Valentine’s Day picks from our readers
Vermentino Toscana IGT Chigi Saracini 2014
Tuscany, Italy, $14
Light straw color, with aromas of elderflower and orange blossom leading to citrus and stone fruit flavors on the palate. Lively acidity and long balanced finish. Twenty-year-old vines sprout from the Tuscan hills and enjoy sun all day long. Try it alfresco, on a warm spring day, with your Valentine and some apps.
Cuvée Anonyme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
Rhone Valley, France, $55
Loaded and lusty, this robust wine is full of black cherry and blueberry, plus lavender notes and lead pencil with an earthy overtone. The grapes came from some of the oldest vines in the best parcels on the estate. Plus, it earned 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Enjoy with heavier dishes and roasted meats. If you’re a carnivore, this is for you!
Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui
Piedmont, Italy, $18
Think about Cleopatra when you drink this one: reputedly she was tempted by Julius Caesar, who brought a similar wine to Egypt. A semi-sparkling dessert wine, it is sexy, seductive and sensuous. This Brachetto begs for dark chocolate and a warm, moonlit night will help you both enjoy it even more. Only 7 percent alcohol, so Salute!
Rosenblum Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2012
Sonoma Valley, California, $38
Opened in 1978 by veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife, this successful winery is known as the “mecca for zin-fanatics.” Lots of blackberry and jam fill the nose and explode in your mouth for a full-bodied, chewy and rewarding finish. 14.9 percent alcohol adds to this big, robust and hearty wine. White wine drinkers are told to get a doctor’s note for this one!
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand, $16
The Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is your go-to wine for shellfish and especially oysters, the romantic seafood dish. Lots of citrus on the nose and grapefruit and lemon palate notes complement other seafoods and salads as well. Medium-bodied, smooth, sleek and silky with a lingering finish, just what you’re looking for. And a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.