Fall’s Fantastic Four

Fall is a great time for wine, but as the seasons change, so does our taste! Here are some of Howie’s Picks for Fall sipping.

2008 Benziger Sangiacomo Chardonnay, Carneros.
Regular: $23.99 • Sale: $19.99

For over eighty years, the Sangiacomo family has been growing grapes in Sonoma. More than fifty award-winning wineries rely on the Sangiacomos to grow their grapes for them. The Benziger family is one such winery. The Benzigers choose their fruit from five hand selected blocks from one of Sangiacomo’s Carneros properties. The resulting wine is crisp, clean, and delicious.

2006 Gabbiano Chianti Clasico Riserva – DOCG , Tuscany
Regular: $24.99 • Sale: $19.99

The Gabbiano estate, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, was founded in the 12th century. The grapes from this wine were harvested from some of the oldest and best vines in and around the estate. The complex aromas and full-bodied palate of this 100% Sangiovese-based, French oak aged wine are a natural for a whole host of foods.

2009 Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto, Umbria
Regular: $22.99 • Sale: $19.99

In 1971, Arnaldo Caprai purchased the Val di Maggio estate in Montefalco, Umbria. He did this because he wanted to showcase some of Umbria’s spectacular wines. This winery has broken with tradition and offers some of the most technologically advanced operations in Italy. In 2006, Gambero Rosso recognized them as winery of the year. This 100% Grechetto (think Orvieto) has beautifully floral aromas. It produces a wine that’s both intensely fruity and delicate all at once.

2007 Craggy Range, Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Regular: $23.99 • Sale: $19.99

One of the true characters in New Zealand, Steve Smith is the only viticulturalist who is also a Master of Wine (in Boston terms, that makes him “wicked smaht.”) In this wine, we get to explore Bordeaux via New Zealand. Primarily merlot, with a balance of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and cabernet franc, this wine that has layers of tannins, structure, and fresh fruit.

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