To my delight, Thanksgiving started a couple of days early with the arrival of a gift of samples from 90+Cellars, showcasing their latest bottlings. It is hard for me to resist trying a new wine, so they were immediately designated the wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Both were a huge hit, particularly with my mother. She may not know all of the wine jargon for describing wines, but she definitely knows what she likes. And that now includes the 90+Cellars Lot 40 and Lot 50!
2010 Ninety Cellars Lot 40 Reserve Chardonnay (Dry Creek, California)
Hailing from the Dry Creek appellation, an area probably better known for producing great Zinfandels, this Chardonnay represents what’s good about California-grown Chardonnay. Full-bodied and well-balanced, Lot 40 entices with terrific fruit. Notes of pear, apple, and light lemon are supported by a rich buttery aroma and flavor. Solid acidity keeps the 14.8% alcohol in check. You may not feel the alcohol’s heat on the palate, but you may when you try to stand up after a glass or two! Nice, clean, long-lasting finish.
Retail price: $15.99
NV Ninety Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy)
Ah, Prosecco – an easy to enjoy, affordable sparkler from Italy’s Veneto region. What’s not to like? The Lot 50 is exactly what you expect from this wine: fruity, delicate, and friendly. Tangerine, lemon, and peach are strong on both the nose and the palate. The acidity is mouthwatering, but far from bracing. Off-dry, with a bit of residual sugar. Bubbles made a nice showing in the glass and are light in the mouth.
Retail price: $13.99