Wine writer Peg Melnik does a recap of some of the tastiest bottlings of 2013, and these are wines to truly celebrate during the holidays.
TOP PICK: Domaine Carneros, 2009 Estate Brut, 12 percent alcohol, $32. 4 1/2 stars
An elegant sparkler with depth. It's floral, with notes of grapefruit, lemon and yeast. It has a creamy texture and nice length. Lovely.
Other impressive bottlings:
Bedrock Wine Co., 2012 Ode to Lulu California Rosé, 12.3 percent, $22. 4 stars
An elegant rosé with depth and complexity. Has an underlying smoky, herb quality, with notes of watermelon and mineral. Impressive.
Novy Family Winery, 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 13.5 percent alcohol, $19. 4 stars
A toasty chardonnay with a creamy texture. Bright, vibrant and rich with layered flavors of apple, spice and a touch of crème brulee. Striking.
Davis Bynum, 2011 Jane's Vineyard Garfield Block, Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $35. 4 stars
A tangy pinot with explosive cherry/berry fruit. Complex, with notes of herbs, cinnamon and pepper. Bright acidity. A standout.
Pedroncelli, 2012 Signature Collection, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir. 3 1/2 stars
A crisp pinot noir with good acidity and tangy red fruit flavors. Notes of bright cherry, a hint of cranberry and sweet oak in the mix. As a value red, it's a standout.
Arrowood, 2011 Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley Viognier, 14.5 percent, at $30. 4 stars
This tasty viognier is layered with tasty aromas and flavors. Notes of white peach, nectarine, apricot and honeysuckle. This is a great wine to uncork with your pumpkin pie and for that reason, an irresistible holiday pick.
Enotria, 2010 Mendocino County Barbera, 14.5 percent, $17. 4 stars
It doesn't get any better for barbera than this. Feisty red fruit, smoky, meaty, with a crisp finish. This striking red is particularly impressive for the price, and it's a great holiday pick.
Las Rocas, 2012 de San Alejandro Rosé, Calatayud, Spain, 13.5 percent, $12. 3 1/2 stars
Las Rocas is where bright red fruit meets sassy spice. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry and snappy spice. This is a clean, fruit-forward rosé, crafted from garnacha grapes grown in high-altitude vineyards. It's full-bodied and elegant with a fruity finish. What's more, the $12 price tag makes it a steal.