Screenwriter/Actor Damon Jones & Holiday Party Wines
Wines of the Night
This Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine displays an intense, classic nose of cut grass, pepper and, believe it or not, pineapples and lemons, with plenty of minerality. Very crisp and refreshing, like a cross between a classic Touraine and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, at an astonishingly low price! Perfect with seafood. Grown in an area located between the Loire River and the Cher River and sandwiched between the towns of Tours and Blois, the wine shows the classic characteristics of the rich clay soils that are fortified with flint and limestone. Very bright and cheery and drinks well at any occasion, even those occasions that call for those unfortunate little clear plastic cups that you have to use outdoors.
2015 Casarena "Owen's Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza ($30)
Grown in the heat of the Luján de Cuyo DO, Agrelo’s Cabernets tend to be juicy, with soft tannins, and, at their best, have good acidity to give them energy. Casarena’s top Cabernet, from 90-year-old vines, shares that style, its sweet fruit gaining seductive complexity from notes of herbs and flowers. Accessible now if poured with something as meaty as braised short ribs, it has a long life ahead.
The 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon called Pleinair is a blend of 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is aged 20 months in 58% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine has a similarity to a top-flight St.-Julien from Bordeaux. Loads of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, black currants and spice box all jump from the glass and from the flavors of this round, juicy, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.