Wines for Fall 1

Wines for Fall

woman on wine with amy reiley

One of the questions I’m most often asked is: “What’s your favorite wine.” Although I definitely favor a few vintners and styles over others, what I’m really into at any moment depends on the weather more than anything. Fall is a transitional time of year when fruity and fun wines still have a place, but, like a great wardrobe, must be mixed with some heavier, darker items. Here are some of my selections for the season.

2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
A new release for this highly respected winery, Barnardus’ SLH takes a delicate approach to Pinot. An absolute classic, it offers red cherry and plum fruit with just a bit of earth and sensual Middle Eastern spice.
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Chateau Lettau
2010 Stiletto Tempranillo
As the name would imply, this is a womanly wine and the kind that makes you want to cuddle in front of the fire. A medium-bodied red with perfume-like notes of violets, berries and dried lavender, it is bright yet soft and lingers long.

Fenestra Winery
2010 Pinot Gris
Treated to 10 months of oak aging, this is a PG for autumn. Medium-bodied with a surprisingly complex palate for a wine in its price range, it offers a medley of apple, pear, lemon zest, honeydew and just a hint of vanilla.

Martin & Weyrich
2010 Moscato Allegro
Spritzy, slightly sweet and playful, it makes a perfect partner for fall corn and those end-of-season tomatoes. And when the days go grey, turn to this floral and spicy wine to chase any seasonal blues away.

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
A rich, but balanced Napa Cab, it is a great wine for transitioning into the cold weather. It is bright with currant flavor and finesse. Although I wish it lingered longer on the tongue, I can’t get enough of the earthy notes toward the finish. Its a sensual style of wine that will take you from fall into winter.

Steven Kent Winery
2009 Lineage
This is a beauty. Although it’s pricey, it is an impressively balanced Bordeaux blend and probably one of the most sexy, sophisticated red wines from the Livermore Valley.


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