Last Minute Luxury

Time is running out and you’re on the run. You’ve got a million questions running through your head and not a lot of time to find the answers. What can I buy for the person who has everything? What’s the perfect bottle to bring to the party at the wine geek’s home? What should I serve for dinner tonight to really impress? What can I drink in front of the fire tonight to properly de-stress?
 
Don’t worry, we have the answers.
 
Below are our Christmas Picks for this holiday season. It’s just a sampling of the amazing list of wines available from the Wine Trends’ portfolio, so be sure to check out the full portfolio when you have the time. Meanwhile, these wines are available at your local wine shop and ready to please.
 
Cade Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($64.99)
The 2009 vintage provided the Cade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a dramatic aromatic profile, supported by beautifully integrated tannins that will allow for gentle aging. Aromas of black cherry and crème de cassis are followed on the palate with flavors of bing cherry, pipe tobacco, baker’s chocolate, and roasted nuts.
 
Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon: ($79.99) 94 Points, Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Howell Mountain stands out for its balance, a rare feat on Howell Mountain in this vintage. Mocha, chocolate, cloves, plums, and black cherries meld together effortlessly in this nicely balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
Clos du Val Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon: ($59.99)
Characteristic of Clos Du Val’s world-class style, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winery’s tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Its opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit, black pepper, and subtle hints of toast. The palate displays a seamless integration of intense flavors that include chocolate, toffee, and blackberry. The wine has a rich yet powerful mouthfeel marked by focused, silky tannins and a long, lingering finish. Expect this Cabernet Sauvignon to age gracefully for an additional 5-10 years
 
Duckhorn Napa Sauuvignon Blanc: ($29.99)
Aromas of grapefruit, lemon curd, and nectarine, as well as rich, underlying notes of vanilla and marshmallow. A smooth-textured entry gives way to tingling acidity that shows off the citrus elements, while adding length to flavors of cantaloupe, Asian pear, and Fuji apple. The finish is persistent and refreshing with long mineral notes.
 
Duckhorn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($69.99)
Beautifully fragrant wine with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf, and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as well as notes of red currant, cedar, and sweet spice. Firm and youthful tannins on the long finish add structure.  
 
Duckhorn Napa Merlot: ($49.99)
With firm tannins and exceptional length, this wine shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth.
 
Patz & Hall Sonoma Chardonnay: ($39.99)
Combining fruit from a who’s who of the appellation’s most renowned vineyards, this cuvée offers alluring fruit and floral aromas of citrus, peach, melon and white flowers. High tone tropical notes on the palate, with sur lie aging adding lovely elements of graham cracker, clove, and brioche. Excellent acidity and a core of minerality; flavors of green apple, summer melon, and peach. The finish is long, crisp, and minerally, with a lingering note of lemon zest and subtle spice from oak aging.
 
Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay: ($44.99) 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
New oak dominates this brisk, young Chardonnay. It’s elaborate in tropical fruit, Asian pears, and green apples, with fine, tart acidity making the mouth water, as well as a buttery creaminess from lees and 100% malolactic fermentation. The aromas offer ripe peach, pear, toasted almond and marzipan layers, alongside intriguing cinnamon, carnation, and spice notes somewhat reminiscent of a great Gewürztraminer.
 
Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: ($47.99)
On the nose, aromas of cherry, raspberry, and plum mingle with notes of cedar, tobacco, smoked meat, fine herbs, and forest floor. The mouth feel is rich and fleshy, offering flavors of black cherry, raspberry, brown sugar, and cardamom. Fresh, enlivening acidity from the relatively cool growing season balances this wine’s weight and leads to a long, satisfying finish.
 
Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($89.99)
Black garnet in hue, concentrated aromas of black currant, blackberry, and lavender delight. Freshly cut flowers, cedar, caramel, and violets entice the palate. The fruit is pure and elegant, displaying faceted layers of dark cherry, cassis, and plum.  Velvety tannins wave together with layers of milk cocoa, anise, and graphite to create a charming and lengthy finish.
 
Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir: ($69.99)
Deep violet in color, this lush pinot noir carries expressive aromas of wild berries, rose petals, and cola. The palate, silky and balanced, explodes with dark raspberry, plum, clove, and cocoa. Ripe currant and blackberry harmonize over a long, toasty finish supported by round tannins.
 
Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay: ($54.99)
Lively aromas of citrus, nectarine, and yellow flowers. The supple texture and seamlessly structured palate are layered with white peach, apricot, lemon zest, and Gravenstein apple. Notes of minerality linger over the long, pleasurable finish.
 
Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel: ($24.99)
80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Syrah.  A brambly, berry-driven Zinfandel that delivers classic Dry Creek flavors of raspberries, boysenberry, and plum notes accented by a good dose of baking spices and just a touch of oak. 
 
Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: ($24.99)
On the nose, fresh cherries and bramble fruit dominate, with a little candied cranberry, pomegranate, and orange zest. On the palate, red and black cherries comingle with unique tropical fruit notes that give this wine an edge; moderate acidity, coupled with elegant and silky tannins. 
 
Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Reserve: ($39.99)
A pleasant nose of red licorice whip and plum compote introduces the palate to penetrating flavors of red cherry laced with vanilla bean on the wine’s entry. A subtle fine-grained tannin texture frames the wine, which is fleshed out by sappiness that stops short of becoming cloyingly sweet.
 
Rombauer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($44.99)
Dark plum color with a hue of crimson red this Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent bouquet of blackberry, red currant, plum, and dark cherry fruit.  Black currant, cherry, and spice mix for a balanced palate. Smooth tannins help build depth for a lengthy finish, rich with creamy vanilla and blackberry. 
 
Rombauer Napa Carneros Merlot: ($32.99)
A deep ruby wine with a crimson hue, its subtle nuances of cherry and mint aromas support an abundance of mulberry and plum fruit. A soft bouquet of lush plum, cedar and hints of blackberry are framed with silky tannins. Blue berry essence builds on the back palate for a smooth finish.
 
Saddleback Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($59.99)
Deep colored, heady aromas of ripe black cherries, peppery spice rack, and cigar box are emitted from this wine’s fragrant bouquet. Provocative, aromatic displays of ripe berries layered over rich velvety tannins produce an impeccable multi-layered mouth feel. Elegantly compliments grilled steak, braised short ribs, rack of lamb, and aged cheese such as Blue, Brie, and Camembert.
 
Saddleback Napa Merlot: ($39.99)
Seductive aromas of ripe plum and a walk through a cedar glen this Merlot has complex layers of flavors of cassis, blueberry, dark chocolate, and spices of vanilla and clove coat the palate and linger long. With proper storage, this wine will age admirably for fifteen years; however, we feel it is drinkable now.
 
Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: ($39.99)
Plum, spice, earth, dried herb and sweet oak aromas. Medium body with well-integrated fruit, spice and oak flavors give way to balanced acidity and tannin that give a long finish with flavors that linger.
 
Silverado SOLO Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon: ($109.99)
With spice, vanilla, plum, and cherry fruit aromas this medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has mineral and fruit flavors, well structured and balanced with a long finish.