Vail Finds from the Vine: A vino gift guide
VAIL, Colorado – We all have many different friends and business associates, and ’tis the season to give them a gift. So instead of one Find from the Vine, here’s a gift guide for any type of wine lover, or non-wine lover as the case may be.A Lot of Clients, Cannot Spend Much: Peter Lehmann Shiraz or Clancy’s. Both well under $20, the Shiraz is dark, ripe, and spicy. The Clancy’s is a blend of cab, merlot and shiraz, with a backbone and richness to please most wine fans.Love Interest: Port. Vintage Port and LBV (late bottled vintage) is dark, fruity and rich, with dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Tawny Port and Colheitas are spicy, nutty and elegant. Both are around 20 percent alcohol, and sweet and silky, so beware.The Ratings Guy: “Nice gift, what score did it get?” The 2006 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2006 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon are both highly rated (96 for both from one major publication), just under $100 for the former and just a bit over $100 for the latter, and back up the ratings according to me. Lovely wines, both from Napa.I Don’t Like Domestic Wines: 2005 Pio Cesare Barolo, a monster from Italy. This wine is 100 percent Nebbiolo, and great now after decanting, but really needs 5 to 10 years to come around. It’s $70 and worth every penny, in the top five wines I tasted this year. Has elegance, earth and acidity. Terribly Italian!Likes Great Wine, I Have No Money: Fairly common this last year, try Spain, the home of the best values in the world. Tres Ojos Garnacha is a supple wine, with dark cherry and plum flavors and just enough stuffing to negate boredom. It’s $12 and good. Versatus is a $12 white wine from the northwest of Spain, a blend of four grapes, it’s dry, crisp and vibrant.Red Wine Gives Me A Headache: Chalk Hill Chardonnay, a big but crisp wine, with mineral, honey, toast, and the ability to age for 10 years or more ($45). If they don’t want oak, give the Deltetto Arneis Daivej, an Italian white from Piedmont. The Arneis grape makes a crisp white wine, with mineral, dry lemon and white grapefruit notes, for around $20.Wine Geek: How about the Kalin Sauvignon Blanc ($35) mentioned a few weeks ago? The current vintage is the 1997, there is nothing else like it from the U.S., or the world for that matter. Burgundy always works, especially red, always 100 percent Pinot Noir by French law. The 2005 Darviot-Perrin Beaune Les Belissands is a rare wine, but not oh-my-god pricey at $65. This wine is elegant, complex, from a great vintage, needs years to mature, leathery, everything a wine geek wants, and it tastes great as a bonus!I think that is everyone, enjoy your Christmas and holidays.Jarrett Osborn is the wine buyer at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.