Three new wines I discovered and recommend…
Everyday Value: Rocca delle Macie I.G.T. Sasyr, 2006 (about $17) – 60% Sangiovese, 40% Syrah with smooth, ripe new world fruit just bursting from the glass – this easy drinking wine will please those looking for a great everyday wine to go with just about anything on the dinner table. Rocca delle Macie is one of the leading producers of Chianti Classico, as well.
Premium: Kunin Central Coast Pape Star, 2006 (about $23) – 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mouvedre – this small producer from California’s Central Coast area (most Santa Barbara wines) is making some kick-butt wines from small vineyard parcels scattered around his region. A strong focus on what grows best in this area (Zins and Rhone varietals) makes Seth Kunin’s wines a sure stand out for me. This wine has great mouth-feel and body with a juicy, plush fruit component that comes out after a quick decanting. A modern Rhone Ranger.
Ultra Premium: Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, 2005 (about $90) – 90% Cab Sauv with small amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc and Petite Verdot, 22 months in new French barriques - loaded with huge Cabernet flavors of dark plum and blackberries with a smooth juicy core of sweet oak and tannins. This wine will age wonderfully over the next 15 years. Great estate from Sonoma. (Also try their Roth Cabernet at about $50)