Looking for some last minute wine suggestions for your Fourth of July celebration? Here are three new reviews of wines from our Pacific Northwest to get you going and three previous recommendations. Enjoy!
2009 90+ Cellars Lot 28 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)
Pale garnet. Loads of cherry on the nose complemented by earthy notes and dried herbs. Luckily, an initial leathery rusticity dissipated rather quickly. This wine has a wonderful structure with acidity and tannins in balance. A lengthy, spicy finish. Elegant in the way one expects Oregon Pinot Noir to be.
At Whole Foods Market in Dedham for $14.99.
2008 Charles Smith Wines “Eve” Chardonnay (Columbia Valley)
Light yellow in the glass. Green apple, lemon wax, and an herbal quality on the nose, while the palate had Meyer lemon and a touch of creamed corn. There was another flavor that I found difficult to pinpoint, until it hit me that it was reminiscent of Necco wafers. Quite a zippy mouthfeel, very dry with a good amount of acidity.
At New Hampshire Liquor Stores for $11.99.
Alternative: 2009 Santa Barbara Collection Chardonnay
2010 A to Z Wineworks Rosé (Oregon)
This 100% Sangiovese has a beautiful, bright, rich color. The nose is fresh and fruity with stone fruit, cherry, and floral notes, while the palate is bursting with strawberry, red grapefruit, and herbs. Solid Acidity is refreshing, but not bracing. Easy to enjoy and crowd-pleasing on its own.
At Colonial Liquors for $11.99.
Alternative: 2010 Charles and Charles Rosé