Wines for the Holidays — What Will You Be drinking?

Wines for the HolidaysWhile contemplating what to drink for the holidays, our wine guys have put together a guide for you. It’s divided into low, middle, and high prices and gives a recommendation for one Chardonnay and one Pinot Noir in each category. This should simplify your shopping, and ensure some delicious wines for the holidays.

Hess Select 2015 Monterey Chardonnay

Monterey County, California $11.99
The Hess 352 acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard creates an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay, yielding wines with the signature lemon-lime and a touch of apple flavors of Monterey, tantalizing tropical notes and crisp acidity with just a bit of toasty oak keep our Chardonnay in balance.

This wine’s natural acidity compliments tangy, spicy foods and shows well with the richness of creamier dishes. This Chardonnay pairs well with Asian chicken salad or grilled albacore tuna with melted anchovy butter and lemon.

Caiden’s Vineyards 2016 Block Nine Pinot Noir
California $11.99
The 2016 growing season was generous is length and consistent temperatures. Flavors were strong at harvest and we think 2016 will prove to be a terrific vintage.

The 2016 Block Nine Pinot is beautifully long and rich in ripe cherry and berry flavors. The aromas exhibit generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, plum, tea, and a hint of clove. Flavorful and silky in the mouth with good body, this wine is seductive showing wild cherries and a hint of sandalwood to complete its complex finish.

Bourgogne Les Setilles 2015 Oliver

Leflaive, France $24.99
The Leflaive family has been rooted in Puligny Montrachet since 1717. The wine is stemming from the blending of about sixty plots located on the village of Puligny and also in Meursault.

The aromas of white flowers, peach, grilled almond and lemon peel dominate on a mineral background. The attack is full and warm on the palate with a lively and greedy finish.

Ideal during the aperitif, with charcuteries, or goat cheeses

Joseph Drouhin 2014 Chorey-Les-Beaune Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France France $29.99
A very pleasant wine. Bright, clear red color. Aromas are surprising in their intensity and fruit. On the palate, a tender, supple, graceful, round body. Very flavorful in the aftertaste, with a hint of blackberry jam. When the wine gets older, wild blackberry is the dominant aroma. After three or five years, the wine takes on a distinctive smell of truffle and undergrowth evolving towards notes of venison.

Chorey needs a fine but simple cuisine, pair with roasted poultry, grilled meats, and soft cheese such as Reblochon or Brie.

Shafer Vineyards 2015 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Napa Valley, California $57.99
The 2015 vintage endowed this Chardonnay with a profusion of exotic, fresh aromas and flavors – honeydew melon, pineapple, plantains, honey, creme brulee, and mandarin peel – all made more enticing with bright acidity and a long, rich finish.

Always impressive in its grasp of power and grace, this white is memorable from start to finish, beginning with a dark golden-hay color that dazzles in the glass. A strong floral component of jasmine invites on the nose, while sparkling acidity maintains a freshness amidst the integrated oak and delicious flavors of honeyed pear and crème brûlée.

Morgan Winery 2015 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands $64.99
The Double L Vineyard’s location in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is widely regarded as one of the best spots for growing top flight Pinot Noir. The lower than normal rainfall totals of 2015 and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2015 vintage was uniformly excellent.

Morgan’s 2015 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of raspberry, black berry, and nutmeg with a hint of caramel. Flavors of black cherry cola, cedar, and pomegranate are backed by a touch of sweet backing spices and structuring tannins. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.

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