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GIFT WINES: What Your Wino Wants!

WINE TIME Holiday Gift Wines

Caymus 2012 40th
It is gift-giving season. The time when wine writers are supposed to wax poetically about new gadgets for removing corks, or the newest edition of this or that wine bible. Poppycock, what your wine lover really wants is wine.
The vino listed below is sure please the palate, and impress the mind – special occasion stuff. These exceptional wines don’t come cheap, but be assured you can find other options at many price points.
THE JUICE!
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne. Rose Champagne gets its hue from skin contact with the Pinot Noir grapes in the blend (there is Chardonnay in here as well), which are from the finest vineyards in the Champagne district. This sparkler has subtle flavors of berry and shortbread, and the delicate bubbles for which great Champagne is known.
Kistler Vineyards is one of the great names in California Chardonnay, and the Sonoma Mountain Vineyard bottling, expresses complex aromas and flavors of minerals, tropical fruit, ripe pears and cookie spice, to go along with the richness chardonnay lovers crave.
Bitouzet-Prieur Mersault “Charmes”. This part of Burgundy is hallowed ground for the chardonnay grape, and Charmes is one of its best sites (Cru). This village produces the most opulent of French chardonnay while maintaining a broad spectrum of fruit and bright acid. If you want to make your Francophile very happy – this is your bottle.
Caymus Cabernet Sauvigno , has all of the cassis, chocolate and smoky goodness that Caymus seems to capture every year. It is also a double collector’s item. The 2012 is especially gift-worthy because first of all it’s the 40th anniversary of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (with a great commemorative label), and it is also offered in the extremely rare 1 -liter bottle size.
Continuum Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, along with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot, comes from Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley,  and is the project of Robert Mondavi’s son Tim. He was also the winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery for many years, and this wine evokes their older reserve Cabs. Tight when young with substantial tannins, it also has the dark fruits, leather and jazzy acid that bodes well for graceful aging.
These selections will wow your oenophile – and they may even share it with you!!
As stated earlier, there are many other options, no matter your budget. Just visit your favorite wine guru.
Lou Phillips is a Level 3 (Advanced) Sommelier specializing in advising private collectors and businesses. He can be reached at (775) 544-3435 or Wineguru123@gmail.com

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