Wine(s) of the Week – Late summer sippers
Sancerre is the flagship of Loire Valley wines and this vineyard’s history dates to 1963. Today, this winery’s export, Le P’tit Loire 2014, is 60 percent of business and it is from about 100 different growers. It’s a pale yellow with a nose of peaches, lemon and elderflower. Crisp and fresh, dry and light, as summer sippers should be!
Sbraga Family Vineyards Home Ranch Chardonnnay 2014
This Sbraga Family Vineyards wine comes from Dry Creek Valley and received 93 points from Robert Parker, Jr. It’s aged in 50 percent new and 50 percent older oak and is buttery with hints of fruits – tangerine and pineapple, plus honeysuckle. The medium, full-bodied wine won a 2016 Winemakers Challenge gold medal and over the years, has received consistently high ratings from wine critics. We tasted it and the first word that came to mind was “wow!” It’s a winner and an excellent value.
Vivanco Crianza 2012
This 100 percent Tempranillo, Vivanco Crianza 2012, comes from Spain and was a gold medal winner in Concour Mondial de Bruxelles this year. The vines, from Briones, Riona Alta, are 15 to 20 years old on average and aged about 16 months in French and American oak barrels. It’s a bright cherry color with aromas of rip red fruit, notes of spice and licorice, and toasty. The winery is in Briones on the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria and on the banks of the River Ebro. It is an area with a mild microclimate and extraordinary chalky-clay soils, the winemakers explain, with “diverse” grape growing conditions. Tempranillo likes cool nights and slow ripening. The results are well worth waiting for – this is another bottle that deserves to be on by the glass and full wine lists!