Robert Mondavi, 2005
Napa Valley, California
The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its origins to western France in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux Regions. At some point in the 18th century, the vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux. The first cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc were brought to California in the 1880’s. In 1968, Robert Mondavi decided to try to tame the aggressive flavors of the grape with barrel agings and released the wine under the name Fumé Blanc as an allusion to the French Pouilly-Fumé.
Jasmine-tinged aromas lead to fresh melon and pear flavors enlivened with a hint of orange and complex floral and mineral notes. Beautiful balance of crisp acidity and creamy texture from sur lie aging.
$7.00 / glass
$28.00 / bottle
Red Diamond, 2004
Columbia Valley, Washington
Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
The 2004 season started hot and dry, which contributed to early ripening. Cool temperatures and intermittent light rain slowed ripening and allowed the grapes to enjoy extra hang time by mid-September. Warm temperatures and dry weather resumed in early fall through harvest’s end. Overall the 2004 harvest is characterized by small berry size and concentrated, quality fruit.
Our staff unanimously agrees: You will not find a better tasting, finer quality American “bargain” wine. Aromas of cherries and cola with hints of spice box introduce this Merlot. The silky palate displays flavors of red cherry, juicy berries and a touch of caramel and mocha.
Merlot for people who don’t drink Merlot.
$4.50 / glass
$18.00 / bottle