SOMA Magazine - July/August 2017

Sommelier’s Six Pack

2017-07-03 04:58:59

Decoy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County ($20) 1 of 6 SOMMELIER’S SIX PACK DUCKHORN WINE COMPANY Decoy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County ($20) Just in time for summer, this young, crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc features fragrant aromas of fresh flowers, lemongrass and citrus; perky flavors of ripe melon, stone fruit, tart grapefruit; and a tangy, dry finish. Pairings: oysters, goat cheese, chilled soups, fresh salads, grilled fish, Asian cuisine. Migration 2015 Chardonnay Running Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley ($55) From the beautiful Migration estate property off River Road in Sonoma County, this complex wine features lovely floral aromas with nuances of nutmeg and sandalwood, leading to persistent flavors of ripe peach, crisp apple, lemon custard, coconut, roasted almond, and vibrant acidity. Pairings: brie, crab cakes, roasted cauliflower, seared scallops, grilled chicken with tangy aioli. Goldeneye 2014 Pinot Noir Gohan Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley ($82) Classy vineyard designate from the heart of the charming Anderson Valley, with attractive scents of ripe, red fruits, earth and spice; lively flavors of ripe plum, wild strawberry, red apple skin, cinnamon, black trumpet mushrooms and forest floor; silky tannins and plenty of structure. Pairings: medium cheeses, mushroom soup, fresh salmon, roasted chicken with wild herbs, grilled pork chops. Canvasback 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, Washington State ($40) Named after the colorful Canvasback duck species native to the Pacific Northwest; this dynamic wine is filled with deep, dark and powerful fruit flavors softened with smooth tannins, plush texture, and accented with notes of mineral, chocolate, and roasted walnuts. Pairings: gourmet mac & cheese, roasted vegetables, lamb sliders, grilled ribeye, and slow-cooked stews. Paraduxx 2013 “Candlestick” Red Wine Napa Valley ($55) The latest installment of the Paraduxx proprietary red wine series, this masterful blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache is filled to the brim with lavish notes of fresh violets, lavender, blueberry, ripe cherry, boysenberry, black pepper, and smoked meats. Pairings: eggplant parmesan, pasta with tangy red sauce, cassoulet, pan-seared duck breast, baby back ribs. Duckhorn 2013 “The Discussion” Red Wine Napa Valley ($135) Classic Bordelaise style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot with deep, rich and expressive flavors of black cherry, fresh currants, wild sage, vanilla and savory spices; a silky mouthfeel; and additional layers of complexity as it opens up with more time in the glass. Pairings: blue cheese, hearty beef bourguignon, prime rib, rack of lamb, chocolate truffles.

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