Stag’s Leap Chardonnay 2017 ($45/btl) is a magnificent wine deserving to be in everyone’s home. Putting aside all the accolades, 90+ rating points, and expert reviews, this wine is, without a doubt, one of the best values and most exciting wines around. It is the quintessential Napa Chard with a nose that immediately opens with apples, ripe pears and a subtle hint of oak and caramel all masterfully balanced. It is clean, crisp, and only slightly buttery. Easy to drink, but make no mistake, this is a robust and sophisticated wine ready to be enjoyed.

Back in 6th century BC, the first Rose wines were produced in the South of France, a worthy descendant of those earlier “pink wines” is The Maison de Grand Spirit L’Etre Magique Cotes de Provence 2016 ($28/btl).  An easy wine to drink perfect for warm afternoons, just like in Provence. It is polished and complex with smooth tones of strawberries, raspberry and mild citrus. A suitable companion for grilled seafood and veggies. A top Rose at a great price.

Also from Stag’s Leap winery perhaps one of the most underrated reds around is their Petite Syrah 2016 ($59/btl).  In the world of ratings, this wine always deservedly gets top marks and yet, the spotlight is always on the Cab Sav cousins. The deep purple color and rich aromas of licorice, blackberries, cherries, dark chocolate, and plums would make you doubt this is a medium body wine. This is a smooth and silky wine as it is complex, good to drink now or put it away for a couple more years.  It is worthwhile opening this wine for least a couple hours and enjoy each sip afterwards, this outstanding red comes with long legs so be ready to spend some quality time with it.

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