With our fate at the whim of an ember, we can find solace in comfort reds. Juggling the variables in our lives has become the new normal, with the most harrowing unknown — the shift in the wind. As we yearn for calm, here’s a line-up of reds for sipping with family and friends.
DeLille Cellars, 2014 Columbia Valley Red Wine, 14.3%, $48. This is a merlot-based blend so its forte is its supple texture. It has aromas and flavors of both black and red fruit that marry well with toast and spice. The blend has nice acidity and its well balanced. Pretty.
Amapola Creek, 2013 Monte Rosso Vineyards, Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, 16%, $48. An earthy, layered zin with a range of flavors. A bit meaty, with notes of black cherry and pepper. Well crafted. Impressive.
Roger Roessler’s Black Pine, 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 14.2% alcohol, $30. This is a gorgeous pinot noir and a rare find at this price point. What sets it apart is its great bones — structure — coupled with its concentrated cherry flavors. Notes of earth and spice are in the mix. Impressive.
Markham, 2014 Napa Valley Merlot, 14.2%, $25. This is a pretty merlot, weighted to red fruit. Bright, lively cherry coupled with a kiss of vanilla and a hint of dark chocolate. Firm tannins. Nice length. Striking.
Alamos, 2015 Seleccion Mendoza, Argentina Malbec 13.5%, $16. Generous fruit with a commingling of bright cherry, blackberry and a hint of cranberry. It has a touch of vanilla and a nice current of black pepper spice running through it. A tasty malbec for the budget-minded.