite tannins and marked savoriness
2016 Paris Valley Road, Zinfandel $12
Paso Robles Zin. Juicy raspberry and bramble berries, Earthy notes of sage, saddle leather, and fresh tilled soil add complexity to this well-balanced and alluring wine. Plush tannins provide structure and elegance while framing the dark red fruit, finishing with just a kiss of oak.