With Mother’s Day just days away, many of us are scrambling for the right gift. If your mom is like most, she likes a glass of wine every now and then. I just tasted through a lot of different offerings and found a diverse group that, depending on your mom’s tastes, will each hit the right spot. Whether she likes aromatic whites, reds (gentle or bold), or delicious bubbles, here are some great options.
Apricot leads a bevy of stone fruit aromas on the nose here. The palate shows off mango, pineapple, papaya, and lots of spice elements. Hints of mesquite honey join minerals and an avalanche of continued fruit on the long and persistent finish. This wine is full-flavored but remains lithe and balanced. It would be a stunning match with Indian or Thai cuisine.
Elena Walch 2013 Gewürztraminer Kastelaz ($32)
White flowers, apricot, and lychee fruit lead a hugely aromatic nose. Oodles of stone and tropical fruit flavors are in evidence on the rich, round, and full-flavored palate. Honey and spice elements appear on the outstanding finish. This offering would pair equally well with rich appetizers, creamy cheeses, or fruit-based desserts. Either this or the gewürztraminer above would be a great choice if your mom is a fan of aromatic white wines.
Loveblock 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noir ($37)
Black tea and mushroom aromas join red fruit on the nose of this New Zealand pinot noir. The thick palate is strewn with a ton of red and black fruit flavors such as black cherry and strawberry. Thyme and sage elements are present as well. Cranberry, pomegranate, and sour cherry elements reveal themselves in droves on the finish along with minerals and spices. Mouthwatering acidity and medium, yielding tannins mark the structure. This is a terrific example of pinot noir that will marry with a wide array of foods. If your mom loves excellent pinot noir, this wine will make her happy.
Faust 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
Most of the fruit for this wine comes from the Coombsville section of Napa Valley. The nose is studded with black plum, raspberry, and Mexican vanilla bean aromas. Bold red and black fruit flavors such as cherry and blackberry abound on the substantial and full-bodied palate. Dark chocolate, continued blackberry, earth, minerals, and roasted espresso. If your mom leans toward bolder, more fruit-driven reds, this wine would be a great gift.
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne ($99)
You really can’t go wrong with Champagne as a gift for your mom. And when it’s a beautiful rosé, such as this one from Laurent-Perrier, it’s a definite winner. The beauty starts with the lovely packaging. From the moment it’s poured, the salmon-colored hue is striking. Red berry fruit aromas abound on the nose along with a gentle hint of crème fraîche. The palate is generous and restrained with dry red fruit flavors in abundance. Spices, hints of flaky biscuit, and red berry flavors are in evidence on the lengthy finish. This is gorgeous Champagne in every way possible.
Any of these wines would make a terrific gift for your wine-loving mom. It simply depends where her tastes lie. When in doubt, buy a couple of them!