Lake County has made a play to become the inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc capital of California, and this wine shows why. Stephen Vincent is a Sonoma négociant who finds wines that have already been made and then buys them to bottle under his brand. This wine is filled with jazzy flavors of ripe figs, white peaches, lime zest and dusty Oriental spices. It’s clean and…
Lots of rich pineapple, buttered toast, vanilla and cinnamon spice flavors in this Chard. It’s made in an uncomplicated style to appeal to consumers who have made this kind of Chardonnay the most popular wine in America.
This is a Rhôneaux blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s a really nice wine. Smooth and polished, it has a ripe array of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors enriched with spicy oak. This is an especially good price.
It’s hard to find a Pinot at this price that shows real sophistication, but Stephen Vincent tries hard. The wine is racy and silky, with coastal elegance. Its cherry, licorice and cola flavors have a little kiss of oak.
One of the first 2008 Pinots to be released, this fresh young wine has Beaujolais Nouveau-like flavors of freshly crushed cherries, with tangy acidity. It’s a fun wine to drink with a juicy cheeseburger.
These Lake County Sauvignon Blancs can be really good values, and this one definitely is. With its juicy flavors of citrus, fig, white peach and vanilla, and bright, crisp acids, it’s a fine cocktail wine, and versatile with food.