Five Ghoulishly Tasty Red Wines for Halloween

These spooky-themed wines are killer.

All Hallows Eve is a night of tricks, treats, frights and fêtes. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, channel Bela Lugosi and fill your glass with some bloody delicious reds. Whether you’re partying in costume or avoiding the things that go bump in the night, these adult treats are way better than candy corn.

Charles Smith 2013 Velvet Devil Merlot (Washington)
Winemaker Charles Smith’s Devil is full of swagger and smooth bravado. On first taste, you’ll be convinced to walk on the wild side: elegant tannins from the touch of Cabernet Sauvignon elevates this Merlot, providing backbone for juicy fruit with a hint of tobacco. Lush as velvet, this red is one hell of a good time!

Bogle Vineyards 2011 Phantom (California)
Seductive, intense and luscious, the wine’s character is truly an apparition, elusive at first but reveals its red fruit as it opens. Made with old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre, notes of juicy boysenberry and black fruit are deepened with aromas of pipe tobacco and black pepper.

Domaine des Sablonnettes 2013 Les Bon Petit Diable (Vin de France)
One look at the label and you know this wine is a good time. Translated to “the good little devil,” this feisty scamp is an easy-sipping, biodynamically-produced Cabernet Franc from the Loire. The playful, floral nose leads into a cheerful cherry palate, full of dancing acidity.

Casa Rojo 2011 The Invisible Man (Rioja)
Blink and you may miss this Tempranillo, which hails from the Rioja Alta section of the region. Plum and raspberry define the nose, with some floral notes adding interest. On the palate, a discreet hint of oak translates to toasty notes, but otherwise, red fruit flavors abound. With soft tannins and a short finish, it’s like the wine was never here…

Christian Leperchois 2012 Lunar Apogé (Pays d’Oc)
With a label depicting the phases of the moon, it’s no surprise to learn that this wine was harvested nocturnally, to prevent oxidation. Certified biodynamic from estate-grown fruit, this Syrah boasts surprising freshness, with a highly perfumed nose of raspberry and spice. Fresh acidity balances with a silky body, with a pretty, playful finish.

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Published on October 21, 2015
Topics: Holiday Guide, Wine Trends
About the Author
Joseph Hernandez

Hernandez is a Chicago-based writer and editor obsessed with wine, food and being an oft-misguided know-it-all. WSET certified, his work has appeared in various print and digital publications, including National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, Food RepublicModern Luxury's Men's Book and Chef Marcus Samuelsson's blog. When he's not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you can find Hernandez documenting his latest meal or day trip on Instagram.




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