A fun way to introduce you some of our favorite wines in the store that we believe would make great gifts!
Our 4th wine of Christmas is made by a female French winemaker with a famous winemaker father.
It's not often that I fall for a California wine. Italy and France are my wine drinking countries of choice - I like acid, lots of structure and subtle fruit and I'm fine with a little oak on my wines as long as I can't taste it or smell it! That being said it is really nice when I find US producers that make wine with an old world sensibility.
I tasted one such wine with Beth Reinhard a few years back when she was still working for Republic. She didn't tell me what it was and the label gave nothing away so I was left to form an unbiased opinion based on purely on my nose and palate. Both of which told me old world, probably right bank Bordeaux due to the softer tannins and more blue and black fruit, not young - there was definitely secondary and some tertiary flavors - but not old either.
When Beth revealed the origins of the wine I liked it even more...it was a Bordeaux blend made by a young female French winemaker in Sonoma; 2009 vintage and the first vintage she ever made! But she wasn't just any young French woman as her famous father was Pierre Seillan, a revered veteran of the industry. Pierre is the current winemaker at six properties sprawled across multiple winemaking areas: Vérité and Anakota in Sonoma County, Château Lassègue and Château Vignot in Saint-Émilion, Arcanum Valadorna in Tuscany, and Bellevue Seillan in Gascony. It was at the very last property on that list – Bellevue Seillan, a family estate – that Pierre began his wine career. Pierre then did some work in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. But Pierre’s real breakout project came some time later – and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. In the mid-1990s, Pierre came to America, to Sonoma, and created Vérité. Vérité’s wines have garnered high praise from the critics, including seven 100 point scores from Robert Parker.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 points:
So if an elegant California wine made by a talented French female winemaker sounds appealing, this beautiful wine in an equally beautiful package should fit the bill! $52