Top 10 Wines to Welcome Autumn
Crisp breezes and changing foliage mark the start of autumn, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to pop open a bottle of your favorite wine. There may be no limit to the number of wines that complement this cozy season, but these will give you a well-rounded start.
Landmark Vineyards 2014 Overlook Chardonnay
For a classic dry white, this Chardonnay bursting with rich tropical flavors is a gem. Enjoy the creamy yet refreshing combination of green apple, citrus, apricot, and melon that balances a classic oak and butter aroma. Pair with soft cheese or seafood for a perfect finish.
Graci Etna Rosso 2014
If you’re looking for a fruity, cherry-driven wine with good aging potential, then be prepared to feel spoiled with all of the above with Graci’s Etna Rosso 2014. A must-sip seasonal wine, this radiant red tastes better every year. The alluring mix of black fruits, strawberries, cherries, plum, and licorice harmonize with refined tannins for a slightly bitter and acidic finish.
Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2013,
Of course, reds are typically well-loved wines for fall and you’ll never go wrong with this dark, medium-bodied Pinot Noir. Relish raspberry, cherry, and cranberry flavors that go down with a smooth and sweet finish. Couple with complexly flavored foods for a perfect balance.
Gary Farrell 2014 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
This dark yellow hued wine with layers of green apple, lemon blossom, and citrus zest gives a balanced acidity for a delightful entry and light finish. Savor the hint of apple-spice cake served up by this complex and delicious treat.
Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine Grenache/Cinsault Rose 2017
Rosé for autumn, why not? An ideal companion for turkey or ham, this vivid pink drink is full-bodied with a mellow mouthfeel that leads into a long, smooth finish. So, if you think autumn is just for the reds, think twice and try this bright, fresh rosé with a delightful kick.
Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
It’s time to trade the famous Pinot Noir for a classic Cabernet Sauvignon oozing with cherry and berry notes and a slight tang of chocolate. This fruity tannic wine in deep crimson is surprisingly lovely with blue cheese and sweet potato fries.
The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2016
As always, Pinot Noir is a great go-to for a little post-dinner indulgence―smooth, light, and not too acidic. A critic’s choice, this one is easy-to-drink with pronounced flavors of black cherries, oak, and Asian spice.
Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Savor the fragrant citrus and fresh white peaches that entwine with the finely concentrated flavors of stone fruit, nuts, lemon, and pith. Because of its fruity and subtle mineral character, this is a great pairing for fresh salads, grilled fish, and poultry.
Tormaresca Primitivo Torcicoda Salento NV
This non-vintage wine is definitely one of the most popular options among wine enthusiasts. Known for its deep violet color, don’t be deceived by the black cherry, blackberry, black pepper, and tobacco notes. This one is not your usual big, bold Primitivo―it features a hybridized taste, good tannins, and a long, smooth ending.
Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill Old Vines Monastrell 2015
Here’s one for all you Mourvèdre lovers (called Monastrell in Spain), because this list would not be complete with the ever popular Tarima Hill Monastrell 2015. The first sip exudes concentrated plum and dark berries, followed by a hint of chocolate and espresso. The juicy, fruity, and spicy mouthfeel is punctuated with some lingering, medium tannins. A sublime wine for autumn!