It hasn’t exactly felt like autumn in Boston this week. But whether it shows up tomorrow or in a few weeks, cooler weather is on the way. And as the season changes we prepare for a change in our glasses as well, and today’s sampler should help stock your cellar for the coming transition. We’ve collected four reds that are dark, woodsy, and full of character. Think of this as pulling out that box of wool sweaters from the closet — you’re not quite ready to wear them yet, but now they’ll be there when you are. (3 of each wine, free East Coast shipping)
Bonnefond Syrah 2016
From Côte Rôtie winemakers Robert Parker calls “among the finest in the appellation,” this declassified Syrah is spiced, refreshing, and perfectly balanced, full of cool fresh fruit and notes of pepper and violets.
Saint-Clair Crozes-Hermitage “Fleur Enchantée” 2015
From a once-in-a-generation vintage, this pure Syrah is meatier than Bonnefond’s, but shows no less elegance or grace. Look for dark notes of cassis and earth, all wrapped in a sleek, 13.5% alcohol body.
Goubert Gigondas 2014
This wine is so popular among our readers we struggle every year to keep it in stock. We enjoy it year round, but it’s most appropriate in the fall. Look for notes of stewed cherries, leather, and lavender.
Marchesseau Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015
This right bank Bordeaux shows the sophisticated, polished side of Merlot. It’s dark and chewy but beautifully ripe, with a smooth texture and restrained woodsy notes. Serve this with a steak from a cast-iron skillet.
Autumn 2018 Sampler
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