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.
<b>TOP PICK: Domaine Carneros, 2009 Estate Brut, 12 percent alcohol, $32. 4 1/2 stars</b>
An elegant sparkler with depth. It's floral, with notes of grapefruit, lemon and yeast. It has a creamy texture and nice length. Lovely.
<b>Other impressive bottlings:</b>
<b>Bedrock Wine Co., 2012 Ode to Lulu California Ros? 12.3 percent, $22. 4 stars</b>
An elegant ros?with depth and complexity. Has an underlying smoky, herb quality, with notes of watermelon and mineral. Impressive.
<b>Novy Family Winery, 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 13.5 percent alcohol, $19. 4 stars</b>
A toasty chardonnay with a creamy texture. Bright, vibrant and rich with layered flavors of apple, spice and a touch of cr?e brulee. Striking.
<b>Davis Bynum, 2011 Jane's Vineyard Garfield Block, Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $35. 4 stars</b>
A tangy pinot with explosive cherry/berry fruit. Complex, with notes of herbs, cinnamon and pepper. Bright acidity. A standout.