Tim O'Rourke, General Manager of Weygandt Wines (Young Winos Award Winner for Best Large Wine Shop), gave us his recommendations of the best wines to enjoy during the fall season.
PS - All Young Winos get 15% off ANY wine purchase at Weygandt Wines. Just stop in the shop and mention that you're part of the group!
6 Wines To Enjoy This Fall:
Tenuta Olim Bauda Barbera d'Asti La Villa, $17/btl - 100% Barbera - Asti, Piedmont, Italy
This reveals a relatively easygoing, soft expression of this grape in its super-ripe red fruits, flowers and spices. The wine shows good focus as well as balance in an engaging style. Perfect with pizza or pasta w/ marinara.
Château de la Bonneliere Chinon Les Cornuelles, $20/btl - 100% Cabernet Franc - Chinon, Loire Valley, France
From a parcel of fifty year-old vines in this excellent terroir, this is aged in four and five year-old, 450 liter barrels. The 2012 Cornuelles offers up a fine and quite youthful bouquet of dark berries, gravelly soil tones, cigar ash, a touch of tree bark, gentle meaty tones, espresso and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nicely structured and quite soil-driven in personality, with a lovely core, moderate, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused and very promising finish. This is a very good example of how the low yields of 2012 have not adversely affected the overall quality of the wines, just the quantity. Autumn in a glass!
Mas Martinet Priorat Menut, $20/btl - 50% Grenache, 30% Merlot, 20% Syrah - Priorat, Spain
Deep ruby. Expressive aromas of blackberry, spiced plum and flowers, along with hints of smoked meat and tobacco. Open-knit, attractively sweet dark fruit flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and gain firmness with air. With its absence of rough edges and good lingering ripeness, this is drinking very well right now.
Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martins, $40/btl - 100% Pinot Noir - Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
A pungent nose of moderate wood, iron-inflected earth, dark berries and the hallmark Mercurey sauvage nuances leads to very rich and ripe medium weight flavors that are shaped by firm but mature tannins. The powerful, muscular and rustic finish displays fine length and very good depth that should only improve with time in bottle. A classic Burgundy that will pair well w/ anything from a roasted chicken, to pork, to lighter beef dishes.
Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Girard, $50/btl - 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 3% Syrah, 2% Cinsault - Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France
Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed scents of fresh red and dark berries, potpourri, white pepper and woodsmoke. Sweet and open-knit, conveying very good clarity to its juicy black raspberry and cherry compote flavors. At once rich and lively, this suave Châteauneuf finishes with excellent clarity and light, fine-grained tannins. Delicious already but has the depth to reward patience.
Château Bellegrave Pomerol, $60/btl - 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc - Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Bright, medium red. Captivating aromas and flavors of blueberry, mocha and espresso. Elegant, seamless wine with nicely integrated acidity. Suave and smooth but with real lift and clarity. This very pure wine is balanced to offer early pleasure but can be held for a decade. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and sneaky length. A beauty. Drinking great right now--it's a mid-weight but still has enough structure to go with your favorite braised meats and game. All the components of a great Pomerol are present in a fine, elegant package.