Winter’s here and colder weather with it means it’s time for hearty reds that warm our bodies and our spirits. We have a half dozen that fit the bill and come from around the globe from France to Portugal to California.
Chateau La Croix des Pins, Le Villages Ventoux AOP, “Les 3 Villages” 2017 – Cape Classics in New York brings this French charmer to the U.S. It’s a blend of 55% Grenache Noir, 35% Syrah, 5% Marselan and 5% Carignan. It’s 14% ABV. Fresh and juicy, it is aged for 15 years for a rich, smooth finish. Each of the varietals is aged separately in stainless vats for 13 or more months.
Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – In Walla Walla, WA This winery was a founder, taking its name from the Nez Perce Indian dialect which translates to “Running Water.” Bold and aromatic, it has scents of currant and plum, toasted oak and dark chocolate. Smooth, with a long finish, it makes its own statement.
Lab of Portugal,Vinho Regional Lisboa 2016 – This is a red medium dry wine from vineyards with clay and limestone soils and comes from Castelao (35%), Tinta Roriz (25%), Touriga Nacional (15%) and Syrah (23%). It undergoes traditional fermentation and long maceration followed byaging in new oak barrels for four months. It is produced by Casa Santos Lima.
Fetzer Coro Mendocino 2010, is produced in Hopland, CA, blending 67% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah and 10% Petite Syrah. The wine combines five Zinfandel selections from the same vineyard for complexity. “The expression of “place” is the characteristic that the winemaker seeks to showcase. It is uniquely Californian, rich, distinctive and flavorful.
Kanonkop Estate Wine Paul Sauer 2014, made in the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch area of South Africa, is rich and full-bodied with a deep ruby red color, classic elegance and notes of black currant, red berry and cassis. The vines are, on average, 23 years old, the winemaker notes. It ages in new French oak, medium toasted, for 24 months. Rich and flavorful, it’s a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
Feuille De Garance Cotes Du Rhone 2018 is 14.5 percent alcohol by volume, says the importer, Cape Classics and comes from Domaine Rouge Garance in the south of France. It’s classic, rich and spicy, blending 60% Grenache, 30 % Syrah and 10% Cinsault. It is eco-certificed organic and has 14.5 percent ABV. The vines are said to be a minimum of 20 years old and grow in hard clay and limestone-based soils. It has aromas of crushed fruit, earthy with raspberry, spice and tart cherry notes.