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New Sips in Napa and Sonoma

Check out the latest releases and news in Wine Country.



2015 Bannister Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
The glorious subtleties of pinot noir shine in this wine, with minimal intervention from the winery. Hints of deep cherry, plum, and mild spice add up to lots of character. Fewer than 200 cases were produced. It could be an amazing accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner, with the fruit flavors complementing the cranberries. $55, bannisterwines.com.

2015 Mi Sueño Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
With just under 550 cases produced, this deep red wine sources fruit from the southern Napa appellation of Coombsville. The result is versatile yet classic, aged for 26 months in mostly new French oak. It’s rich and has aromas of dried figs and cherries. The full body and moderate tannins round it off nicely. $75, misuenowinery.com.

2016 Paraduxx Proprietary Napa Valley Red Wine, Duckhorn
The grapes for this complex red blend come from the 39-acre Rector Creek Vineyard in Yountville that surrounds Paraduxx winery—the sister winery to Duckhorn. These wines are lush and layered, with bold red fruit coming from the mix of cabernet, zinfandel, merlot, and petit verdot. It pairs nicely with any white or red meat, and even salmon. $50, paraduxx.com.

2017 Sangiacomo Chardonnay, Home Ranch Vineyard, Carneros
Planted by the second generation of Sangiacomos in 1969, the five-acre Heritage Block on the family's 110-acre vineyard represents the heart of their brand. This wine celebrates decades of Sangiacomo family winemaking. Watch for a commemorative 2018 Four Siblings chardonnay, due out next year. $65, sangiacomowines.com.

Sosie Wines: Husband-​and-wife team Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante taste their wares. Photo courtesy of Sosie Wines.

2016 Sosie Pinot Noir, Spring Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Vintners Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante harness the lively high notes of pinot noir in this earth-​driven red wine with hints of spice. Big flavors of ripe plums and strawberry jump out, and the year of barrel aging softens the product. It’s a great find; enjoy it with a broad range of fish and meats. $43, sosiewines.com.

 

 

 

Trefethen Family Vineyards: The Cowgirl and the Pilot vintage fetes the brand’s first merlot bottling, 25 years ago. Photo by Robb McDonough.

2016 Trefethen The Cowgirl and the Pilot Merlot, Oak Knoll
This inaugural release pays homage to Trefethen’s owners, Janet (the cowgirl and avid equestrian) and John (the pilot), using estate fruit from their breathtaking 200-plus-acre property in Oak Knoll. This rich and smooth red has subtle and integrated notes of dark cherry and blackberry. Sample it during the winery’s new Legacy Tasting, which includes a luxury golf cart tour of the estate. $90, trefethen.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other News

Baccarat and Boisset
Sip your Boisset wines—from Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista, and DeLoach to the company’s portfolio of French brands—in new Baccarat crystal glasses. The generously sized and elegant stems allow for full swirling and enhanced tasting. Designed by Jean-Charles Boisset, fulfilling a lifelong dream, the collection includes wine and champagne glasses, along with decanters. To order, call (707) 934-8237 or email concierge@jcbcollection.com.

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