We featured some incredible wines this week on our @RedWineWithBreakfast Instagram page this week. Here are a few notes on our favorites.
I am such a huge fan of Nebbiolo from Barolo and have loved the wines from Ricossa since I had a chance to visit the Piemonte region with them several years ago. Italian reds with holiday meals just go hand in hand. Ricossa produces what I think are more approachable Barolo and Barbaresco wines, from Nebbiolo, than some in the region, with softer, more subdued tannins that make their wines ready to enjoy upon release with dried tobacco, black fruit, and earthiness. $40, available at winechateau.com.
Wines of Bordeaux are perfect this time of year, and I have a special place in my heart for the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank.
We featured two this week, La Grange Neuve de Figeac St. Emilion Grand Cru, from the premier vineyards of the Right Bank. The second label for Chateau Figeac melding predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the two key Right Bank grapes, with a touch of Cab Sauv the wine was luscious, juicy and balanced with floral notes, blue and black fruit and a touch of spice from the oak aging. $49, available at Pogo’s.
Also from the Right Bank of Bordeaux, from the sub-region of Fronsac, Chateau La Grave biodynamically grown Bordeaux from Vignobles Paul Barre. 80% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and a touch of Malbec, the ripe black cherry, blackberry and plum filled wine is ideal for pairing with grilled lamb or steaks, with soft and nicely integrated tannins. $30, available here.
If Napa Cabernet is more your flavor, Flora Springs delivers consistently with their Trilogy blend. Just releasing the 2014 vintage of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Malbec and Petit Verdot, this exceptional vintage Napa Cabernet wine is lively and ripe with black and red cherry, mocha and espresso notes. Always a special bottle. $80, available via their website to ship in February. The 2012 is available at Goody-Goody now.