The 10 Best Fall Red Wines To Drink Right Now – Robb Report
As temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier each day, our behaviors change as we prepare for winter. The craving for richer, warming foods sets in and sweaters and jackets come out of their summer hiding places. To accompany the heavier style of food we eat at this time of year, we seek out bold red wines from around the world to warm us up slightly and to match the heat of the dishes on our tables.
Whether it’s a blend or a single varietal, the wines we’re looking for now have bold fruit flavors, a hint of spice and plush tannins that are perfect for intensely satisfying meals.
Bodega Garzon 2018 Balasto Uruguay
This Uruguayan blend of Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Marselan is fermented in cement vats and then aged in untoasted French oak barrels for 20 months. On the nose we find aromas of red plum, blackberry and blackcurrant. It’s full-bodied on the palate with juicy fruit flavors and a touch of crisp acidity on the finish.
Quinta de Ervamoira 2018 Douro Valley
From the Douro Valley in Portugal, this full-bodied red is made from Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. It is bright garnet in the glass with aromas of red raspberry, cassis and a whiff of freshly ground pepper. It’s fruity on the palate with luscious flavors of red berries, dark plum and brown baking spice. The tannins are silky and well integrated.
Buy now: $271
Château de Saint Cosme 2020 Gigondas Rhone Valley
Winemaker Louis Barruol took charge of his family’s vines in 1992 and converted them to biodynamics in 2010. His signature cuvée is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It has aromas of fresh figs, black fruits and purple flowers with flavors of red plum and gooseberry. The tannins are supple with just a hint of licorice and slate on the finish.
Buy now: $64
At Eliza’s Kalon Vineyard Company 2018 Napa Valley
Named for Eliza Yount who founded Yountville with her husband George, this blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon honors California’s early pioneers Napa Valley. It has a delicious bouquet of red and black fruits that translates seamlessly into the mouth. It’s full-bodied with well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Drink now or over the next two decades.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills Lake County
The grapes for this delicious wine are grown in a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard located in the Red Hills AVA in Lake County. It is ruby garnet in the glass with aromas of violets, slate and dark fruits. On the palate there are rich fruit flavors and a strong mineral backbone from the rocky, red volcanic soils.
Buy now: $88
Dutcher Crossing 2018 Pritchett Peaks Zinfandel Vineyard Rockpile Sonoma
Grown in the hills above the lake Sonoma, the grapes for this spicy Zinfandel come from high-altitude vineyards in the Rockpile AVA in northwest Sonoma County. It is purple in color in the glass with aromas of red currant, red plum and freshly ground white pepper. On the palate there are flavors of red raspberries, blackcurrants and black raspberries. There are grippy tannins with a fruit-filled finish.
Buy now: $52
Gundlach Bundschu 2018 Vintage Reserve Sonoma Valley
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this seductive red wine commemorates the 160e vintage by the Gundlach Bundschu family in the Sonoma Valley. It has aromas of undergrowth, dark chocolate and black raspberry. On the palate, it opens with a bright fruity touch that gives way to complex flavors of fresh fennel bulb and dried Mediterranean herbs. Drink now or over the next decade.
Buy now: $140
Chateau Latour in Pomerol 2017 Pomerol
From the right bank of Bordeaux this wine takes its name from the tower that adorns the property. It is aged in French oak barrels for 16 to 18 months and is deep garnet in color. It has aromas of boysenberry and black fig and on the palate there are flavors of blackberry, red cherry and blackberry with a touch of cedar and tobacco leaf on the finish. Drink now or keep for a few years.
Buy now: $90
Torbreck 2019 Descending Barossa Valley
Shiraz and the Viognier grapes are crushed and co-fermented together to give this delicious wine a floral touch. It is dark garnet in the glass with aromas of violet flowers, citrus blossom and dark plum. It’s bold and generous on the palate with flavors of blackberry, cassis and blackberry stacked on a well-structured tannic backbone.
Buy now: $100
Bertani 2011 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
After harvest in September 2011, the grapes for this full-bodied wine were cured for 120 days before being destemmed, crushed and fermented. It is aged in large oak barrels for six years, then aged in bottle for at least one year. The result is an intoxicating bouquet with aromas of black cherry, red plum and cocktail cherry. In the mouth we find flavors of red and black fruits with notes of roasted hazelnuts and Oolong tea.
Buy now: $99