I am sure many of you are steeling yourselves for a dry January but February will be here soon enough and you’ll want to get started on your wine resolutions ( Eight Wines You Have To Try in 2019 )—one of which should be to try a new wine style or varietal.
Eight Wines You Have To Try in 2019
Wine monogamy is frankly boring and represents a squandered opportunity to taste and explore the stunning breadth of wine available in the world today.
Make 2019 all about playing the field—below is a fully vetted (by yours truly and my crack team of ordinary wine drinkers) list to get you started.
Here is the list of Eight Wines You Have To Try in 2019 …
Top Taste Casadei Signo Mediterraneo 2016:
This is the first on this list of Eight Wines You Have To Try in 2019
Fred Cline of Cline teamed up with Italian winemaker Stefano Casadei to import Casadei’s wines. This spot on red blend drinks like a perfect hybrid of the best of the old and the new world with savory, earthy slightly volatile acidity dancing on the palate woven into a bounty of ripe, silky red fruits.
Casadei created BioIntegrale, a philosophy that leads with Biodynamics but also incorporates modern science. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre and a deal at $19.99.
Cosimo Taurino Notarpanaro Negroamaro, 2010:
This wine arrived via a specialty Italian wine club (Bergamot Cellars) and kudos to Bergamot’s founders and owners Kevin and Sarah Wardell for sleuthing out this polished, rustically elegant wine made from Negroamaro (not typically a fancy winemaking grape).
Sour cherry, sweet spices and a juicy savory finish that makes food and appealing partner. If you like this one, give a full club shipment a try (a great way to expose yourself to unusual hard-to-find wines with minimal effort on your part) www.bergamotwineclub.com
Bonterra The Roost Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016:
Winemaker Jeff Cichocki onthe farms these Bonterra selections biodynamically—which translates into the immense effort in the vineyards. Says, Cichocki, “Biodynamic farming takes a holistic view of the vineyard as a harmonious ecosystem, one that supports the health of our vines, and ultimately the quality of our wine.
This one is named for blue heron nesting site, with its savory mouthwatering profile and heaps of ripe apple and lemon cream on the palate it’s a crowd pleaser for sure.
Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016:
A single vineyard Chardonnay with exceptional finesse and elegance on the palate. Whole cluster pressed, made with minimal intervention. The palate sings with lemony ginger and apple notes with a fresh aromatic botanical edge.
A raft of 90+ scores and Brewer-Clifton’s history of making exceptional wines, make this California Chardonnay a heck of a deal for $36.
Clif Family Croquet Vineyard Howell Mountain, 2015:
Clif Family wines have long been some of my favorite Calfornia selections—well-made with a nod towards purity and balance.
The Croquet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is taut and intense with deeply concentrated notes of black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and a dusting of cedar. It begs for a steak; this is a wine you won’t long forget.
Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut, 2014:
Founding Winemaker and CEO Eileen Crane have been with this California winery for 30 years.
Her skill and expertise show in every bottle
especially the Ultra Brut which
because it has very little added sugar
requires a deft touch with winemaking.
This one is vibrant, piercing and fresh with citrusy top notes and a mouthwatering finish.
Chateau Cap Leon Veyrin Listrac-Medoc Cru Bourgeois, 2015:
This is a family own(ed) Bordeaux winery that is going on its 6th generation. The Cru Bourgeois designation is one of my favorite signs of quality, as these wines must all be tested each year to qualify as Cru Bourgeois.
Rich and silky with dominant ripe black cherry and mocha notes supported by earthy spice and medium tannins; it’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot.
Arinzano Agricultura Biológica Merlot 2015:
This dense and richly concentrate(d) wine is the first-ever organic Merlot bottling from Arinzano, a winery that is one of the select 17 official Vinos de Pago (DOP) estates in Spain-Spain’s highest designation for winemaking.
Heaps of dark black cherry fruit balance nicely with the tannins and structure. It drinks with power but manages to remain elegant and polished on the palate.
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