NV Pere Ventura Cava Tresor Brut Nature. ($15). Very satisfying sparkler with rounded fruit and a long, minerally finish. An all-purpose bubbly, very good for sipping or with food. Try.
NV Poema Cava Brut. ($13). Quite nice, almost Champagne-like in its textures and flavors. Buy.
2007 Craggy Range “Le Sol” Gimblett Gravels. ($90). I’ve long believed that Gimblett Gravels is one of the world’s best terroirs for producing full, rich reds – Merlots, Cabs and Syrah – as this one is. I also believe Craggy Range’s Steve Smith is one of the world’s most-versatile winemakers. So – surprise! – I love this one. It’s an upper-Rhone style with rich, deep, cakey blackberry and cranberry flavors. Intense and earthy, yet surprising juicy at the same time. Very mild tannins. For people who can appreciate and afford fine wines, a Strong Buy.
2007 Li Velli Passamante Salento IGT Negroamaro. ($12). Very nice, full-flavored black raspberry tastes with hints of chocolate. Gets a bit “grapey” on the finish as the wine in the bottle disappears. A very good Possibility.
2007 Corison “Corazón” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. ($24). A gift from a friend and somewhat hard to find. But is you do, it’s a beautiful little wine with a delicate, soft core of maraschino cherries with good acidity and a fine chalky, creamy finish. Try.
2008 John-Paul Thévenet Vieilles Vignes Morgon. ($25). Light raspberry flavors with some gamey, root-cellar aromas and flavors. Tightness in the finish. As I drank, I kept wanting a little more from this wine. Pass.
Until next time...