Happy Valen-Wine's Day!

Euripides said it well: "Where there is no wine there is no love." Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, so don’t let a bad bottle of wine (or worse — no wine) spoil your romantic evening. Set the mood with these Valen-Wine recommendations, as tasted by Vinous critics and the Delectable community.

Château Calon-Ségur

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Delectable Wine
9.6

The 2014 Calon Ségur is a real show-stopper. Unusually ripe, powerful and seductive, the wine exudes class. Myriad shades of plum, sweet red cherry, pomegranate, spice and blood orange are all on display. Wild flowers, tobacco and host of more aromatic notes develop in the glass. Above all else, though, the 2014 is a wine of pure power and breadth. This is yet another fabulous showing for the 2014 Calon Ségur, a wine that vies for top honors in this vintage. Don't miss it. The blend is 67 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2017) — 9 months ago

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Arianna Occhipinti

SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane Albanello Muscat of Alexandria 2015

Delectable Wine
9.1

Dark golden-yellow. The complex nose offers a curious but intriguing mix of macerated peach, aromatic herbs, capers and custard cream. Fresh and clean on entry, then delivers noteworthy tannic bite to the orchard fruit and saline flavors. Finishes with explosive lemony freshness on the long back end. Made in a macerated style (not quite an orange wine, though), but cleaner and livelier than most such wines. (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, Dec 2016) — 9 months ago

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Jacques Selosse

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

Delectable Wine
9.1

Selosse’s NV Extra Brut Rosé is especially gracious and light on its feet in this release, with a real sense of weightlessness that makes it an excellent choice to get the evening started. Disgorged October 5, 2015. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jul 2017) — 9 months ago

Severn, Matt Trader, and 4 others liked this

Joh. Jos. Prüm

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Cheesy fermentative overtones give way to a site-typical amalgam of fresh apple garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope. This is another of those Prüm Kabinetts that is watery in a positive sense of that word, combining watercolor-like transparency and wash of flavor with delicacy and refreshment. As with the corresponding Graacher, the finishing sense of wet stone and floral perfume is striking, and here a mouthwatering hint of salinity adds significantly to the appeal. (David Schildknecht, Vinous, Jan 2018) — 9 months ago

Severn, Maria and 2 others liked this

Domaine Drouhin

RoseRock Pinot Noir 2014

Medium body, valentines’ bouquet of red roses, smooth river stone. Balance and very nice acidity. — 10 months ago

Shawn, Mike and 7 others liked this

Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Rosé 2000

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🗞 Y2K 🐜 🤣, Blockbuster not buy Netflix 🤣, Concord 😢, PS2 🕹, DotCom 💥📉
🎵 Oops! I Did It Again, Stan, Who let the 🐶 out
🎥 X-Men, Cast Away, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator
🗣 I have nipples Greg, could you milk me?
🌍 6.09B

Pink Pinot Porn 💗

The steamy finessed intricate pink bubbles tease you as they dance around the glass hypnotising you to take a sip of the deep clear amber, shining copper & salmon love juice. The nose seduces with a powerful floral cherry red berry smokey soil leafy peachy brioche mist. Helplessly your palette succumbs to a smooth rich strawberry peach & red berry biscuity mousse caress that teases you to take another as the kiss lingers on and on. I thought the 96 pink DP was hot but this is X-rated! Drank in a Zalto Burgundy glass & decanted.

Divine! 😍
— 10 months ago

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Chris England

Chris England

@Weijie Shi thanks I had fun doing this one 👍🥂🎉
Riddley Walker

Riddley Walker

Looks like something shot by a NASA telescope 🛰🎆🤩
Chris England

Chris England

@Riddley Walker Ha Ha yes but in pink 😁🥂👍

O'Brien Estate

Romance of the Heart Napa Valley Red Blend 2013

Juicy dark fruit, dark chocolate, cedar, leather, smooth, building tannins. — a year ago

Willie, Lori and 3 others liked this

Lingua Franca

Sisters Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of peach, Anjou pear, melon and Meyer lemon, along with a bright floral overtone. Juicy and densely packed, displaying a deft interplay of richness and vivacity to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Picks up smoky lees, honey and iodine nuances with air and shows excellent clarity and back-end lift. The strikingly long, penetrating finish echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes and betrays no rough edges. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 9 months ago

Craig, Maria and 3 others liked this

Brooks

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

This is a very nice pinot. Perfect for a Valentines Day dinner with my sweetheart. — 2 years ago

Severn, Craig and 4 others liked this

Gimonnet-Oger

Millesime Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend 1996

1996 vintage, disgorged July 2015, 7g dosage. Not terribly romantic facts for Valentines Day, but what to do? This hit it out of the park with scallops and showed some powerful Apple notes with round edges. Wonderfully balanced with bright, crisp acidity. The 2015 disgorgement adds loads of freshness to counter the power of the fruit. Excellent Valentines Day wine. — 2 years ago

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Byron C Mayes

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The label says 1996. Was that a photo search?
Anthony Lombardi

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@Byron C Mayes - thanks for catching. I posted while drinking Champagne & multitasking 😀