Roses are always a good idea on Mother's Day, so why not bring home a rosé - particularly one with bubbles, the ones found in the Non-Vintage Domaine Chandon Sparkling Rosé wine from Napa Valley. Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the Méthode Champenoise, the bright pink color is festive and inviting. Ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon and raspberry hit the front of the tongue like a kid on a waterslide. Bright notes of red cherry fruit bring up the rear of the vibrant, refreshing finish. Only $17.
If you want to give mom diamonds, look no further than the 2009 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Director's Cut Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma. This lovely Chardonnay is only $18 and has an old-fashioned filmstrip wrapped around the bottle as an homage to the famous director who owns the winery. The wine is aged entirely in French oak barrels that lend a note of buttered toast and vanilla on the seductive nose. In the mouth, the wine has a round, lush texture featuring favors of green apple, nectarine and honeysuckle on the front of the tongue and bright citrus notes on the crisp finish.
For just $15, you can give mom her own clone with the 2007 Pedroncelli Winery "Mother Clone" Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, California. This zesty Zinfandel took home top honors last year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in the "Under $20 Zinfandel" category - and it's easy to see why. This is a classic Dry Creek Valley aromas of ripe blackberry, dusty earth and subtle black pepper spice. This is a concentrated wine that offers a great balance of jammy fruit flavors, savory spices and enough tannins to provide a long, lush finish.
If you're looking to splurge on a precious metal, look no further than the 2006 Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, California. With notes of cassis and dark fruit on the nose, the powerful-yet-easy to drink wine offers a nice balance of blackberries, ripe plums and black figs. The smooth finish will long be savored after the bottle is gone. And so will your thoughtfulness. $60.
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