With an eye to Sunday’s Academy Awards, here’s a list of wines to have on hand for fans. They can uncork them to toast their nominee’s win or to drown their sorrows if they don’t. These bottlings are a selection of wines that fared well in tastings over the past year.
Roederer Estate, NV Anderson Valley Brut, 12% $24. This sparkler’s beauty is in its restraint. It’s elegant, with notes of mineral, citrus and high-toned lemon. It’s also rich, with brioche, yet manages to strike a perfect balance. Finishes crisp.
Schramsberg Vineyards, 2012 Blanc de Noirs, $40. A tasty sparkler with a range of flavors: cherry, strawberry, tangerine and bread dough. Crisp acidity. Nice length.
River Road, 2014 Mills Cuvee, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14.2 percent, $21. This tasty chardonnay has so much going on, with aromas and flavors of apricot, mango, toast and crème brulee. Its blousy style will definitely turn heads of chardonnay-lovers. A steal for the quality.
Merry Edwards, 2013 Meredith Estate Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.4%, $60. This pinot is full-bodied with bold black fruit and bright acidity. It’s ripe, but not overly so. Supple, with a great mouth-feel. Impressive.
Rodney Strong, 2014 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 13.5%, $13. A lovely chardonnay with layered flavors of apple, pea and even a hint of pineapple. Well crafted.