This savory red seems ideal for the weeks on either side of the autumnal equinox. It greets the nose with jammy late-summer aromas of blackberry pie, as well as a sense of a cool afternoon turning to dusk in a forest where the leaves have reached peak color and are almost, but not quite, ready to fall. This wine begs to be paired with meat cooked over fire. It’s young and should age well over the next five years if you’re willing to stock up. ABV: 14 percent.
Imported by Grapes of Spain, distributed by Elite: Available in the District at Hop, Cask & Barrel, Rodman’s, Uptown Market, Vitis Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Butchers Alley in Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Village Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville; Wine Cellars of Annapolis; Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, La Tienda in Williamsburg.
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Picture credits: Dave McIntyre, the Washington Post.