DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay
Balance is the key with this Chardonnay. The judicious use of oak blends with apple, citrus and honeysuckle flavors. There is a nice riff of pineapple as well, and looking at my photo, I notice that the pineapple on our counter actually shows through the bottle. Purely accidental, but a great visual reminder of the taste.
This is a classy Chardonnay ready to uncork at your next party. SRP is $32.
Heritage Vines Zinfandel
The Heritage Vines Zin is a blend of 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Primitivo from Sonoma County. Aging is done in French, American and Hungarian oak. It offers a swirl of dark chocolate and fruit berries with a rich, round texture. There is no edge to the tannins, just a refreshing fruit forward glass.
Do you really want a bottle with a great pun on the label – or one with great wine inside? I think you know the answer. Heritage Vines Zinfandel is widely available at $24.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.