Western Wine Awards 2010: Special Occasion

Ranging from $30 to $50, these wines are perfect if you are looking to spend a little more for a special occasion

Special Occasion Chardonnay

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Special Occasion Wines: Chardonnay

Franciscan 2007 “Cuvée Sauvage” A rich mouthful of a Chard, buttery and minerally at the same time, with melon flavors and a toasty finish. (Carneros District; $40)

Special Occasion White Blend

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Special Occasion Wines: White Blend

Donelan Family 2008 “Venus” A rich and vibrant Rhône-style white blend of Roussanne and Viognier, full of orange and white peach flavors. (Sonoma; $50)

Special Occasion Cabernet Sauvignon

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Special Occasion Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon

Faust 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Soft tannins and great aromatics wrap around a classic core of black currant, cherry, and licorice. (Napa Valley; $45)

Special Occasion Petite Sirah

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Special Occasion Wines: Petite Sirah

Truett-Hurst 2006 “Burning Man” Petite Sirah Ripe blackberries dipped in dark chocolate, with hints of smoked meat to keep the wine from turning into dessert. (North Coast; $33)

Special Occasion Chardonnay

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Special Occasion Wines: Chardonnay

Lynmar 2007 Quail Hill Vineyard Chardonnay A beautifully integrated blend of green apple, apricot, pear, minerals, citrus, and an elegant level of toast. (Russian River Valley; $40)

Special Occasion Syrah

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Special Occasion Wines: Syrah

Samsara 2007 Melville Vineyard Syrah Juicy and long—black fruit seasoned with pepper and structure that’s almost Rhônelike. (Sta. Rita Hills; $40)

Special Occasion Merlot

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Special Occasion Wines: Merlot

Northstar 2006 Merlot With cherry, red plum, rich chocolate, and supple structure, this red should restore Merlot’s injured reputation. (Walla Walla Valley; $50)

Special Occasion Chardonnay

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Special Occasion Wines: Chardonnay

Chappellet 2007 Chardonnay Brings to mind decadent crème brûlée with poached Bosc pears and apples on the side. (Napa Valley; $32)

Special Occasion Grenache

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Special Occasion Wines: Grenache

Tensley 2007 Colson Canyon Grenache Hibiscus-scented cherry flavors have an intriguing underside of herbs and spices, black tea and earth. (Santa Barbara County; $32)

Special Occasion “Southern Blend”

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Special Occasion Wines: Grenache blend

Rôtie Cellars 2008 “Southern Blend” Red berries and mocha are spiked with white pepper and anise in this Grenache-based blend. (Horse Heaven Hills; $35)

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