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Drive for show, putt for dough: Making the 19th hole a bit more refined

July 24, 2017

The following is a free-lance wine article I did recently for Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine, an upscale (and quite affordable) guide to just about everything you wanted to know about Colorado golf and now have the money to afford.

It’s fun to tackle new challenges, this one particularly so since I’m not always at this level of wine buying and I tried to include something for everyone’s price range. Enjoy!!

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Maybe you’re self-secure enough to think it’s no one’s business how much you paid for the new Lexus or custom-made putter or even those golf shoes that had your wife asking if they were Manolo Blahniks.

So you certainly don’t worry about making a bidding war out of a wine list.

We all know there are ways to impress friends without breaking the bank, which leaves more in your wallet for that new driver you’ve been eyeing.

A few suggestions for wines whose value far exceeds their price. And sh-h-h-h, we’re not telling anyone how smart you are. Let them figure it out.

REDS:

Barón de Magaña 2010 Navarra  $24 – Round, generous and delightfully textured, this Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend (touched up with Tempranillo and Syrah) expresses a Bordeaux-like personality.

Tommasi Ripasso 2013 DOC Valpolicella Classico Superiore $25 – Full-bodied and spicy, with deep plum-like fruit flavors, thanks to the Ripasso style of winemaking.

Beaulieu Vineyard 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon $45 – Tons of structure along with blackberry, caramel and earthy mint end in a juicy, tannin-supported finish.

Animo 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $85 – Bright, full-bodied, with subtle oak, and touches of minerality and plums and blackberries.

Beaux Frères Ribbon Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir $90 – Oregon does Pinot right. This softly oaked offering has lovely spice and tastes of fresh Oregon plum, currants and violets.

Added at editor’s request:

Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $160 – Ripe, dark fruits (think blackberry, boysenberry) melded with cassis and plum notes. A touch of Cabernet Franc makes this sexy and rich.

Far Niente Oakville 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon $150 – Spice, dark berries and mushrooms start the journey with dark plum, licorice and sweet tannins to finish.

WHITES:

Wente Vineyards Eric’s Small Lot 2014 Chardonnay $28 – This bright, unoaked Chardonnay done in the Old World style has hints of lemon zest and Mandarin orange and finishes with green apple and pear.

Domaine Gueguen 2015 Chablis $18-$30 – Stylish and crisp, full of stonefruit and hints of lime, with a linear acidity that holds it all together.

Rock Angel 2066 Cote de Provence Rosé $26 – Somewhat new to the American market, lit by red currants, cranberries and an herbal character that adds enough grip to pair with many foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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