Need to Impress Mom? Early Mother’s Day Winners…

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly, and there are some great deals out there if your Mom enjoys wine.

A Toast To Mom…

On Mother’s Day, flowers are fine 
But my thanks is forever 
Here’s a solid glass of wine 
It’s the best gift ever!
I Love you.

Here are some gems that you can get your hands on for under $40.00.

Bottega Petalo Moscato Spumante
Non-Vintage from Veneto, Italy

Delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with brunch and desserts such as custards, fruit tarts and ice cream. Vino dell’Amore, the “Wine of Love,” is the perfect toast to friends and those you love.

Grape Varieties: 100% Moscato Giallo

Vinification: Italian Charmat method, with fermentation in stainless steel and a short secondary fermentation in sealed tanks for 30 days. The wine is then promptly bottled and released.

Color: Brilliant gold with a fine, persistent perlage

Bouquet: Pronounced scent of roses, with hints of apricot and peach

Taste: Pleasantly sweet, characteristic of the Moscato grape, with ripe flavors of apple and peach.

Alcohol: 7%

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Domaine Carneros Brut Rose Cuvee de la Pompadour 
Rosé from Carneros, California

The Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour, celebrates the life and times of Madame de Pompadour (the great courtesan and mistress of Louis XV) who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court and was an influential tastemaker in the matters of art, architecture and philosophy–famous for her comment, “Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful.

Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is a wine of great balance, emphasizing fruity and floral characteristics to a greater extent than evident in the Brut or Le Rêve. It is made strictly with artisan attention to quality, with sourcing exclusively from Carneros and the use of time-honored Champenoise methods of production. A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, the Brut Rosé is meant to be enjoyed at a fairly young age, when the fruity character is still predominant yet there is enough age to make the wine round and balanced.

The wine’s aroma has hints of wild strawberries and roses with notes of peach Although a pale pink in color, Brut Rosé is not sweeter than our other wines. It is a true Brut.

Dainty, perfumed aromas of dried cherry, orange peel and apple with a cleansing minerality. Lush, though quite active flavors of orange, raspberry, tobacco and chalk. Dry, invigorating finish.

The Wine News: 92 points 

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Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Surprise your Mom with a fantastic Chardonnay that received a 93 point score from Wine Enthusiast, and a 90 point score from Wine Spectator. Soft gold color. Richly perfumed nose, with light notes of honeysuckle, truffle and buttery oak. Full, layered flavors of tropical fruit are balanced by a bright acidity of sweet citrus, and linger though the long, creamy finish.

Year in and year out, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay is one of the biggest, most distinctive ones in California. The ’06 is almost like a late-harvest dessert wine, rich in apricot jam, pineapple custard and new oak butterscotch flavors, but for all the opulence, it’s entirely dry, and has zesty Monterey acidity. Almost a food group in itself, it will challenge chefs to rise to the occasion.

Ripe and delicious in a rich, opulent style, with a mix of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus and nectarine. Full-bodied and fresh, with lively, cleansing acidity. Drink now through 2011.

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Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

A quality red wine that received multiple 90+ scores!

Wine & Spirits: 93
Robert Parker: 91
Wine Spectator: 90

With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays both red and black fruit aromas (cherries and raspberries), on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with satiny, polished tannins showing in the finish. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.

A little attenuated at first, this wine—its alcohol just north of 13 percent—quickly brightens with air, developing a cherry bouquet with a hint of briar and herb. Cherry flavors drive the palate as well, along wiht minerality that keeps the wine racy racy and pure. It will be slow to develop in the cellar, but eventually will knit with something delicate, like roast quail with wild mushrooms.

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