Mother’s Day gift guide: great red wines
Your mom is bold and beautiful, and you are indebted to her so this Mother’s Day, give her a wine as wonderful as she is. Here is an overview of the great red wines to celebrate it.
Baldacci Family Vineyards Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, ($110)
This limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon draws its grapes from a vineyard that has been in continuous production for 188 in its Stag Leap AVA. This sophisticated wine has a velvety texture with soft tannins, balanced acidity and aromas of blackberries, roses and chocolate. Let your mom enjoy it on her own or cook her a dinner to enjoy.
The Vice 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Five Peaks,” $98
What makes this Cabernet Sauvignon a rare vice for your mother is that it’s made from grapes harvested from Napa’s five mountain AVAs – Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain and Spring. Mountain District. These five vineyards are among the most difficult to cultivate and represent less than 1% of the wine produced in the region, which makes this bottle all the more rare.
James Cole Winery 2019 Privado Red Wine, ($125)
This luxurious red blend is made from 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all harvested in the heart of Napa Valley. With a bouquet of black cherry, cedarwood and hints of lilac, it offers a silky finish. Perfect on its own or with meat, this newly released red wine is sure to please your mother.
Hamel Family Wines 2017 Nuns Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon, ($160)
This sumptuously impressive wine has pure ruby color and pure expression of Sonoma County. With notes of fresh blackberry and cassis, plus a layering of lavender and sage, this wine is persistent and powerful…maybe like your mom. This wine can be decanted to enjoy on Mother’s Day, or it can be aged in her cellar for her to enjoy on a future Mother’s Day.
Châteaux Magnol 2019 M de Magnol Bordeaux Red, ($36.99)
This elegant, juicy and fruity red wine is a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged for a year in French oak barrels, this delicious French wine is made to accompany dishes such as grilled meats, aged cheeses and dark chocolate desserts.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge Vineyard, $185
This deep garnet-colored wine was made from vineyards grown above Hennessy Lake in Napa, with grapes that cost nearly $20,000 a ton. Intense aromas of cassis, black cherry and black earth rise from the glass, along with lighter scents of cedar, rose and espresso, making this a wine to savor. Winemaker Jason Moore advises aging this wine carefully in the cellar for three to five years, but it can be enjoyed over the next two decades.
Decoy Wines 2019 California Merlot, ($25)
This Merlot is definitely a great red: from its soft, refined tannins to its rustic undertones, with juicy layers of black cherry, raspberry and plum. Lovely on the palate – and on your wallet – this Merlot is affordable but comparable to more expensive vintages. It’s perfect for your Mother’s Day celebration.
Justin Vineyard & Winery RATIONALE 2019, ($65)
JUSTIFICATION is a kind of Old World and New World wine, with a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. With 51 percent Cabernet Franc, this wine embodies the spirit of a French Right Bank Bordeaux with its red fruit and elegant structure, but it comes with a Paso Robles touch of full, ripe fruit. A versatile pairing wine with a wide range of foods, it’s a great Mother’s Day gift.
Scattered Peaks 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, ($29.99)
With an intense aroma of black and red fruits and just a hint of anise, this lovely drinkable wine tastes opulent with a long, lingering finish. Let your mom enjoy it with her Mother’s Day dinner or just let her enjoy it on her own.