New England Wine & Spirits
Saturday October 13th
1:00 to 4:00
1. Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa NH $16.99 Sale $13.99
2. Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay NH $44.99 Sale $34.99
This Chardonnay is a wine of distinction, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon peel and orange blossom framed by an herbal note of spearmint. The elegant, balanced palate is driven by citrus and stone fruit that carryover onto a long finish marked with the distinctive acidity of the Sonoma Coast.
3. Ch. Montelena Napa Chardonnay NH $49.99 Sale $35.97
This Chardonnay from Montelena is outstanding. Coming all from the Oak Knoll region of the Valley (the southern part) and aged in French oak, it offers terrific notes of pineapple, white flowers, some exotic citrus/tangerine character, and just a hint of tropical fruits. Clean, vibrant, impeccably balanced and with a great finish”(3/2018)
91 points Jeb Dunnuck
4. Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast NH $49.99 Sale $36.97
This wine is pale ruby-purple colored with a pronounced red currants and cranberries-scented nose with hints of rose hips, raspberry leaves and dried herbs plus a waft of fungi. Medium-bodied, delicately fruited and with beautifully pure cranberry and earth-inspired layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.
91 pts Robert Parker
5. Ridge Three Valleys Red Blend NH $29.99 Sale $19.97
Blend: 72% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 5% Grenache
Like Ridge Lytton Springs, this is not a Zinfandel, but rather a Zinfandel blend. Lots of berry fruits, bramble, spice-box and licorice in its medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured and delicious profile. An Outstanding Value.
6. Silverado Estate Napa Cabernet Sauvignon NH $46.99 Sale $27.97
“A very firm and silky red with plum and blackberry character. Chocolate and spice undertones. Medium to full body and fine and polished tannins. Lovely finish. Beautiful.”
93 pts--James Suckling
7. Honig Napa Cabernet Sauvignon NH $37.99 Sale $32.99
Brisk and energetic, the 2014 offers a good bit of nuance and aromatic complexity. The flavors are dark and intense, but the 2014 is very much medium in body, as these wines are. There is no shortage of muscle and power, especially at this level. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and herbs inform the muscular, virile finish.
8. Ch. Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon NH $55.99 Sale $39.99
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley release from Montelena has a beautiful bouquet that just jumps from the glass. Lovely notes of crème de cassis, violets, tobacco, and orange blossom all give way to a ripe, medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited Cabernet Sauvignon that shows the charm of the 2015 front and center. It will keep for 10-15 years.
92 pts—Jeb Dunnuck
9. Heitz Cellars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon NH $59.99 Sale $39.97
Heitz is known as one of the "old guard" of Napa, hewing to a classic and balanced style of Cabernet that's aged for half of its elevage in large oak ovals and tanks--the way it was in decades past.
Lovely aromas of blackcurrants and dark chocolate with hints of flowers. Ever so subtle. Medium full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Shows tension and focus. Drink or hold.
93 pts—Jeb Dunnuck