BELLE GLOS LAS ALTURAS PINOT NOIR USA $62.99 102988 The Santa Lucia Highlands, with the morning fog cover that comes in off the central coast, are ideal for cool-climate grapes. Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir thrives here. Expect a dense, powerful palate of wild berries, black cherry cola, milk chocolate and hints of nutmeg.
KLINKER BRICK LODI OLD VINE ZINFANDEL USA $30.99 174045 The unofficial Zinfandel capital of the world, Lodi is responsible for 40 percent of this varietal’s output in California. This is where Klinker Brick’s old vines produce ripe, full-bodied fruit with bold plum, blueberry and raspberry flavours. Accents of coconut, vanilla and spiced oak add depth to this smooth wine.
AUSTIN HOPE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON
USA $73.99 234347 On the southern end of California’s Central Coast is Paso Robles, a large warm-climate wine region famed for bold red varietals. Austin Hope’s Cabernet Sauvignon sets the pace with powerful black cherry fruit and refined mocha, subtle licorice and brown sugar accents.
SONOMA-CUTRER RUSSIAN RIVER RANCHES CHARDONNAY USA $28.99 359505 Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Russian River is one of California’s coolest and foggiest American Viticultural Areas (AVA), ideal for Chardonnay. Sonoma Cutrer bursts with citrus, white peaches, Honeycrisp apples and delicate traces of roasted hazelnut and vanilla.
STAGS’ LEAP PETITE SIRAH USA $48.99 433052 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon beat Château Mouton Rothschild to win top red wine in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting thereby making the Napa Valley a household name. Their Petite Sirah is a treat of baked plums, peppery herbs, leather and cocoa powder.
CAKEBREAD CELLARS NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC USA $56.99 191429 Ranked one of the finest Napa Valley wine regions, Rutherford is distinguished for its alluvial soils. Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc imparts sweet citrus, pink grapefruit and honeydew interwoven with freshly cut hay and stony minerality.
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