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Catherine Bugue

Catherine Bugue

Phifer Pavitt 2014 Sparkling Wine Los Carneros ($75)

Made from 70 percent Chardonnay and 30 percent Pinot Noir, this is a regal sparkling wine that will impress the toughest critics. Its rich gold color leads to toasted pear and red apple fruit, but it is the texture that stands out. It’s a ribbon of silk across the palate. Vibrant acidity balances out all of this rich goodness.

Surely the decision to make a sparkling wine occurred on one of Suzanne and Shane Pavitt’s date nights. If you haven’t seen it, they have a Date Night wine to commemorate the fact that all their life decisions are made during their special date nights together.

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Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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