92 Points Chard & Syrah-Jack Tipple’s Weekly Wine Picks 3/28-4/4

Jack’s Picks of the Week: 3/28-4/4
OR while supplies last!

2014 Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay
California-Russian River Valley

92 Points Wine Enthusiast: This is a tart, sublime still wine from the sparkling wine-producer’s estate. With lovely acidity, it’s lemony fresh yet lush on the palate, developing further flavors of nectarine and salty pretzel that finishes crisp and stony.

Winemaker Notes: On the palate, this Chardonnay offers great complexity with touches of pineapple, melon, green apple, kiwi, and yeast. The palate shows minerality, pineapple, lime, and a gentle mouth feel (a result of extensive batonnage). The Estate Chardonnay is a classic food wine. Try it with roasted cauliflower and cannellini bean salad, thyme-roasted chicken with buttermilk mashed potatoes and a salad of baby greens, smoky ham and corn chowder. Salmon rillettes on buttered brioche would be a perfect hors d’oeuvre.

Retail: $24.99
On Sale Thru 4/4: $19.99

2014 Arnot Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah
California-Sonoma Coast

92 Points Vinous: The 2014 Syrah North Coast is quite possibly the single best wine in the Arnot-Roberts range this year when it comes to quality and price. Pliant, expressive and giving, the 2014 possesses notable depth and intensity. Lavender, sage, menthol, blue/purplish fruit, licorice and graphite meld into the rich, textured finish. The 2014 was done with 100% whole clusters, but that does not take away from the wine’s immediacy and sheer deliciousness, even at this early stage. Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts have chosen to focus on Sonoma Coast sites, many of which are bottled separately by many other producers, including Solas, Baker Lane, Clary Ranch, Que Syrah and Griffin’s Lair, which is why this wine is now labeled Sonoma Coast (previously it was North Coast).

Winemaker’s Notes: Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Roberts were named “Winemakers of the Year” in 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and the duo has been going from success to success vintage after vintage. Antonio Galloni, writing for the Wine Advocate, called Arnot-Roberts “one of the most exciting young wineries in California, or anywhere for that matter.” Their Syrahs come from cooler vineyards, and this entry-level version has the tension, pepperiness and vibrant dark fruit you would expect.

Retail: $39.99
On Sale Thru 4/4: $29.99

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