Four Fantastic Holiday Gift Wines, and the Stories that Pair With Them

Posted December 08, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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It’s one thing to bring a bottle of wine as a gift. It’s another thing entirely to bring that bottle AND have a cool story to tell about it. Save the talk about structure and minerality for the dinner table. This is the color commentary that will elevate your simple gift to a treasure!

2013 The Competitor Cabernet Sauvignon

This was basically built by competition. The dudes who own Wine Library ordered in a TON of different samples of unlabeled wine, and set up a friendly competition where they tasted them all against one another. The winner was a plucky little Cab from Lodi that managed to impress a whole room full of industry vets. So they slapped a label on that sucker and dubbed it The Competitor!

2010 Bello Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

So what happened here is that this super rich construction magnate decided he wanted to be responsible for the next great Cabernet, and he spared literally ZERO expense. They have the best consultant winemaker in Napa. The best vineyard manager in Napa, and probably the slickest tasting room in America. Bonus is that they have an entry level Cabernet named after his freaking RACE HORSE: Megahertz.

2010 Les Parcelles De Stephane Derenoncourt Haut Medoc

Stephane Derononcourt is one of the most famous winemakers in Bordeaux. Most famously he helped to co-create La Mondotte, a state-of-the-art frankenstein wine that is one of the rarest, most coveted wines on the planet. A self-taught winemaker, he’s known for making wines that feature nuance and finesse over outright power. For this entry-level Bordeaux, he selected parcels of land all over the Haut-Medoc (a region of Bordeaux where most of the ultra-famous wineries are located) and assembled their respective juices to make an affordable expression of the terroir.

2013 La Gerla Rosso Di Montalcino

This is a tip that can be broadly applied across ALL Rosso di Montalcino: Just say “These guys make an absolutely PHENOMENAL Brunello”


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