Christmas Gifts - 12/16/15 | WYPR

Christmas Gifts - 12/16/15

Dec 16, 2015

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Unoaked Chardonnay:  Four Vines Naked Chardonnay '13  ** $
(Really nice clean chardonnay flavor, for peanuts)

California Chardonnay:  Beringer "Luminus" Chardonnay '13 *** $$
(At $25 this is a huge steal; great classic California chard flavors)

Bargain Cabernet Sauvignon:  Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon '13 **1/2 $    
(From Paso Robles, a very well blended cab with great flavor)

Splurge Cabernet Sauvignon:  Croze Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon '11 *** $$
(Classy, concentrated Napa cab, covered with Rutherford dust)

Bargain Pinot Noir:   Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir '13 ** $
(Surprisingly good pinot for the money; authentic and rewarding to drink)

Splurge Pinot Noir:  Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir, RRV '12 *** $$$
(Sourced from one of the best pinot vineyards in California)

Spanish Red:   La Rioja Alta Alberdi Reseva '07 **1/2 $$
(Good value for very mature Rioja, a crowd pleaser)

Italian Red:    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco '10 *** $$
(Pricy, but totally worth it; great Barbaresco with tons of character)

French White:  Chateau de la Raz Bergerac '14 **1/2 $
(Super value in white Bordeaux; intense, concentrated, likeable wine)

Maryland Wine:  Bordeleau Merlot NV ** $
(This has become a very steady quality merlot from the Eastern Shore)

Dessert Wine:  Ferreira Ruby Port *** $
(As simple ruby ports go, this is as good as it gets.  Fabulous)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
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