Let’s welcome 2018 with these finest wines
If you are wine lover then this article belongs to you. As we all know that New Year’s Eve is upon us, it’s time to make a toast to the good things in life. Let’s celebrate this New Year with these perfect wines.
La Follette 2011 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Winemaker Greg La Follette is one of California’s foremost vintners of fine Pinot Noir, and after decades of making top-scoring wines for others (Flowers, De Loach et al), he launched La Follette Wines a few years ago to focus on a handful of single vineyard sites he has worked with over the years. The La Follette Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir is made using only wild (native) yeasts and is a fragrant, beautifully complex expression of this exceptional cool-climate vineyard.
2010 Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley ($49)
This terrific wine is layered with apple, pear and quince aromas and flavours. Its rich fruit coats the palate and its integrated acidity gives it a long, balanced finish. It’s clear the French judges were correct: Chateau Montelena makes world-class chardonnay.
Ravenswood Belloni Vineyard Zinfandel 2003, Sonoma ($30)
The Belloni single vineyard contains some of the county’s oldest Zin vines. The chocolatey-fig flavours and scents are rich, and the finish is endless.
B.R. Cohn 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Olive Hill Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($55)
B.R. Cohn’s Olive Hill Estate vineyard is an anomaly in Sonoma Valley in that it has an underground hot spring running beneath it that warms the soils and contributes to a distinctive terroir that results in low crop yields with very small berries that are deeply concentrated in flavour and extraordinarily complex.