Best Valentine’s Day Wines

By Dirk Smits

Stir Up Romance with a Bottle

Elevate the Day of Love’s celebration with GAYOT’s Top Wines for Valentine’s Day.

> For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out GAYOT’s Valentine’s Guide.

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The below selections are listed in alphabetical order.

2. Sullivan Rutherford Estate, 2018 Coeur de Vigne, Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley, CA

Origin: Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Varietals: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Malbec
Price: $110.00
ABV: 14.8%

Translating to “Heart of the Vine,” the 2018 Coeur de Vigne is the ideal wine to celebrate love. This wine represents a reimagined classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that offers a deep garnet color and aromas that express the characteristics that make Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon so iconic: ripe dark berry fruit, spices, chocolate and savory finished with a hint of vanilla. The palate is dense to the core, coating and juicy with lots of cocoa powder giving a perceived sweetness that lingers through the finish.

> For more information, visit the Sullivan Rutherford Estate official website.

3. Champagne Deutz, Amour de Deutz 2010

Origin: Aÿ, Champagne, France
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $174.00
ABV: 12%

Champagne Deutz was founded in 1838 in Aÿ, France, by two Germans – William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann. Both founders believed that the quality of the vineyards was key to making great Champagne and so they acquired top quality plots in the region early on. The combination of their technical prowess, their marketing skills and will to succeed allowed them to expand rapidly and to establish their wine internationally. Today, Champagne Deutz continues to flourish, making an excellent line-up of wines.

One of their most prestigious wines is “Amour de Deutz,” named after the bronze cherub statue (un Amour in French) seated graciously in a stone shell, greeting visitors as they enter the gates to Champagne Deutz.

This Champagne shows very fine and steady effervescence. It is a rich, vivacious Champagne, unfolding aromas of white flowers, peach and ripe citrus zest. On the palate, delicate flavors of nectarine, apricot, nougat, juicy acids and a mineral texture are evolving in a lingering finish.

> For more information, visit the Champagne Deutz official website.

4. Château Lassègue, Saint-Émilion 2018

Origin: Bordeaux, France
Varietals: 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $60.00
ABV: 14.5%

Located on the famous Côte de Saint-Émilion, Château Lassègue presents wines crafted by sixth and seventh generation winemakers Pierre and Nicolas Seillan. Lassègue is created using Pierre Seillan’s “Micro-Cru” philosophy, which allows them to respond to specific soil characteristics across the many parcels (crus) identified on the 18th century estate. Using this method, the Seillans tend to the vineyards, harvest and vinify block by block ensuring all aspects are customized to each cru’s specific needs.

Château Lassègue’s exceptional focus on detail and care extends to its aging regimen, too. The Seillan family selects oak trees from a number of forests in France, including Vosges, Fontainebleau and Ardennes, among many others. Just as a vine’s location changes the characteristics of the grapes, so does the location of trees in a specific area in France. The grain of the wood, porosity, perfume and flavor influence the wine inside the oak barrel. Once the barrels are made at the cooperage and arrive at the Château, each vinified cru is paired with a barrel from a specific forest. The goal is never to overwhelm the wine with oak, but to ensure it is able to age in an environment most suited to highlighting its unique characteristics from the terroir in which it was born.

The 2018 Lassègue has a deep garnet color. The bouquet shows notes of cassis and violet. The palate reveals lots of red and black fruit, and silky tannins evolving in a long, complex finish.

> For more information, visit the Château Lassègue official website.

5. Champagne Boizel Rosé

Origin: Epernay, France
Varietal: 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay
Price: $63.00
ABV: 12%

In 1834 the Boizel House was established in Épernay, the heart of Champagne, by a family passionate about the wines of the region. Intimate knowledge of the Champagne region, passed on through the generations and access to grapes from the finest cru sites, are the essential elements behind the Boizels’ elegant portfolio.

This wine shows a bright pink color. It opens up with a fine bouquet of raspberries and strawberries. The palate reveals more ripe red berries, lemon zest, spices and an elegant minerality.

> For more information, visit the Champagne Boizel official website.

6. Vietti, Roero Arneis 2020

Origin: Langhe, Italy
Varietal: 100% Arneis
Price: $23.00
ABV: 13.5%

Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800s by Carlo Vietti. The estate has gradually grown over the course of time, and today the vineyards include some of the most highly-prized terroirs within the Langhe growing area. The Vietti family were the first to make wine from 100% Arneis grape — previously Arneis was used in white wine blends.

