For many of us, the holiday season means it’s time to splurge. From food to gifts to good wine, this is the time when spending a few extra dollars becomes a guilt-free, cut-loose practice we might otherwise shelve for the other 11 months of the year.
Although splurge levels are relative to the individual consumer, they can generally be defined as anything over-and-above your customary price range. So, for example, if you normally spend no more than $10 to $15 on a bottle of wine, then paying even $20 to $25 could be classified as a “splurge.”
Today I’ll offer a few red wine suggestions for those who might consider breaking into the $20- to $30-a-bottle category a splurge, and then a couple more in the $50-and-up range.
Finally, be sure to spend the extra dollars for two pinot noirs from Durant Vineyards in Dayton, Ore. Their 2012 Olivia Grace Pinot Noir (about $60) and the 20 12 Bishop Pinot Noir (about $65) are completely over-the-top in terms of quality and elegance.
The Olivia Grace shows expressive flavors of strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and cranberry without any trace of harsh acidity. While the Bishop displays essentially the same flavor profile, I’d give it a preferential nod only because it’s slightly headier and perhaps a touch jammier. Both wines carry a seemingly endless finishing note with a dreamy, velvety texture and each represent a superb winemaking effort. Buy them now you will not be disappointed.