The pounding hot days of summer are behind us and it is clear we are having a change of seasons, corresponding to the autumnal equinox. The lighter fare of summer now evolves through deeper flavored wines and before long we will be featuring heavier and richer wines that reflect winter cuisines. This Saturday we will taste a sampler of wines that are bold but not heavy, deeper in flavor than the typical summer tittle.
Gruet Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise, New Mexico
List price 19.00; Our price 15.99
This is a lovely fruity wine with an aggressive mousse and plenty of immediate charm and toasty aromas. The rich and toasty character of the Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The berry aromas and the creamy texture set the tone and create a sense of finesse. It received 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: “This affordable non-vintage sparkler has a lively mousse and a pale poached-salmon hue. Its ripe pear aromas suggest a rich wine, but that richness is enveloped by a firm, rosy phenolic grip.”
2013 Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay, North Coast
List price 15.00; Our price 10.99
With aromas of tropical fruit and pear, the palate is softened by a creamy quality enhanced by the spicy oak. Cartlidge and Brown carefully source grapes from vineyards throughout the state to craft their smooth pleasurable wines. It pairs nicely with white meat dishes.
2016 Los Vascos Rosé, Colchagua, Chile
List price 12.00; Our price 9.99
The nose is packed with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, cherries and pomegranates. The palate is fresh, balanced and persistent. This wine is an excellent choice for an apéritif or to pair with moderately spicy dishes such as gazpacho, pizza or paella.
2013 Laurier Pinot Noir, Carneros
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
This enduring classic delivers elegance and finesse with every sip. Flavors are varied and include black cherry, plum, cedar and a hint of cinnamon. Tannins dance lightly on the palate to create a long and pleasing finish. Great to sip by itself, it is also easy to drink with grilled pork chops, French onion soup, pasta dishes, and grilled salmon. Plum, black cherry, cedar, and a hint of cinnamon charm the palate. The finish is soft and protracted with silky tannins and spicy flavors.
2012 Terrabianca “Scassino” Chianti Classico, Tuscany
List price 21.50; Our price 19.99
The vineyard’s name comes from ‘scasso’, stony soil, which makes this terrain difficult to cultivate but fabulous in terms of fruit and concentration. It is an appealing, delightful, well balanced red with lively notes of raspberry and blueberry, and excellent structure. Chianti goes well with so many dishes, especially pasta.
2012 Ahnfeldt “Provocative” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
List price 29.00; Our price 24.95
The bouquet shows cherry and chocolate, as well as caramel and cinnamon in the background. There are also hints of currant and sandalwood. The entry is smooth and balanced with medium body and flavors echoing the bouquet. The evolution is seamless with fine-grain tannins and ample acidity. The finish is very pleasing with a good length and balance. This is a fine accompaniment to most meat dishes.
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