The right glass of red wine can be as comforting as your favorite blanket on a cool autumn evening. From Argentina to California, here are five elegant reds that are perfect for cozy nights at home.
Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2014 ($22)
Proving that Mendoza is more than Malbec, this mighty fine Pinot Noir displays impressive finesse and flavor. Silky and juicy with vibrant cherry and strawberry flavors that are balanced by warm hints of chocolate, coffee, and spice.
Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($15)
Sonoma County, California
Second-generation grape farmer Tom Gore's magic touch with vines shines through in this supple Cabernet Sauvgnon. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec; this Sonoma County sip is rich but juicy with fresh cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, and blackberry flavors. A lovely alternative to big, bossy, and over-oaked expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cusumano Alta Mora Etna Rosso DOC 2014 ($24)
If you're looking for a great icebreaker, heat things up with wine produced from grapes grown on the steep slopes of an active volcano. Mt. Etna is Europe's largest active volcano and Alta Mora (tall & black) is produced from indigenous Nerello Mascalese grapes grown at high altitudes in its black volcanic soil. The wine is surprisingly light-bodied with vibrant acidity and reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Pleasant cherry, cranberry, herbal, and mineral flavors make for a lovely drinking experience.
Domaine du Théron Cuvée Prestige Malbec 2011 ($18)
Malbec may be the signature grape of Argentina but its birthplace is actually southwest France. Historically known as the "black wine" of Cahors, Malbec from this part of the world is a noticeably different expression of the grape. Very aromatic, this silky red is also quite robust with lively acidity and intriguing flavors of black cherries, licorice, blackberries, and earth.
E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2013 ($30)
Northern Rhône Valley, France
This beauty from the Rhone has a rustic elegance that shows the softer side of Syrah. Plummy and round with earthy tannins and subtle hints of savory pepper and spice.