Now that the weather is starting to change and get a little cooler, it is time to start changing what we drink. It is time for bolder reds and whites that go great with fall cuisine, football tailgates and cooler weather. Over the last couple of weeks we have gotten in over a dozen great new wines perfect for this time of year!
Here are 12 Great new wines to try for Fall:
DOMAINE DE GRANGENEUVE 2014 LES DAMES DE BLANCHES DU SUD – $19.99
The name is certainly more than a mouthful and so is the wine. 50% Viognier, 25% Marsanne, 15% White Grenache & 15% Roussanne with lovely color of yellow straw with gold undertones with an intense nose with a dominant aroma of acacia flowers and fresh white fruits, finishing with good minerality. Full and powerful mouth with an intense expression of apricot, white peach and jasmine spice.
DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS 2014 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE LES TROIS SOEURS – $14.99
Very few wines go better with the root veggies, roasts and stews of fall and winter than the wines of the Rhone Valley. Domaine Les Grands Bois has been one of our favorite producers for years, and the 2014 is another winner. Plum color is accompanied by notes of white chocolate, crushed berry fruit, earth, and licorice. Broad, savory, and silky textured, delicious, and enormously satisfying, especially with roasted pork or chicken.
FLOR DE VETUS 2012 VINO DE FINCA TORO – $19.99
From the same group that makes the incredible wines of Vina Izadi and Orben in Rioja and Villacreces in Ribera del Duero, Vetus is Artevino’s property in Toro and is just as good as their other wines. 100% Tinta de Toro aged ten months in French and American oak, the full-bodied, complex, and dry the Flor de Vetus offers up notes of Provencal herbs, white chocolate and jammy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. An opulent, chewy, voluptuously textured red perfect for anything off the grill.
FORCHIR 2014 LAMIS PINOT GRIGIO – $15.99
Ok, maybe this isn’t the perfect “fall weather wine,” but if you love Pinot Grigio you’re going to drink it no matter what the season. And we love this Pinot Grigio and have anxiously waiting the arrival of the new vintage. An elegant Pinot Grigio that begins with intense aromas of apricots and orange with a hint of dry herbs that finishes bright and crisp with notes of ripe stone fruit.
LA GERLA 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO – $66.99
2010 is a fantastic vintage for Italy, especially the Brunello district. La Gerla’s 2010, like any young, high quality Brunello will benefit from a couple years in the cellar, but La Gerla’s is juicy and soft enough right now to offer plenty of hedonistic enjoyment right now. Cherry and raspberry fruit meets wild herb, eucalyptus and underbrush aromas and flavors in this dense, muscular red begging for slow cooked osso bucco.
LELIEVRE 2014 COTES DE TOUL GRIS – $20.99
This is one of the coolest, most unique wines we’ve gotten in lately and a perfect white/rose for fall. This is definitely the first wine we’ve ever tasted from Lorraine, France and by far the best Gamay Rose we’ve tried. This outrageously tasty, delicately fruity, high toned, salty mineral, perfumey, high acid, Rose delight is perfect for the last few warm days of the year but also has the vibrancy to cut through fall weather cuisine.
MIRO 2013 PETITE SIRAH – $26.99
When we had Trentadue winemaker Miro Tcholakov at Taylor’s last year for a tasting of the La Storia wines he makes at Trentadue, he also let us in on a little secret. The wines he makes tiny amounts of under his own label were coming to NC soon. “Soon” ended up being a little longer that we anticipated, but this absolutely brilliant 2013 Petite Sirah was definitely worth the wait. Blueberry and blackberry, with softer notes of toasty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar, and dark molasses.
MOLLYDOOKER 2014 THE BOXER SHIRAZ – $29.99
It’s finally back! It’s been more than six months since we’ve been able to get our hands on Australia’s most popular “fruit bomb” Shiraz. Sparky Marquis has built a career producing some of the world’s most juicy, luscious and silky smooth Shirazes the world has seen. 2014’s Boxer will do nothing to diminish his reputation. Boasting incredible density of fruit along with that tell-tale purity, blackberries, white flowers, melted chocolate, sweet licorice, and subtle wood. Full-bodied, beautifully textured and layered with an awesome finish.
ORBEN 2011 MALPUESTO RIOJA – $49.99
As much we love those subtle, cedary, tobacco-ey and old world style Tempranillos, the bold, modern style ones have their place too. Purple/black-colored, aromas of toasty oak, licorice, crushed stone, blackberry, and black cherry leap from the glass. Made from 100% Tempranillo vines planted 90 years ago, these ancient vines produce tiny amounts of extremely concentrated and nuanced fruit.
SIDURI 2013 PARSONS’ VINEYARD PINOT NOIR – $44.99
We’ve been big fans of Siduri’s Pinot Noirs for a long time. Recently tasting through a number (they usually make around 20 different Pinots in each vintage) of their current releases we were blown away by the 2013 Parsons’ Vineyard. Toasty sweet oak over brilliant layers of cassis, crème brulee, licorice and dried spice-driven profile.
STICKYBEAK 2013 RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY – $12.99
When was the last time you saw a Russian River Chardonnay under $15? Especially one that was pretty darned good. Well it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen one this good for just $12.99. A pillow-soft Chardonnay that hits all the right notes for Russian River Chard, showing baked fruit, cantaloupe, butter and a bit of vanilla.
TENSLEY 2014 TENSHEN RED – $29.99
Winemaker Joey Tensley and importer and vintner Alex Guarachi have teamed up to make this exciting redfrom Santa Barbara, now in its second vintage. The first release sold out quickly and we’ve just received our allocation of the 2014. The new releases shows a wide array of flavors, extending from ripe, juicy plum and black cherry to subtler dried herb, tar and rose petal. Surprisingly elegant and complex for such a boldly flavored wine.