Five Wines Team RHC is Drinking Now

Like many during the pandemic, we’ve upgraded our home wine selections. Whether you’re pouring a glass for a virtual aperitivo or merely celebrating the end of another day, these are five labels we’re enjoying now.

Nino Franco NV Rustico Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)

Wine Enthusiast awarded it the top spot on its top 100 wines for 2019. In the words of Kerin O’Keefe, “Aromas of white spring flower, Bartlett pear and citrus waft out of the glass. The racy, refreshing palate is full of energy, offering crisp yellow-apple, lemon drop and orange zest flavors balanced by vibrant acidity. A perlage of small, refined and continuous bubbles provides the silky backdrop.” And to top it off, this is the first wine to achieve top billing with a price tag of $20. We’ve got a case at the office. This wine is for everyone.

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016

At $100 a bottle, it’s pricier, but we’re big fans. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The black cherry notes erupt when the wine hits your tongue. It probably gets better as it hangs out a bit, but we. wouldn’t know. It’s too delicious to wait and see.

Fritz Haag 2017 Brauneberger Juffer Auslese Grosse Lage Riesling (Mosel)

If you don’t like riesling, you’re not drinking the right riesling. This one made it into Wine Enthusiast‘s top 10 for 2019, so you know it’s going to be good. It tastes of pineapple mixed with stone fruits and a zesty lime finish. At $44, it’s also a great gift and perfect to bring to a socially-distant dinner party.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vine Hill Flanc de Coteau Blocs Pinot Noir 2017

Romantic evenings may be on hold for 2020, so this is one to keep around for 2021. At $50, these limited-production bottles come from grapes grown on the producer’s highest-altitude hillside. The barometric pressure up there makes for a unique pinot noir: complexed, but balanced. It tastes of citrus and cranberry to start and ends with notes of clove and tobacco.

Sierra Cantabria 2015 Amancio

A splurge. A BIG splurge. RHC’s Rachel Harrison doesn’t usually go for something as exquisite, but she recently had the opportunity when her friend bought a bottle from a top New York restaurant that was selling their inventory. Her reaction? “I was blown away. It tasted like juicy dark berries laced with cinnamon. Maybe even some plum and pepper? I tried a lot of wines that evening, and this was the best.” At $1,500 a bottle, this isn’t an everyday purchase. But if you want to go all out, this will do the trick. “It’s a label like this that makes you say, oh, yeah, okay, I get it now.”