Natalie MacLean's Wines of the Week for Feb. 9, 2015
Maipo Valley, Chile
Spectacular: words fail. Gorgeous depths of black fruit, dried tobacco and herbs, violets and inexplicable happiness. Full-bodied with voluptuous layers of liquid velvet to caress and please the palate. This is a lifetime experience not to miss.
Floral loveliness in a glass! Aromas of lychee, rose petal and white daisies after spring rain. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Finishes with a lovely note of fresh peach. This is a white wine blend of Moscato, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Pair with mild curries and spices.
Napa Valley, California
The 2011 vintage was a tough one for many regions, including Napa Valley. This stalwart Cabernet Sauvignon still delivers, though the fruit is more restrained than in warmer years. Good balance and lots of acidity for prime rib. Decant 1 hour.
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Full-bodied with great structure, depth, complexity and elegance. Aromas of subtle dark fruit and smoke. Long finish. Classic Californian Cabernet.
Monterey County, Central Coast, California
Stunning, especially at this price! Butterscotch, green apple and luscious layers of Asian pear. Full-bodied yet superbly balanced and food-friendly. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken and lobster in butter.