Laird Family ‘Big Ranch’ Sauvignon Blanc
The Laird Family has the distinction of being the largest family own producer in Napa Valley. Their Big Ranch Sauvignon Blanc is one of my absolute favorite Cali Sauvignon Blancs. 100% Stainless Steel fermentation. This one has a very alluring aromatic profile- think pineapple, asian pear, or honeysuckle. The palate is medium bodied with more tropical fruit flavors and a delicate undercurrent of flinty rocks and minerals. The finish is herbal and sustained. Pair with Asian cuisine. Would do well with garlic butter and prawns or younger goat cheeses as well.
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Another one of my personal favorites. Jim Clendenen is one of the true stars of the California Wine world. His Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are some of the best you’ll find from Santa Barbara, which puts them high in the running for some of the best in the world in my book. The 2012’s are going to produce a knock out vintage throughout California even at these price points. This one is a barrel fermented (French Barrels) and has that classic California full body and weight. Great tree fruit flavors on the palate with a bright finish.
Foxglove is the entry-level négociant line from the Varner Brothers, Bob and Jim. Sourced from fruit in the Paso Robles AVA, the 2012 Zinfandel has a springy, berry character. Generous bodied, moderate alcohol style wine with lively freshness. Soft and smooth tannins that leave a great taste on the palate with that classic Zin spice. Pair with burgers and fries, or other bar foods.
Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon
For those of you familiar with the Foxglove label and the Cabernet more specifically will know this wine never disappoints. Generally this is a very fruit forward style Cabernet. There is a balance and polish to this wine that is hard to beat. The refinement here definitely belies the price. Pairs well with softer cheeses, root vegetables and cheesy potatoes.