It is a smorgasbord of flavors for fall wines. The temperatures remain warm but now the weather is inviting to sip outdoors. Fruity flavors such as apples, pears and peaches enhance the boldness of these selections. Grab a glass and toast to this colorful time of year.
This medium-bodied Italian red offers aromas of cherry tart, anise and subtle hints of violet. The palate is supple with red berry fruit, balanced tannins and pleasant earthy notes. This versatile wine can be enjoyed on its own or pairs easily with food. Try with grilled meats, margarita pizza and eggplant Parmesan.
Canoe Ridge Expedition Merlot
Canoe Ridge pays homage to the famed explorers Lewis and Clark. It is rumored they named Canoe Ridge when they journeyed through eastern Washington state on the Columbia River. They thought the ridge near the vineyard resembled an overturned canoe. Fortunately, one does not have to travel very far to find this impressive Washington state merlot. The wine is big and bold with intense aromas of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate. The mid-palate is dense with flavors of blueberry, cassis and hints of black pepper. The tannins are firm, yet velvety, and the finish is silky smooth.
A to Z Pinot Gris
This aromatic white from Oregon offers a combination of flavors such as golden delicious apples, honeyed pears, quince and lemon blossom. Its rich texture and mouth-feel are nicely balanced with moderate acidity and subtle mineral notes. Looking for the perfect wine to serve for the fall? For this one, your guests will thank you!
J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley is known for excellent pinot noir, and J Vineyards produces a stunning example from this region. The wine is elegant and well balanced, with concentrated flavors of black raspberry, cherry, cola and spiced tea. This full-bodied pinot is extremely food-friendly and will complement a wide variety of cuisines. Try with mushroom risotto, teriyaki salmon and roast chicken.
Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
This full-bodied chardonnay is made exclusively from estate-grown fruit. The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is known for creating rich, concentrated wines with both power and finesse. Flavors of green apple, white peach and poached pears are followed by notes of toasted oak, vanilla and spice. The finish is long, with lush fruit and floral nuances. Chardonnay lovers, rejoice!