As Nicole Abiouness explains, the lotus flower that is featured on her wine labels expresses potential. The flower rises from its muddy waters each morning and opens into a glorious display of beauty. This is timely, given that it is exactly what many of us desire to do with the start of a new year: have a grand new opening of ourselves.

The 2015 Abiouness Pinot Noir reminds me why I am so fascinated with wine. There is a silky core of ripe red fruits, understandably from California’s sunny climes, but there are also pencil lead and dried floral aromas that are more often found in red Burgundies. The wine is a deliciously complex melding of new and old world flavors.

This wine on is the list at Charter Oak Restaurant in St. Helena, and I snapped up a bottle at Napa’s Bounty Hunter just last week for less than the listed price.

Cheers, and happy new year!

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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