Lake Sonoma Winery has three selections that will set off some fireworks this summer and beyond.
The winery exclusive 2014 Russian River Valley “Tributaries Blend” ($19) showcases varietals unique to their roots: Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. A gentle white wine, Pinot Blanc demonstrates florals and crisp citrus flavors, and brings almond and peach notes. Chardonnay provides structure and richness and Sauvignon Banc contributes crispness, green aromas and minerality.
Pour this unique blend with chilled crab salad and strawberry compote.
No heavy “butter bomb” in the enchanting 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($30)
. It shows-off the cool climate where the vines thrive. Enticing aromas of candied ginger and notes of crisp citrus and orange blossom. Cascades of lemon excite the palate and linger in a seductive finish.
Enjoy this with any poultry, freshwater fish and strong cheeses.
If a lush Pinot Noir is what you’re craving, the 2014 selection from the Sonoma Coast ($45) will satisfy that craving. Known as the drink of French Kings, this varietal is velvety with bright and generous acidity. “Aromas of bright cherry fill the glass, with an accent of lilac, vanilla and subtle white pepper,” said winemaker Kat Doescher. “On the palate, this Pinot Noir begins with a soft entry of black cherry, plum and cinnamon and vanilla oak on the finish.”
Serve this with grilled wild salmon, beef stew and after dinner with bitter chocolate.