Five pricey wines to toast Auction Napa Valley
With an eye to Auction Napa Valley, here’s a compilation of some favorites for those with plenty of disposable income. These bottlings are splurge wines for sure, so uncork them when you have time, the unrushed version.
Arista, 2014 Mononi Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.9%, $75. This pinot noir is drop dead gorgeous with deep cherry flavors and notes of cola and smoke. It’s generous, packed with fruit, a touch earthy and has great intensity. It’s a knockout.
Marimar Estate, 2013 Cristina Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 13.9%, $65. Aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, toast and a hint of clove. Bright acidity. Great balance. A savory pinot.
Porter Creek, 2014 Fiona Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 13.9% $46. A fleshy pinot with notes of berry, herb and pepper. Supple mouth-feel. Lingering finish. Balanced.
Carlisle, 2015 Montafi Ranch, Sonoma County Russian River Valley Zinfandel, 15%, $47. A zin with depth and gorgeous fruit. Weighted to red fruit – cherry with an edgy note of cranberry. Nice length. Well crafted. Striking.
Arietta, 2014 On The White Keys, California White Wine, 14.9%, $63. This is a gorgeous white and what makes it a standout is its depth of flavors. Notes of grapefruit, mineral and a quench of lime. It’s vibrant. Top rate.