Spring Wines


25 New Wines, White and Red, From California and Beyond

Among these bottles are some very good cabernets and pinot noirs
Spring Wines


Try these bold reds and richer white wines this spring.

Wine lovers can’t just exist on light white wines and rosés alone, even though spring is in full bloom. Here are some richer whites and enticing pinot noirs from Sonoma County and bold reds from Napa Valley — among other delights.

Pine Ridge California Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2015 ($13). A refreshing sipping wine combining two different styles of fruitiness: apples and intense green limes.

Sterling Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($14). A little on the sweet side; full-bodied with tropical fruit and a good finish.

Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Riesling “Alte Reben” 2015 ($16). Good floral riesling notes, with spicy tartness and minerality in the finish.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Limari Chardonnay 2015 ($19). Light flavors of apples with a little juiciness in the finish.

Flora Springs Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015 ($19). Very nice — full and well-structured, blending tart fruitiness and toasty cream.

Ernest “The Bombardier” Russian River Chardonnay 2014 ($40). Full-bodied, with ripe apples and underlying minerality.

Ernest “The Farmer” Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 ($42). Light and elegant, fresh and lean, with good acidity and some toasty flavors.

Aresti Curicó Valley Special Release Pinot Noir Reserva 2014 ($11). Savory green herbal notes and a tangy finish.

Tommasi Rafaèl Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014 ($16). Full-bodied with raspberry flavors and a crisp, long finish.

Concha y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Marchigue Malbec 2014 ($17). Juicy, with red fruit flavors, considerable tannins, and a little tanginess.

Gabbiano Dark Knight 2015 ($17). A tight, tannic Tuscan, a little raspy and a little rustic — a good carafe wine.

Château de la Chaize Brouilly 2014 ($18). Good cherry flavors with pleasant savory notes and a tart finish.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($19). Medium-bodied with nice berry flavors, but with a lot of green herbal notes.

Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($21). Big and jammy; tightly knit, with cassis and blackberry fruit.

Château de la Chaize Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Brouilly 2012 ($28). Very satisfying with good, rich fruit, and a tart finish.

BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($31). Smooth, well-rounded, creamy fruit with notes of chocolate in the finish.

Ernest “The Artist” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($54). Well-balanced with medium body and rooty cola flavors.

Ernest “The Engineer” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($54). Tart and juicy with some earthy undertones — a good food wine.

BV Tapestry Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($55). Very good — rounded ripe fruit with toasty barrel flavors, firm structure, and integrated tannins.

Ernest “The Settler” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($59). Very juicy and lively with tart cherry flavors, some rootiness, and good finishing acidity.

Ornellaia “Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia” Bolgheri Rosso 2014 ($63). Rich, ripe blackberries with some chocolate, long on the palate; will age well.

Ernest “The Grandfather” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($70). Cherry flavors with a touch of tang, more Burgundy-like in its emphasis on structure and fruit that isn’t showy.

Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($73). Very, very rich, though not heavy, with ripe, juicy blackberries, well-integrated tannins, and a long, satisfying finish.

Priest Ranch “Coach Gun” Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($80). A big wine (15.6 percent alcohol), with robust purple flavors, loads of tannins and a savory dried-herb finish — a keeper.


Gamble “Paramount” Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($90). A lean but charming wine with lots of purple fruit, chocolate-flavored tannins, and great length.