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Father’s Day wine 2014

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Father's Day wine 2014

You don’t have to buy Dad another tie. Wouldn’t he prefer wine?

Tired of ties? Worn out from from all those cheesy department store Father’s Day TV commercials? That’s what wine is for — to make Father’s Day 2014 more fun for everyone involved. Keep the blog’s wine gift-giving guidelines in mind throughout the process: “Don’t buy someone wine that you think they should like; buy them what they will like.”

Some wine to consider for Father’s Day 2014:

Juvé y Camps Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2008 ($14, purchased, 12%): Delicious and surprisingly sophisticated cava — sparkling wine from Spain — with all sorts of things going on, including honey in the back, some citrus in the front, and even a little minerality. Toast Dad with this one, and impress everyone.

Château du Donjon Minervois Rosé 2013 ($10, purchased, 12.5%): Look for sour cherry fruit and some minerality, though a bit thin in the middle. This is not so much a problem with the wine but with the quality of $10 rose, because the wine is quite tasty.

Robert Oatley Wild Oats Shiraz 2011 ($15, sample, 13.5%): Lots of spice to go with the fruity Australian style (berries?). This is a wine that shiraz lovers will enjoy, as well as those of us who don’t like the style. A fine value, and highly recommended.

Solena Pinot Gris 2012 ($17, sample, 13.5%) Top-notch Oregon pinot gris (apples, crispy, refreshing) that shows what the state can do with this grape. A bit pricey, but a fine gift for dads who like this kind of wine.

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Expensive wine 51: Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

Stags' Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010One of the the things that California winemakers rarely have to worry about is weather. It’s almost always ideal for growing grapes, and is one reason why the technical quality of California wine is the best in the world. Never a flaw, never a missed beat.

That wasn’t the case in 2010, which was unusually cool and even wet. This meant that winemakers couldn’t let the fruit stay on the vine until it ripened and then ripened some more, the process that helps produce the telltale richness and fruitiness that expensive California wine is famous for.

Some winemakers made up the difference with their bag of tricks; I’ve tasted reds and even whites with high alcohol and extracted fruit from the 2010 vintage, which wasn’t supposed to happen. But we need to get those scores, don’t we?

And then there are wines like the Stag’s Leap ($53, sample, 13.9%), which tastes like one would expect given the weather: less fruity and less rich (though, in keeping with the winery’s style, still reasonable alcohol levels). It smells like typical Napa Valley cabernet, fruity and spicy, but it doesn’t taste like it. The black fruit is subdued and the tannins are  subtle and stay well in the back. The wine lacks a red Bordeaux’s earthiness, but tasting this blind might confuse more than one person.

This is red meat wine for Father’s Day — and especially for dads who don’t judge wine before they taste it or expect all pricey California reds to taste the same every time. Vintage difference is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Expensive wine 44: Patricia Green Yamhill County Pinot Noir 2010

Father’s Day wine 2013

Periodically, someone will ask me why I do these posts. Who, they ask, buys wine for Father’s Day? My answer: Who wouldn’t buy wine for Father’s Day, especially if Dad is a wine drinker?

In this process, keep our wine gift-giving guidelines in mind — “Don’t buy someone wine that you think they should like; buy them what they will like.”

Some wine to get you started:

Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy 2010 ($18, purchased, 13.1%): Dark, earthy and spicy, with the syrah and cinsault in the blend playing off the fruitiness of the grenache. Another winner from Randall Grahm.

Beronia Gran Reserva 2006 ($25, sample, 14%): A bigger and fruitier wine, with more vanilla, than a traditional Rioja (the red wine made with tempranillo from Spain). But it’s well done and not as New World as so many others. Plus, a terrific barbecue wine.

Charles & Charles Rose 2012 ($10, sample, 12.9%): This is one of my favorite roses, dry but fruity, with lots of strawberry. It’s made in what can only be described as the classic New World style, and is one of the best reasons I can I think of to drink rose. And only 12.9% alcohol – take that, California.

Maxwell Creek Sauvigon Blanc 2011 ($10, purchased: Not quite as spectacular as the 2010, but still a value and worth drinking. Look for some grassiness and citrus fruit, though the the finish is a bit short.

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