By far, my favorite time of the year is Fall. I love the cool crisp temperatures, I love the colors of the season, and I love a good glass of wine on a chilly Autumn evening. And since the first day of Autumn is coming up this week, I thought I would share some great wines you can enjoy this season.
The first wine I would like to share with you this week is in celebration of Earth Day. The Adobe Vineyard out of Chile releases a group of limited edition organic wines to celebrate Earth Day and the Cabernet Sauvignon I had this past week is one of those wines.
They also make a Sauvignon Blanc for all my white wine loving friends. I had the opportunity to have the Cabernet Sauvignon this past week, and not only is it an outstanding value at just $14.99, it’s a great wine. It was named one of the top 20 wines for under $20, and for a good reason. It has a lot of depth and complexity for an inexpensive wine, great structure and bold fruits. I loved it, and will buy it again.
Another wine I tried new this past week makes the Top 20 for under $20 list on a regular basis. Broquel puts out many great wines, all under $20 and a new one I tried this past week was the Cabernet Franc. Now I have to be honest, my only experiences with Cabernet Franc tend to be Bordeaux blends, where many French winemakers traditionally include Cabernet Franc as part of their blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This varietal all by itself was surprisingly delicious. Full-bodied and spicy, with a good solid tannic structure. Not unlike it’s relative, Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m originally from Newfoundland, and with Moose season here, this is the perfect wine for wild game and any red meat.
I tried a bunch of new wines this week, and here’s another one. The Rio Madre Rioja from Spain featuring the Graciano grape. I have to tell you, this is not a familiar grape to me, but the wine was delicious. The Graciano grape is well known to Spanish winemakers though, used to add a floral note and complexity to their blended wines. This wine was first introduced in 2010 and since then have been given 90+ points across the board, including a 91 from the man himself, Robert Parker. I love the fact the grapes are hand harvested and only the best non-bruised grapes are used for this wine. Rich dark fruits and a great wine for pizza and pasta.
Last but not least, is my greatest find this week…..
The Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is worth every penny of the $35 I paid for it. Grapes for this wine were harvested in October, which is late. And what that did was add a full-bodied sweet note to the Cabernet. Dark rich fruits, spice, sweet licorice with a silky finish makes for a spectacular wine. Treat yourself! You work hard, you deserve it. And this wine will put a smile on your face.