Memorial Day in downtown Minneapolis means a 3-day weekend and holiday get-togethers. And if you are like us, you’ll need some great wine at these get-togethers, alongside the craft beer and Bootlegs, to serve when most of the party has left and only a few trusted friends remain!
Here, then, are some great wines we pulled from the cellar – any of which would fit nicely into your Memorial Day party plans:
Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2012
Anderson Valley, California
95 Points Wine Spectator
Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish.
Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
92+ Points Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Mount Richmond is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a lovely open nose of black cherry preserves, blueberry compote and boysenberry with notions of floral perfume, tilled soil and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with warm black fruits and layers of baking spice and earth, with a good frame of fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and spicy.
Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
Napa Valley, California
92 Points Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, it opens with warm peach preserves, cinnamon stick and dried leaves hints with dried red and black cherries and notes of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, it gives pretty layers of dried fruits, flowers and spices in the mouth, with juicy acidity tethered by firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and spicy.
Fattoria la Massa Giorgio Primo 2013
97 Points Wine Advocate
This standout wine brings Fattoria la Massa to a new level of accomplishment and opens an exciting new chapter of possibility. The 2013 Giorgio Primo (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is dark and impenetrable on first impact. The aromas accelerate slowly and grow evenly in power and intensity after a few quick swirls of the glass. The bouquet peels back with dark fruit aromas, baking spice and Mediterranean herb. The effect is seamless and smooth. A velvety texture is accented by full-bodied richness and just enough freshness to keep the palate energized. And, of course, this is just the beginning of a long cellar life.