Wines for Autumn

West Dry Creek Road in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma

Autumn means the days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to turn. It is a beautiful time of the year to enjoy wine. We still have plenty of sunny days out here in the West. The wines we have been drinking all Spring and Summer are just about perfect for the Autumn months. We do like these wines that we have tasted in the past couple of weeks.

Wines we like this week

2018 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay $11.99 at KL Wines

Novellum Chardonnay with Halibut

Surprise on this French Chardonnay; it is not from Burgundy but from the Languedoc. KL Wines carries the Novellum. The price of the Novellum is $11.99. It is a gentle Chardonnay with barely a hint of oak. Only a small portion of the wine was aged in oak, and the rest in stainless steel. It is all about the fruit in this wine, lots of peach and other very nice flavors.

The Novellum is Chardonnay grown and produced by Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage for wine merchant Eric Solomon. The vineyard is located very near the Mediterranean Sea, and cool weather is the key to the quality of these Chardonnay grapes. It is a lovely wine and one of the very best deals you are going to find in a Chardonnay. Jeb Dunnuck rates at 91 Points.

Please keep up the great work on making this wine at Lafarge. 89 Points.

2018 J Lohr Falcon’s Perch Monterey Pinot Noir

Salmon and Pinot Noir are a terrific match

If you are in the mood for affordable Pinot Noir, this is the one you want to buy. I find the J Lohr to be true to the character of a Pinot Noir. It is light-to-medium bodied, with typical strawberry notes. The only negative is that there is not a lot of depth to the wine, but I like it and will buy more for my cellar. Certain meals beckon for a good-tasting Pinot Noir, and the J Lohr fits the bill for me. I found the J Lohr Pinot Noir at Total Wine in San Mateo. The price is $13.99, or $12.55 if you buy six wines or more, mix-or-match. 88 Points.

Kirkland Signature Prosecco

Kirkland Prosecco
Plain popcorn with the Kirkland Prosecco

This is a favorite sparkling wine of Vintage Jim and his wife Kris. I finally decided to shop at Costco, upon their opening at 8am for Seniors. The Costco by S.F. Airport had many more workers than customers. I felt safe while shopping. Jim is right; this is a delicious and refreshing Prosecco. It is light and fun to drink. We have it with fresh popcorn, made in a popcorn popper, not a microwave. Very tasty. The price is $6.99 and my rating is 88 Points.

2019 Les Vignerons de Fontès “Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte” Languedoc Blanc

Vintage Wine Taster Mike is recommending this wine from KL Wines for $12. “What a change of pace and a revelation of flavors. Light-to-medium body with crystal clear light gold color. The initial nose is full of white flowers and slate. Very fresh and probably best over the next year or two. Mary and I had it with baked salmon with olives, tomatoes and herbs. The Grenache and Vermentino are the predominant flavors that showcase vibrant acidity, standing up to the salmon components. K&L $11.99 and 89 points, because it over-delivers. Perfect for small plates and mild cheeses.”

What wines are you drinking during this early time of the Fall season? Any deals near you?

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