The wine shows a straw yellow color and a bouquet of lemon zest, peach and blossom. The mouth feel is medium bodied with juicy acidity, fruity, elegant with a lingering finish.

> For more information, visit the Vietti official website.

7. Priest Ranch, Peacemaker, Napa Valley 2018

Origin: Napa Valley, California
Varietals: a blend of Bordeaux varietals
Price:  $90.00
ABV:  15.2%

The 2018 is the debut vintage of the Peacemaker from Priest Ranch Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Craig Becker. This Bordeaux blend was handpicked to showcase the very best of the Somerston Estate vineyards, of which Priest Ranch forms part. After a moderate growing season which allowed the fruit to ripen more slowly, this wine was vinified into a richly complex, yet serene and velvety enough wine to share on Valentine’s Day.

The Peacemaker shows a dark red color. The nose reveals aromas of ripe red currant, plum, cocoa, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate starts with bright red fruits such as Bing cherry, plum and cranberry. This wine is nicely balanced, displaying smooth tannins, juicy acidity and finishing on a touch of earthiness.

> For more information, visit the Priest Ranch Wines official website.

8. Bottega Rosé Gold, Prosecco

Origin: Lombardy, Italy
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $29.00
ABV: 11.5%

Artistry, energy and ingenuity abound in this enticing sparkling rosé from Sandro Bottega. The metallic bottle protects the wine from light, preserving the wine’s clean and refreshing aromas. Bottega was founded nearly 40 years ago by master distiller Aldo Bottega, Sandro’s father. The company is located in Castello Roganzuolo, about 30 miles from Venice, Italy.

The grapes are handpicked and pressed immediately, with 12 hours of skin contact to create a beautiful pink color. The Charmat method is used, with fermentation in stainless steel tanks and a secondary fermentation in sealed tanks for 40 days.

The wine displays a soft salmon pink with fine effervescence. Flower blossoms, strawberries and raspberries appear on the nose and the palate shows ripe red berries, floral notes and a well-balanced, fine finish.

> For more information, visit the Bottega official website.

9. Coen, Malbec, Uco Valley 2019

Origin: Uco Valley, Argentina
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Price: $24.99
ABV: 13.9%

This 2019 Malbec is made with grapes from Tupungato, Uco Valley, by the enologist Atilio Pagli. It shows a purplish red color in the glass. The bouquet delivers lots of cherries, strawberries and a hint of spice. Ripe and juicy on the palate, the wine is very flavorful and shows elegant tannins evolving in a long and persistent finish.

> For more information, visit the Coen Wines official website.

10. Valdo, Floral Rosé Brut

Origin: Sicily and Veneto, Italy
Varietals: 75% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Glera
Price: $14.99
ABV: 11.5%

Valdo has been in the Bolla family of wines for over 90 years. Their continuous innovation, with an ongoing quest for quality and devotion to respecting the vineyards and wine-making traditions of the region, has helped to secure Valdo’s position as one of the leading and most trusted Italian wineries specialized in Prosecco and sparkling wines.

Nerello Mascalese comes from vineyards approximately 1,000 feet above sea level on the lower slopes of the Etna volcano in Sicily. Glera, the grape varietal of Prosecco, comes from vineyards in the Veneto.

The wine has a beautiful pink color, and a bouquet revealing concentrated notes of raspberry, strawberry and flowers. The palate shows ripe flavors of red and black berries, a creamy effervescence and juicy acidity.

> For more information, visit the Bolla Wines Instagram account.

11. Lucienne, Lone Oak Vineyard, Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 2019

Origin: Monterey County, CA
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $40.00
ABV: 14%

The 146-acre certified sustainable Lone Oak Vineyard sits at the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands where it is cooled by ocean breezes from the Monterey Bay. Morning fog lingers here while the wind picks up in the afternoon, making for a long, cool growing season that allows grapes to slowly develop flavor and concentration. With gentle, east-facing slopes and elevations between 180 and 500 feet, the vineyard’s ancient alluvial soils assure excellent drainage.

The wine carries aromas of chamomile, lychee, ripe citrus and lemon zest with a touch of vanilla. The palate is refined, with elegant notes of ripe stone fruit, citrus, medium acidity and a touch of oak at the end.

> For more information, visit the Lucienne official website.