Labor Day has come and gone and we are looking ahead to fall. We’re ready for a break from rosé and are opening these reds on cooler summer nights. End summer on a high note with these favorite red wines that will transition into fall.
2014 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County: $19
Made from the grapes of older Zinfandel vines, this Sonoma red comes with intense fruit flavors that remind us of summer, but a warm, elegant mouthfeel with notes of baking spices that catapult us straight into fall. Pair this wine with grilled or braised spare ribs.
2015 Saldo California Zinfandel:
Flaunting the deeper hues of fall in its color, this red wine brings notes of cracked black pepper, warm spices, and licorice to the table. Each sip brings a flood of full, rich flavor that is perfect with the last of your summer barbecue or a hearty fall pasta loaded with preserved summer tomatoes.
2016 Meiomi Pinot Noir: $25
This full-bodied wine is jammy enough to recall the flavors of summer’s berries, but warmed with toasted oak notes spotted with flavors of warm vanilla and mocha. The acidity of this wine makes it very food-friendly. We loved it with tomato-sauced, thin-crust pizza cooked on the grill or in the oven.
2015 Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon: $15
Soft tannins and a strong structure combine with warm spice flavors at the front that continue into a finish of deep, dark notes of ripe berries. You’ll find a hint of smoky leather notes that all together make this wine ideal with that iconic first bowl of fall chili.