It’s the gifting home stretch — you’ve got most everybody covered, but there are always those last-minute forgets and surprises that keep your list from getting checked off once and for all. If you get caught unprepared by a coworker’s kindness, if you forgot your niece was joining for the holidays, or if you spaced a present for that last White Elephant party, we’ve got solid crowd-pleasers at a bargain to cover all your final gift bases.
Ironside Reserve Chardonnay
There’s something to love in this bottle from every angle of Chardonnay fandom. Its fruit is sourced primarily from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, a region whose foggy climate preserves grapes’ freshness and aromatic intensity. Far from flabby and baked, the Ironside Reserve Chardonnay has a vibrant core of fresh, tropical fruit, which is mellowed and rounded out with full malolactic conversion and a little hang time in oak. The palate is full but lifted with Meyer lemon, yellow apple skin, fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, and a light, creamy caramel toast.
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous rosé for the holidays? Besides the wine’s elegant expression of Provençal rosé’s aromatics & minerality, its custom bottle design has won numerous awards in recent years — an instance when shopping the label will pay off big time. Inside the bottle is a classic Provence blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah, bringing clean florals, wild strawberry and melon, a spritz of mandarin orange, and a touch of sea spray on the delicate finish. Just pop on a bow and you’re good to go.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The holidays are the perfect time to step it up and give your loved ones something special they may not splurge on for themselves. Especially for its price point, this Napa Cabernet over-delivers on the power and structure that Cab lovers crave. Berries are sourced for their concentrated color and flavor, and careful winemaking highlights deep aromas of black currant, mocha, and tobacco leaf, while the palate is ripe with dark fruit and plush tannins that finish in smooth vanilla.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors