Wines We Love: What Our Staff Is Drinking This Fall

 

Fall is in the air and we can’t wait to cozy up with some bottles for the cooler weather. Check out what our staff is excited to drink this season!

Blaufränkisch, Moric – 2012
From a young estate (founded in 2001) comes this extraordinary example of Blaufränkisch. The nose offers pronounced graphite notes, along with dark fruits and hints of chocolate. The estate’s name, “Moric,” is of Hungarian origin and is pronounced “Moritz.”

St. Aubin Blanc “La Fontenotte,” Marc Colin et ses Fils – 2011
In recent years, the wines from Marc Colin have pulled back on the amount of new oak in their wines. This is a prime example of how they’ve evolved in order to boast the terroir of the vineyard. Chardonnay with great texture, mineral nature, and all-around freshness.

Freisa del Monferrato Casalese, Oreste Buzio – 2013
Fresh and delightful, Freisa is ideal for all who love easy, fruity, lighter red wines. Bright strawberry and raspberry dominate across the palate, mirroring the jubilant berry aromas in the glass. A touch of dark spice roughens the texture a bit. Serve cool with rare meats, charcuterie, and sweet peppers with cheese. This wine has no oak contact; it was vinified in stainless steel.

Christian Drouin Pommeaux de Normandie
The famous yet hard-to-find Pommeau de Normandie is made with the apple cider of the region, fortified with the legendary apple brandy known as Calvados. This offering from the venerable Drouin estate delivers all the goods for an incomparable value. The nose displays a classic interplay of fresh apple aromas mixed with sweet spice box and earth-driven richness. This is so easy to drink and perhaps the most versatile beverage we’ve come across.

Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Chardonnay – 2012
From this highly regarded location comes one of the best efforts from the Alexander Valley, Sonoma. The soil composition is gravelly, clay-like, and volcanic, formed over thousands of years from alluvial fan movement and flooding. This allows for drainage that is key for high quality grape growing and characteristics such as “wet stone” minerality. Realizing the remarkable potential of the land, the Stuhlmuller Family purchased 150 acres in 1982. The clones for this Chardonnay have been selected for their ability to produce small clusters as well as grapes with complex character. Combined with 76% malolactic fermentation, aging the wine sur-lie and minimal oak integration, give this wine a vibrant, rich feel on the palate. Aromatics of stone fruit, pear, apple, and hints of tropical fruit play well together.