Wine Picks for Valentine’s Day

V-Day Wine-Picks

Still need to find a gift for Valentine’s Day or a nice bottle to serve with dinner tonight? Consider one of these three wines, all sure to be an excellent match for the holiday.

Looking for a great value wine? Go with the Louis M. Martini cab from Sonoma Valley. It’s one of the sleeper hits of the year and a steal for the price. Is tonight the night for celebrating? Try a different kind of bubbly and go with the sparkling rosé from Schramsberg – the first California winery to produce sparkling wine in the French traditional method. Do you like splurging on Valentine’s Day? A Roessler pinot is certain to impress and deliver the goods.

Budget

2008 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley – $12

From the winery:

“Made to accentuate the high-toned, delightful fruits of Sonoma County’s vineyards, the wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, blackberry and fresh sage with an underlying dry creek dustiness. Subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a complex, yet easy to enjoy, wine.”

Bubbles

2007 Schramsberg Brut Rosé, North Coast California – $35

From the winery:

“Juicy strawberry jumps out of the glass, followed by raspberry and cherries. The berry bouquet is complimented by mandarin orange and papaya. The palate has exotic flavors of mango and cantaloupe, followed by mouth watering citrus. A juicy viscosity leads to a long, lingering finish.”

Splurge

2006 Roessler Ridges Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast – $55

From Wine Enthusiast:

“Tough and gritty in youth, this Pinot is showing edgy tannins, tart acidity and unincorporated oak. It’s almost like a barrel sample. But it’s stuffed with currant, licorice and mocha flavors, and should develop well in the bottle. Try after 2009.”

*I had a chance to try this wine last month and it is tasting quite well – the grit and edge noted above seems to have developed into a smooth, well-rounded wine with big and complex fruit throughout.

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