With fall approaching, you may start reaching not only for a sweater in the evening, but for a different wine as well. Our editors select five wines that illustrate the variety of tastes and textures available for seasonal drinking.
Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski: “As temperatures cool, my cravings pivot from crisp refreshment to reassuring warmth and richness. But that doesn’t necessarily mean tannic red wine. Toast the change of seasons with Paul Jaboulet Aîné’s 2014 Condrieu from its Domaine des Grands Amandiers (95 points, $124). This lush, concentrated Viognier combines cool-weather weight with summertime echoes of apricots and honey.”
Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl: “The beauty of changing seasons is the transition itself, of golden days with the distinct bite of fall. The Umathum 2015 Rosa Rosé (92 points, $22), a rather full-bodied rosé, is a perfect embodiment of that change. Its fulsome fruit is reminiscent of summer, but it’s robust enough to deal with slightly heartier, more autumnal fare.”
Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo: “Sitting around a fire pit on a clear, cool night inspires me to reach for a South African Pinotage, one with earthy, spicy red-fruit tones and subtle aromas of smoke. Simonsig’s 2013 Redhill Pinotage (92 points, $38) strikes a balance between peppery, gamey notes and ripe, brambly berry character. An integrated dose of oak complements the lush texture and sweet-spice tone of the finish.”
Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan: “Just because the temperatures are starting to cool doesn’t mean I’ve put the grill away. The B. Leighton 2013 Gratitude Yakima Valley (94 points, $45), a delicious Rhône-style red, is the perfect grilling companion. Principally Mourvèdre, it boasts achingly pure aromas and flavors of red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit and orange peel. Pair it with grilled portabella mushrooms.”
European Editor Roger Voss: “Until it’s time for big reds, a ripe Bordeaux is right for autumn. Stylish and balanced, the Château Fourcas Hosten 2010 Listrac-Médoc (91 points, $22) has the structure to go with rich foods, while its acidity keeps it fresh and fruity. It comes from a great vintage for Bordeaux, yet it’s ready to drink.”