Vintners bottle wine for all occasions and the solar eclipse is no exception. One bottling I’ve come across is the 7 Moons Red Blend, vintage 2015, $13. You’ll have to drink at your own risk; I’ve not tasted this eclipse red, but here are the winemaker’s tasting notes: “7 Moons is a red blend of 7 different grape varietals sourced from prime vineyards up and down California’s Central Coast and Lodi regions. Our 2015 red blend opens with aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices, and vanilla bean. Flavors of strawberry preserves, cherry cola, and milk chocolate follow through to a fruit-forward, lingering finish.”
If uncorking a bottle of red at 10 a.m. seems funny, it will be noon in other parts of the country when the moon blots out the sun for those mysterious couple of minutes. Regardless of the hour, this occasion is something to toast. The U.S. mainland hasn’t witnessed a solar eclipse since 1979, and astronomers consider this cosmic spectacle to be one of the grandest, briefly interrupting day with night for a silver the earth.
Here are a few of my eclipse-worthy favorites:
Roger Roessler’s Black Pine, 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 14.2% alcohol, $30. This is a gorgeous pinot noir and a rare find at this price point. What sets it apart is its great bones — structure — coupled with its concentrated cherry flavors. Notes of earth and spice are in the mix. Impressive.
Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Stanly Ranch Vineyard, Carneros Pinot Noir, 14.4%, $30. This is a striking pinot — tangy cherry and strawberry fruit — with a high-toned note of rhubarb. Great mineralty and a kick of spice. Well crafted.
Three Sticks, 2015 Durell Vineyard, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14.5%, $55. This chardonnay has complex aromas of white flowers, ripe apple, crème brulee and a hint of toffee that follow through to the palate. The wine is lush with a silky texture, yet balanced. A standout.
Why not toast this cosmic spectacle?