One of the benefits of being single on Valentine’s Day is you can treat yourself to a special bottle of wine instead of spending your paycheck on a pricey (not to mention mediocre) dinner for two. Here are some picks for sparkling, white, rosé, red and sweet wines to toast that special someone: YOU!
Pahlmeyer 2014 Chardonnay (Napa Valley); $75, 93 points. From the Pahlmeyer Estate and the Atlas Peak Vineyard, this wine is made in a huge, sultry and seductive style. Tingly acidity supports a reductive style of rich oak and honeycomb that delves into concentrated layers of baked peach and apple pie. This should stand up well to cellaring; hold until 2022–2029. Cellar Selection. —V.B.