We are in a state of limbo as temperatures fluctuate between seasons. For now, everything goes – red, white and pink. It’s a good idea to keep the trio on hand to uncork while Mother Nature settles into fall. It’s never a smooth transition from sandals to boots, crisp whites to hearty reds. When in doubt, uncork everything.
Rodney Strong, 2014 Cooley Ranch, North Coast, Sonoma County Syrah, 14.5%, $30. A complex syrah with a range of flavors – cassis, blackberry toast and espresso. A unique style of syrah, less boisterous, more supple.
Merriam Vineyard, 2016 Russian River Valley, Rosé of Pinot Noir, 13.6%, 20. This is a pretty rosé with tangy cherry coupled with mineral. Its crisp acidity and tart fruit makes it a knockout. Well crafted.
Amapola Creek, 2013 Monte Rosso Vineyards, Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, 16%, $48. An earthy, layered zin with a range of flavors. A bit meaty, with notes of black cherry and pepper. Well crafted. Impressive.
Quivira Vineyard, 2016 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, $17. A dry sauvignon blanc with zesty fruit. Notes of peach, grass and a hint of vanilla. Generous fruit. Bright acid. Pretty.
Presqu’ile, 2016 Santa Maria Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13.3%, $22. A grassy sauvignon blanc with bright, tangy aromas of lemongrass and fresh squeezed lime. Slightly softer on the palate with notes of honeydew and herbs. Zesty.