Early Fall White & Red Wines
Blanc de Costis Bordeaux 2014 ($7.99)
Chateau de Costis; Bordeaux, France
Blanc de Costis is a classic white Bordeaux. It’s hard to find a Bordeaux (red or white) at this price that drinks this well. It is clean, bright, and crisp, with great minerality. Pair it with seafood, and enjoy the last golden days of September with this lovely porch sipper. It is a classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. More than half Sauvignon Blanc gives this wine the zip and punch you’re looking for, while the Semillon and Muscadelle give fleshy, creamy roundness. All three varietals combined create a balanced, delicious, well-rounded wine.
Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 62
Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, California
In this non-vintage* Zinfandel blend, racy Zin meets spicy Petite Sirah to create an approachable, juicy, fun red table wine. This is Marietta’s modern California version of an Old World house red. The blend also includes Carignane and small amounts of other Old World classic varietals. Lot 62 is the 62nd of Marietta’s red blend, over the last 30 years. It is beautifully versatile: not too fruit-forward, with moderate but focused tannins. Ripe, juicy, lush, peppery spice and dusty earth are all ways to describe this rich, lovely wine. Awards and praises for days, including this rave review from Robert Parker, in the Wine Advocate:
One of my perennial best buys is Marietta Cellars’ non-vintage blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Syrah and a few other varietals. The current example, the non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 62, is a 90,000-case cuvée that represents one of the finest value-priced wines in the United States. It exhibits excellent color, beautiful ripeness, lots of black and red fruits, earth and spice, and a savory, juicy, hedonistic mouthful of medium-bodied wine. With plenty of purity as well as character, this gorgeous blend should offer enjoyment over the next 2-3 years.
*non-vintage: Not a year-specific wine. This blend could have juice from more than one year of harvest.