Woman on Wine
with Amy Reiley
September is California Wine Month. Unlike many wine writers whose careers were sparked by a love affair with some European wine region, (usually Burgundy, Bordeaux, Germany or Austria), my first wines came from the Golden State. The Sonoma Chardonnays my parents drank when I was a kid became my introduction to the world of the fermented grape. It was the terroir of the Russian River that taught me to love Pinot Noir. Even my first Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese and Charbono came from California. So I’m celebrating this September with 5 wine recommendations that are classic representatives of California wine.
Schramsberg NV Mirabelle Brut Rosé
A fresh and vibrant wine meant to be drunk right away, it’s crying for you to pop a cork. Its flavors are bright strawberry, as is the color. A dry finish gives it elegance, making this a great choice for brunch or dinner.
Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer
This is a pretty little wine. It’s simple, but it has great weight. The flavor offers light sweetness, like apricots in honey syrup. A bitter orange note at the finish is a pleasant surprise.
2014 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
This is the kind of Sauvignon Blanc that walks the line between fruity and herbaceous. Stone fruit and citrus flavors make it approachable and floral and herbal notes give it intrigue.
2012 Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Dijon Clone 667 Pinot Noir
Medium red in color with medium intensity, this is the kind of Pinot Noir anyone could appreciate. Its flavors are of black plum and cassis with hints of coffee. It finishes smooth with a lovely, earthy something.
2012 Nine Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a huge, plush wine with tons of fruit and spice. On the nose, there’s a complex array of floral, citrus and earthy notes. In the mouth, there’s dark fruits, clove, anise, caramel and a lovely earthiness that carries through to the finish.
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