Since your dining options are probably limited and a romantic getaway is just not happening this year, why not splurge on a truly remarkable bottle of wine? Below are a terrific assortment of international and domestic wines that will elevate your Valentine’s Day to an even more special event. Whether you are sharing a gourmet meal, your favorite takeout or a box of sweets, adding a glass of something special is a great way to show just how much you love the person you have been hunkering down with for the last year.
Expect to be wowed with aromas of purple flowers, red cherries and cedar. This wine will continue to evolve for decades to come. If you are looking for a lesser-known Napa Valley gem, you need to explore the offerings of the Larkmead Vineyards. This quintessential family-owned wine estate is located in Calistoga. Renowned winemaker Dan Petroski produces wines in limited quantities that are pure expressions of the vineyard with all the hallmark characteristics of Napa Valley without being overripe or too high in alcohol. ($135).
Recently named 2020’s wine of the year by Wine Spectator, only the finest vintages from the 741-acre Ygay Estate are used to make Castillo Ygay. This wine exhibits an aromatic intensity full of bright red fruits, floral notes, truffles, and incense, spicy touches. In the 160+ years of this estate, this top wine has only been made 52 times, since the wine is only made when the vintage conditions are perfectly aligned. This Gran Reserva Especial is made from tempranillo and mazuelo from vineyards located at 485 meters above sea level. Limited in production and sought after all over the world, it is the worthy choice for the winery’s emblematic Castillo Ygay label. ($135).
Scents of licorice and blackberries prevail in Ornellaia 2017, alongside velvety tannins, typical of the hottest vintages, while sublime acidity and roundness imbue the wine with Mediterranean feel. Ornellaia, from the small coastal Tuscan region of Bolgheri, is one of the world’s iconic wine estates. 2021 is the year to treat yourself to the estate’s “Grand Vin”. Ornellaia expresses the terroir of this very special region superbly in each vintage, with exceptional balance, elegance, and great aging potential. The desire to nurture the estate’s exceptional qualities shapes this vintner’s philosophy and is faithfully reflected in every bottle. ($260).
Tenuta di Arceno 2015 Arcanum
Arcanum is the pinnacle of the estate’s Toscana IGT offerings. Based on Cabernet Franc, the true signature of the estate, this remarkable wine is built to age, yet is drinkable young, offering aromas of violets, roses and raspberries, with long and delicate spice notes; it is a wine that is seductive yet subtle. Arcanum is sourced primarily from the L’Apparita and Belvedere blocks of Cabernet Franc. With superb exposure and sandy clay soils, each year these blocks shine to produce the finest expression of the variety, and the leading wine of the estate. ($80).
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Petit Verdot (25%) and Malbec (20%). Displaying deep purple hues, this fruity wine possesses rich aromas of blackberry and roast fennel bulb, and integrates complexity with elegance. It has intense flavors of juicy, dark cherry and the sweet tartness of strawberry with touches of floral notes such as violet and sweet orange blossom. The Yatir region, located in the southern tip of the Judean Hills, has a 2,500 year-old history of wine making. The flagship wine of Yatir winery is made from vineyard produce which yielded the tops wines of a given year’s vintage, with emphasis on scent and palate, and long term aging capability. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels and then remained in the winery to mature in its bottle for a further two years. ($90)
A blend of 70% Pinot Nero, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier, this wine tastes of crisp citrus, yellow fruits and vanilla. Complex and intended for connoisseurs,Trentodoc is a hidden-gem artisanal sparkling wine region located in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy. Made in the champagne method, with a second bottle fermentation giving the wines bready notes and complexity. Maso Martis is one the region’s leading producers and champions a family-run approach and uses organic farming practices. ($113)