Do you have W2s, 1099s and receipts on the brain? Tax season is relentless and requires a respite from calculators altogether. Time to uncork a tax crunch red and call it a day. Here are five wines that are $20 and under, smart buys for the taxed.
Trentadue, 2014 Alexander Valley Estate Zinfandel, 14.8%, $18. A tasty, full-bodied zin with a nice dollop of petite sirah. Aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, vanilla and a hint of brown sugar. Crisp acidity. Smoky finish. It has an interesting breakdown — 76% zin; 14% petite sirah; 5% syrah; 5% carignane.
Pedroncelli, 2014 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.9%, $18. Enticing aromas, with a great concentration of fruit on the palate. Aromas and flavors of black plum, blackberry, chocolate and cracked black pepper. Spicy finish.
Cline, 2015 Ancient Vines Zinfandel, 15% $20. A softer take on zin. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and mocha. Ripe fruit. Seamless texture. It’s not a powerhouse by any stretch, but it’s a very tasty version of zin.
Alamos, 2015 Mendoza, Argentina Malbec, 13.5%, $10. A Malbec with nice backbone, yet manages to be fleshy. Aromas of anise and cherry follow through on the palate. Nice length. What makes it a standout is its generous fruit, its great acid and price for the quality.
Arrowood, 2014 Sonoma Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5%, $15. A soft cab with a seamless texture. Has some nice fruit — black cherry and plum — coupled with herbs and spice. Nice length.
Investiture of SSU President Judy Sakaki
When: April 20
Where: Green Music Center at SSU, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Highlights: Mini-conference, ceremony, reception, evening concert
Sakaki Life Exhibit: “I am because....” an exploraton of the people and events who shaped Judy Sakaki, on display in the University Library Gallery during open hours through July 31
For more information or free tickets to all events: Sonoma.edu/investiture, 707-664-3447