Your dad may need ties, but he doesnt want ties. He might even need that new wallet, the reversible belt, or the bobblehead Kevin Durant. But does he really want them, other than that bobblehead KD? He will smile and tell you thanks and youll still be his little girl or his pride and joy, but seriously, do you want an iron for your birthday? How about a lovely toaster?
If your dad loves wine, Fathers Day is the perfect time to buy him something he would never buy for himself. Buy him a wine hes never heard of, or buy him one he hasnt had since he and your mom made you, or even one you have to get contributions from your slacker siblings to buy.
Napa Valley produces red, Bordeaux-style wines that are malefriendly, even for our stubborn fathers. Some of these wines can age for decades, but offer complexity and beauty right now as well.
Its appropriate to begin with a wine that is iconic even by Napa Valley standards. Joseph Phelps Insignia scored 91 points or more for 17 straight years in Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. In 2007, it was No. 1 on Wine Spectators Top 100.
Bruce Upthegrove, a wine representative for Republic National Distributing, the company that represents Phelps, said Insignia is one of Americas best wines.
The 2006 vintage is still available in the metro, and it scored a 95 from Parker. The wine is rich and layered, with flavors of black currant, blackberries, licorice, pencil lead, olive and earth. It has a strong tannic backbone, but is balanced.
Its available in fine metro wine shops, including Edmond Wine Shop, 1520 S. Boulevard in Edmond.
Matt Meyer, son of Silver Oak founder Justin Meyer, came through Oklahoma City last year to introduce his homage to his familys legacy: Bonnys Vineyard Cabernet. Meyer opened a bottle of his fathers Silver Oak Napa Valley from 1987 for a side-by-side comparison.
I just wanted you to get a sense of what my father was trying to do, Meyer said. This is the same quality and longevity were going for.
Both wines were stunning. The Bonnys Vineyard, named for the vineyard Justin Meyer planted in 1974 as a gift to his wife, is redder than other Napa wines in this list. Its layered and complex, with flavors of fig, red berries and cherry. Earth and tobacco
are present, but the wine is richer in
red fruit than the brown flavors. Its available at The Grape Wine &
Spirits, 13325 N. MacArthur.
wines have long fared well in the metro, even as its second label,
Starmont, continues to grow in popularity in restaurants. Profile, the
proprietary red blend from Merryvale, is a reminder of why wines become
icons. Strong tannins, solid structure and intense flavors make this a
brawny, delicious monster. Blackberry, black currant, licorice and earth
lead to a lingering finish that shows cedar and dark berries.
Its available at Edmond Wine Shop and Spirit Shop, 1117 Garver in Norman.
isnt exactly a household name, but the family is producing some
remarkable wines in Napa, including their beautiful Amalia Chardonnay.
The 2006 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet is 100 percent Cabernet, unusual for
Florencia Palmaz, who
was in Oklahoma City in May to introduce the wines, said the family
selected the best fruit each year from blind barrel tastings, and the
Cabernet was best this year.
wine is elegant and bracing. Floral notes, particularly violet and black
currant, are prominent. Chocolate and blueberry are present, and the
finish is lingering, intense fruit.
The Palmaz is available at Edmond Wine Shop and Beaus Wine Bin, 2810 W. Country Club Drive.