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Wine Gifts under $20
Alessandro Rivetto Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
On the nose, aromas of red fruit such as amarena and red cherries. Its flavor is powerful and persistent over time, and on the palate it is soft and balanced. In color, it is an intense and brilliant violet-ruby red, with extraordinarily rich extracts.
Bodegas Breca 2015
#29 of the Top 100 Wines of 2018
92 points Wine Spectator
Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027.
Charles Krug Chardonnay
The cool and foggy Carneros region is known for producing grapes with a natural balance of acidity and ripeness. Fruit was hand-picked in the cool night to ensure it reached the winery in pristine condition. This elegantly balanced, medium-bodied wine is half barrel fermented and aged sur-lie. The wine displays inviting notes of tropical fruit and citrus blossom on the nose that give way to peach and pear flavors on the palette.
Primarius Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir, a blend of all of our vineyard sources throughout Oregon, is a bright and lively expression of the 2015 vintage. Bright red fruits, citrus blossom and honeycomb aromatics are underscored by hints of candied violets and jasmine. The palate is lively, with flavors of rhubarb, wild strawberry and pie cherries and rounds out to a lingering finish accented with notes of cocoa powder and silky tannins.
Kris Sparkling Cuvee
KRIS Winemakers have combined modern technology and traditional winemaking artistry to handcraft an exquisite modern Italian expression of a fresh, crisp sparkling wine. The wine is characterized by delicate hints of citrus and pear and subtle floral undertones.
Domaine Houchart Provence Rose 2018
Wine Enthusiast top 100 Best Buy 2019
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Always an attractive wine, this release remains as reliable in this vintage. The classic blend is full and ripe, with a touch of caramel as well as raspberry flavors. Lightly textured and full of fruit, it is ready to drink.
Protea Chenin Blanc
Lively and fresh entry to the palate with stonefruit, peach and apricot. Crisp and zesty with some citrus notes adding vibrancy. Rounded, fleshy mid-palate with ample fruit character balanced by acidity. Gently lingering light finish.
Francis Ford Coppola Directors Cut Chardonnay
Using only Russian River Valley fruit, we crush the grapes whole-cluster and ferment entirely in French oak barrels to produce a wine with a seductive, round texture and notes of sweet vanilla. This technique also serves to highlight the green apple, honeysuckle and citrus flavors, which are the hallmark of Russian River vineyards.
Wine Gifts for $20 and up
Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend
92 Points Wine Spectator an Wine Enthusiast
“We affectionately call this wine ‘Tamer’ because blending Lion Tamer is both challenging and rewarding especially when you start with Malbec as the core. Malbec on its own brings heady, floral aromas of violets and can be what I call the wild child. Big, bold and juicy upon entry, Malbec is virtually loaded with flavor. When you layer in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, you get complex layers of blackberries, milk chocolate, black plums and exotic perfume that carry throughout a plush texture and a ripe juicy core of black fruits. The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points Wine Spectator
“Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is plush in texture with heady aromas of blackberries, black cherries and notes of freshly ground coffee. We integrate a touch of Malbec to develop a softness in the tannins, making this a wonderfully smooth and seamless wine. These mouthwatering tannins surround the palate, framing layered elements of bright blueberry, subtle smoke and deliciously rich mocha. I find this inaugural vintage of Lion Tamer Cabernet is perfectly balanced, with well-integrated sweet oak notes presenting on the lengthy, elegant finish.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Sandeman Ruby Port
Descended from the fiery ruby Porto Wines originally shipped by George Sandeman in 1790, Sandeman Porto Fine Ruby is still made traditionally to be rich and robust yet with a special depth of flavour and the finesse, achieved by expertly blending wines from Sandeman´s large and varied stock