I am a huge fan of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and there are an increasing number of winemakers producing balanced, beautiful Pinots from the region. Some of the best wines will definitely cost you well over $50 but there are also a number of relatively inexpensive wines that are incredibly delicious. Failla Wines has been a long-time favorite Pinot producer of ours and Failla’s 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot is a great value at around $35.
Failla 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir begins with aromas of bright, red berries, spice, and flowers. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is fresh and incredibly easy to drink. There are tastes of ripe, red fruit and hints of earth supported with bright acidity. A delicious Pinot Noir that will inevitably disappear too quickly! (13.9% alcohol)
Trepat is a grape that is probably unfamiliar to most people as it seems to just be finding its way into wine shops and onto wine lists across the US. Trepat is native to the Catalonia region of Spain and was predominantly used as a blending grape in Cava until a few wineries began making 100% Trepat around a decade ago. I recently had the chance to taste a few different Trepats and was very impressed with 2014 Succés “La Cuca De Llum” Conca De Barbera. The wine comes from 35 year old vines and is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel.
Succés “La Cuca De Llum” delivers an incredible value for the price. Tastes of slate, green olives, herbs, and white pepper are interwoven with bright red fruit. Light-bodied with a Beaujolais-like character, this wine really won me over. Grab a bottle, drink slightly chilled, and enjoy! ($17, 12.5% alcohol)