Autumn will be here soon, bringing cooler days, earlier sunsets and a different approach to what we drink. Lighter whites and rosés still play a role, albeit smaller, but it’s time for some heartier reds. We bring you a half dozen, ranging in price from $19.99 to $64.99 a bottle, SRP. They come from excellent wine growing regions, top winemakers and outstanding estates.
• Chateau La Nerthe – Rouge 2012 – This French Chateauneuf-du-Paper from France comes from a long tradition of making great vintages from vines that average 40 years of age. They are certified AB Organic, estate grown and hand harvested. The wine is 44% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 14% Mourvédre and 5% Cinsault and has a suggested retail price of $64.99. Pair it with your favorite steak dinner, duck, veal, game birds, sausage, lamb or braised meats and cassoulet. The wine got 91 points from Wine Spectator last year.
• Bodegas CARO – 2013- From Mendoza, Argentina, this award-winning, premium blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet is described by Pasternak Wine Imports as “a steakhouse must.” The wine, from one of Baron de Rothschild’s domaines, received 96 points from JamesSuckling.com this spring. It is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels from Lafite’s cooperage. The hand-harvested grapes come the from premier high altitude vineyards of Mendoza. The SRP is $62.99.
• Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2013 from Valpolicella, Italy received 90 points from Wine Spectator last summer. The grapes are hand harvested from pergola wines that range in age from 25 to 30 years and eight to 10-year-old pergola vines on Fumanelli’s Squarano estate. They age for eight to 10 months in French barriques and are further aged three months in the bottle. The Marchesi Fumanelli estate has a long history of making wines, dating to 1470. This vintage has great structure and a soft, rich and lingering finish and received 90 points from Wine Spectator a year ago in June.The SRP is $29.99.
• Bodegas CARO Amancaya Gran Reserva 2013 – Like its “big brother,” the CARO 13, this Argentinean Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon blend (60 to 70 percent Malbec and 30-40 percent Cab) falls in the premium, award-winning category of wines and got 93 points this May from JamesSuckling.com. Its native Indian name comes from a mountain flower that is indigenous to the Andes. The wine is completely hand harvested and is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. The higher percentage of Malbec and shorter aging period creates a fruiter wine than the CARO. The SRP is $20.99 per bottle.
• Los Vascos Grande Réserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – Grown in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, this is a full-bodied blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere, 10% Syrah and 5% Malbec. Estate grown and bottled, it aged for 12 months in French oak. With an SRP of $19.99, it offers excellent value. The elegant, refined wine with good tannins, has complex berry notes along with hints of bay leaves and pepper.
• Légende Bordeaux Rouge 2014 – A blend a Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and 40% Merlot, this subtle and refined wine won a Decanter Silver Award, World Wide Awards 12016 with 90 points. Like its’ appellation, it offers aromatic complexity and elegance. It’s well structured with ripe tannins and deep hints of black fruit with a spicy finish. The nose offers scents of vanilla and cocoa. The SRP is $17.99.
These autumn sipping wines are imported by Pasternak Wine Imports at www.pasternakwine.com.