Autumn is almost here, and it’s one of the best times of the year for wineries and wine lovers alike. At vineyards everywhere, days get longer, air cools, and leaves on the vines start to get that rim of gold. Amber spreads across each leaf, warming to rich brown and then the grand finale – a sea of fiery red grapevines. As you sit out on your own deck and take in the landscape of fall color, the only thing we can think of that would make it better is a great bottle of wine to sip. Whether it’s a white or a red, here are our favorite wines to sip this fall!
Warm Autumnal Reds
Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon opens with deep black cherry, blackberry, and cassis flavors. Intense, round, and well-structured tannins lead to a strong backbone throughout the middle and finish.
Decoy Zinfandel‘s lovely dark violet color and luscious fruit aromas show that this wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel. On the palate, layers of blueberry and cassis are underscored by structure that makes way for refined tannins, balanced acidity and oak.
Erath Pinot Noir has black cherry aromas that are underscored by sweet mandarin orange and caramel. The wine opens on the palate with notes of sweet black cherry and ends seamlessly into a supple mouthfeel.
Lush Golden Whites
Elk Cove Pinot Gris Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. Medium-bodied and balanced, serve this white wine with salmon, main-course salads or Asian dishes.
Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay – Brilliant clear straw in color, this glimmering Chardonnay displays tropical aromas of guava, pineapple, bright nectarine, peach, green apple, and citrus delicately spiced with toasty oak. Balanced and defined, the nectarine and lemon flavors lift notes of orange blossom and a hint of smoke. This adds a toasted oak character with sweet vanilla.
What’s your favorite wine to sip during the Autumn months?