Crisp and Bold November

We’re in the thick of it now – the dusty, earthy smell of leaves that collect at the base of trees as the temperature wavers between the uncertain damp warmth of an Indian summer and the frosty nip of all-out autumn. And as the season grows more certain, the pull toward an equally all-out crispness and boldness is evident everywhere. Crunchy, golden leaves followed by brittle blades of frost-tipped grass. Tangy apples that we enhance with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Poultry that we roast with sage and sweet onions. Yes, the cold, crisp weather that sets in matches the bold scents, flavors and colors that we welcome once again in our stews, pies and kitchens. This month, we contribute our own bit of crisp and bold to the season through our Inspired Wine Club. Whether you prefer your crisp and bold in red or white, we think these wines are just the right segue into November.

Mettler 2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California

Cabernet is bold in its own right, but with a bit of Petite Sirah (12%) and Cabernet Franc (3%) tweaking, Mettler has made it even better. Welcomed with a bedazzling ruby hue and black cherry and cedar nose, you will discover a French oak-aged, elegant, and medium-bodied red (14.9% alcohol) that pairs so well with the richer foods of the season. Dark chocolate, cherry and black currants smother your palate with just a hint of vanilla and tempered tannins. The fruit, the oak and tannins marry perfectly, making for a perfect accompaniment to your Sunday pot roast or at your side as you enjoy the first fire of the season in your fireplace with a plate of assorted cheeses and figs.

2012 aCRISP Chardonnay, Napa, California

It doesn’t get much crisper than a wine with “crisp” in the name. The winemaker refers to it as “voluptuous,” and that’s because it really is an intrepid, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay that will not disappoint. Intense aromas of grilled pineapple and other tropical fruits set off your taste buds for a creamy Chard with notes of butterscotch and caramelized butter and finished off with a crème brulee finish. Anyone having a roast turkey this month? Yep, this Chardonnay would be a lovely fit for your holiday meal.

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