Insider Picks

We feature hundreds of wines in this issue, so what should you try first?

Published: 3/20/2018

We feature hundreds of wines in this issue, so what should you try first? We asked Touring & Tasting’s Wine Director for his favorites from our featured wineries, and here’s what he recommends.

 

 

TOP SHELF 
Highly Collectible Wines with a Retail Price of $51 or More

2014 CORLEY RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Expressive aromas of dark berries, cassis, mocha, and hints of sweet toasted vanilla oak and spice tones. On the palate, the wine is richly textured and balanced with dark ripe flavors, full body, and robust tannins.
$90 | corleyfamilynapavalley.com

2014 ROMBAUER DIAMOND SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Elegantly balanced! Aromas of blackberries, cassis, and black cherry combine seamlessly with sweet notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, and tobacco. Ripe and soft palate, with pronounced black cherry and a hint of cocoa powder. Wine Spectator 93 pts
$100 | rombauer.com

2014 ANABA WESTLANDS PINOT NOIR

Profoundly aromatic, notes of tart cherry, spice, cedar box, and dried rose petals give way to a structured palate of wild raspberries, bay laurel, and savory spices. The wine is delight-fully delicate and refined— a tribute to old-world influences Wine Advocate 93 pts
$54 | anabawines.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CELLAR SUPERSTAR 

Ageworthy Wines with a Retail Price of $26 to $50

NV GLORIA FERRER BRUT ROSÉ

This lovely sparkler is 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay. Aroma of rose petals, fruity flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and a flourish of orange. Wine Enthusiast 90 pts.

$50 | gloriaferrer.com

2015 TALLEY ESTATE PINOT NOIR

Translucent garnet in hue and expressive of the distinct character of the Arroyo Grande Valley, which produces structured Pinot Noir with strong mineral notes.
$36 | talleyvineyards.com

2016 HARNEY LANE CHARDONNAY
Harney Lane’s Chardonnay is 100 percent estate grown and produced. This traditional style Chardonnay is aged for 10 months in French Oak barrels creating a perfect balance of beautiful fruit and acidity that is complemented by a creamy full-bodied finish.

$27 | harneylane.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BEST BUYS 
Wines with a Retail Price of $25 or Less

2013 ANDIS ESTATE ZINFANDEL

Fruit flavors of dried berries, boysenberries, and blackberries are followed nicely with hints of coffee and oak. Great with a blue cheeseburger or hearty spaghetti.
$25 | andiswines.com

2016 MARYHILL PINOT GRIS

Rich nectarine and pear notes mingled with honey. Crisp fruit flavor is delivered at the front of the palate, while a slight cream texture fills the finish.
$16 | maryhillwinery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As seen in the issue Spring 2018 of Touring & Tasting Magazine.

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