October is a favorite time of the year to drink wine. The leaves are turning, and a chill picks up in the air. It’s the kind of weather that’s just getting brisk out but you still don’t need a heavy overcoat. It’s when you want to build a fire and invite friends and family to warm their hands at the hearth. Now is the season when many prefer to switch to red wine—it just feels more comforting, maybe because the serving temperature is higher and warms you up against the season’s chill.
Look for earthy reds with strong tannins and dusty dark-berry fruit. After all, Fall is the time to indulge in new red wines – from simple blends to high “falutin” Bold Cabernets. Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Sauvignon blends are generally heavy body wines often with flavors of black currants, cassis, cherries, cedar, spice. Take the time to serve your reds slightly chilled (55-60 degrees). This will bounce up the grip and vibrancy of the wine while muting the alcohol and spice component. Can you think of a better way to welcome Fall?
Here are four affordable cabs to to welcome these cooler months. They are great choises for Friday happy hour and are terrific for sharing and entertaining.
Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, saturated color that leads to lifted aromas of blackberry, cocoa and herby black-currant. The aromas are followed by a rich, layered mouth feel, loaded with juicy black cherry, cedar, and crème de cassis. Elegantly structured with fresh acidity and ripe, mature tannins this vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect to enjoy now and over the next several years.
The Dreaming Tree Crush is a blend of California’s North Coast grapes—Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marsanne. Thewine offers caramel oak and mixed berry characters on the nose. One sips shows juicy raspberry flavors, and full approachable tannins.
Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon displays tiers of briary blackberry, currant, spice, and chocolate from California’s Central Coast. Soft floral and herbal nuances add complexity, and a year of aging in oak barrels added toasty vanilla spice.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine typifies the Washington’s Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine.
Fall’s cooler temperatures provide an excuse to reunite with old friends, experiment with new recipes, and enjoy some truly spectacular pours, like these affordable ones available at Circus Wines & Spirits in Middletown, Red Bank and Sea Girt New Jersey..