While it’s easier to sip Red wine siblings, Rosé and White during the summer months, Red is not to be cast aside as it definitely has its place, be it with a grilled ribeye, on the beach in New England at sunset, at a summer barn fire in Virginia; the warmth of a Red hug is always amenable even in the summer. Below are our fab four red hot summer picks.
Luce’s Lucente 2013 Montalcino, Tuscany Italy. SRP $29 This Merlot/Sangiovese blend shows off its dominant side of black cherry and red fruits which are accentuated by sweet vanilla and spices well rounded with silky tannins.
Hawk and Horse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County, California SRP $70 This Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and balanced perfumed with aromas of cedar, rose petal and black fruit, punctuated with a rich round mouthfeel.
Balletto 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River, California SRP $42 The BCD Vineyard Pinot is focused with black cherry, earth and spice aromas. Soft and full this delicate Pinot Noir will only getting more engaging with age.
Miner Family Winery Emily’s Cuvee 2011 Napa, California SRP $50 An expressive and elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. A decadent and rich wine layered with aromas of black fruit and hints of mocha, espresso and toasted oak. An iconic Napa Valley wine. Emily’s Cuvee is an eponymous wine made in remembrance of Emily Miner, co-founder of Miner Family Winery who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2011. As a tribute to Emily Miner and to continue the fight against cancer, Miner Family will be donating 10% of sales of Emily’s Cuvee to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The foundation was formed by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993, and aims to find faster solutions and better answers to fight cancer. Since its founding, the V Foundation has awarded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide.
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