While we love sipping wines all year, there's no time quite like late summer as it transitions into autumn. Warm days and chilly nights practically beg you to reach for the corkscrew, to sit down and savor a yummy glass of wine. Here are some of our favorite picks for the season!
St. Supéry 2018 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Opulent purple and red hues present this wine. Cassis, black plum and dark raspberry aromas combine with anise and subtle vanilla, evidence of the toasted oak maturation. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors mingle with dark cocoa, black licorice, espresso and subtle toasted oak. This textured and elegantly structured cabernet sauvignon exhibits a velvety tannin finish. 90+ points. From the vineyard featured on our cover!
Cedar + Salmon 2020 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Tasting Notes: Greets the nose with honeysuckle, freshcut grass, and lemon zest aromas. Refreshing on the palate, this medium-bodied wine comes alive with crisp apple peel fl avors and soft fl oral notes. The sustaining finish is balanced with a bright acidity. While normally we'd recommend a pinot gris for summer, we think this bottle pairs well with porch swings and firepits.
Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2020
Tasting Notes: This wine has a bright deep ruby color, it offers aromas of dark berry, plum, cedar, violet, ginger, vanilla bean and spice. On the palate, offers you a rich full body mouth feel with round firm tannins and flavors of ripe black berries, black cherries, hints of mocha and cloves which complements the refreshing acidity that lingers in the finish. Those delicious notes just scream autumn to us!
Cattleya Cuvée Number Five Chardonnay 2017
Tasting Notes: As if a portal to the fog-laden and windswept hillsides of the Sonoma Coast, this powerful Chardonnay transports the senses with classic aromas of pear tart, green apple, Meyer lemon, and an unmistakable salinity. Bold fl avors of baked apple, toasted vanilla, and honeysuckle create a richly complex and layered mouthfeel that is harnessed by the vibrant acidity this area is known for. The pear and apple notes – and almost cooling effect of the wine – remind us of days spent at the orchard.