Do you love the Fall? There are plenty of reasons to welcome the change in season. Maybe you like the hot, humid days coming to a close and enjoy breathing in the cool, crisp Autumn air. The smell of apples and pumpkin spice fill your nose more and more each day. While you’re on the road, your drive becomes a bit scenic as numerous trees inject a kaleidoscope of colors into your daily commute.
In the spirit of leaf-peeping, here are some fitting wines (and labels) you could bring with you for a picnic, or to enjoy at home while you gaze at the picturesque landscape.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
The 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purple color with ruby red tones. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel shows red currant and cassis fruit layered with notes of cedar and espresso bean. The finish is soft and sweet, with finely grained tannins adding structure and length
Wine & Spirits: 91 Points
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Medium red color. Spicy black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of white pepper and rose; smells a bit like a grenache. Gently sweet, fresh red and dark berry flavors are brisk and focused, displaying good back-end lift and energy. Finishes on a sweet blackberry note, with good clinging sweetness. This could handle a light chill.
International Wine Cellar: 88
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
The grapes for Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2006 were whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and to maximize fresh fruit characters. After press, the juice was settled for 12-24 hours prior to inoculating with Montrachet and Premier Cuvee yeast strains. The juice was allowed to ferment for 2-3 weeks at 60oF, producing clean, expressive Chardonnay character. To create a more complex mouthfeel, a portion of the wine underwent sur lie aging and was influenced by oak. A portion of our Chardonnay completed malolactic fermentation, contributing a buttery texture along with deep, layered flavors.
Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2006 possesses expressive fruit-forward characters, the result of sourcing only Premium fruit from three of California’s most recognized Chardonnay appellations: Sonoma, Napa and Monterey Counties. Modern winemaking technique allowed this wine to express characters of baked apple and lemon cream accented by an elegant, sweet, toasty vanilla finish.
Robert Parker: 90
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
We are excited to release our Witness Tree “Estate” Pinot Noir – the wine that is really a “snapshot” of our entire vineyard – which ultimately reflects the blending of the flavors and textures produced by the varying soil types, vine ages, clonal-selections and sun-exposures from our 52-acre vineyard. The wine itself is packed with succulent, forward black fruits with just the slightest hint of vanilla and spice. The season provided us with graceful and spirited Pinot Noir - the kind of beautiful wine that put Oregon on the world map of premier Pinot producers in the 1980’s.
Wine Spectator: 91
Robert Parker: 90
Our free mobile wine apps has Festive Fall Wine Pairings right on the home screen. Next time your in the wine aisle, jump into our app and see how these wines match up with dishes involving apples or pumpkins, football food, comforting soups, and desserts! Delicious stuff.