November is an American month, after all there is an election, there is Thanksgiving and there is football. Something for everybody determined by your psychological make-up. Which of course means that this week’s wine selections are as American as it gets.
Taft Street Chardonnay 2012 –this vintage was noted for mature flavors at relatively low sugars, leading to crisp whites with bright acidity and low alcohol. This wine has a delightfully creamy combination of soft lime and citrus flavors. The result is a bright, fruit-forward wine with hints of toasted almond in the very long finish. Might be a good choice with the bird.$19.99
Etesian Pinot Noir 2011 – The Etesian wind tempers the warm days of summer in the eastern Mediterranean. Similarly, in California the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean cools the vineyards of Sonoma, promoting superb natural balance and well-developed flavors in these Pinot Noir grapes. The nose opens with spicy black cherry and earth with cedar and blackberry. These notes continue on to the mouth with spice and jammy black cherry with toasty oak and bramble. Pairs well alongside grilled meats, including rack of lamb, duck breast and steak. Try with dishes that contain fresh herbs, braised greens, roasted mushrooms or figs. $19.99
Aviary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 –this wine is deep ruby in color, opening with aromas of black berries, dried plums, cigar box, and a hint of pepper. The broad mid-palate is rich and balanced with flavors of plum, currant, and black tea. The grapes are picked a few weeks early to minimize sugar levels, which in turn produces more elegant wines with lower alcohols. Softer tannins give this Cabernet Sauvignon definition and structure in a more delicate and approachable style than you will find in some of the overpowering 2012 Napa Valley Cabs. A perfect wine to enjoy both on its own and with food. $19.98