Savour a dozen hot new wines for the fall sea­son I

This week, we’re zero­ing in on ex­cel­lent choices from Euro­pean coun­tries, Aus­tralia, and the United States From left, Bode­gas Aroa “Le Na­turel” 2017, D’aren­berg “The Stump Jump” Shi­raz 2014, Orin Swift Ab­stract 2016, and Fab­u­lous Ant Pinot Noir 2015 are o

The Georgia Straight - - Best Of Vancouver - By

’ve been spend­ing plenty of time— by at­tend­ing wine­tast­ings and catch­ing up with lo­cal im­porters as much as pos­si­ble—con­sid­er­ing the best wines Van­cou­verites can put in their glasses in this home stretch of 2018. (I know, I know—it’s a liv­ing!) This week, I’ve as­sem­bled a vir­tual case of wine for Straight read­ers, full of bot­tles that should suit your sea­son well.

FAB­U­LOUS ANT PINOT NOIR 2015 (Tolna, Hun­gary; $12.49 B.C. Liquor Stores)

Yup, it’s a Pinot Noir from Hun­gary, and it’s fan­tas­tic! Put a bit of a chill on the hand­some lit­tle num­ber and revel in its breezy, bright red berry fruit, fresh thyme, and per­fumed edges. Def­i­nitely a buy-it-by-the-case bar­gain.

CU­VÉE JEAN-PAUL GASCOGNE BLANC SEC 2016

(Côtes de Gascogne, France; $14 to $18, pri­vate wine stores)

A crisp white wine for crisp au­tumn days. This cheery blend of Colom­bard and Ugni Blanc is teem­ing with lime, basil, and a lit­tle sprig of mint on the fin­ish. A per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to any pip­ing-hot, creamy pas­tas.

CU­VÉE JEAN-PAUL VAUCLUSE ROUGE 2016

(Côtes de Gascogne, France; $14 to $18, pri­vate wine stores)

Gre­nache and Syrah, straw­ber­ries and plums, tar­ragon and pep­per, cheap and cheer­ful; this wine re­ally punches above its weight class.

CASA CON­TINI VERSO ROSSO SALENTO 2017

(Puglia,

Stores)

From bush vines grown in mixed clay soils in the heel of Italy comes this chewy blend of Ne­groa­maro, Prim­i­tivo, and Mal­va­sia Nera loaded with dark cur­rants, black licorice, blue­ber­ries, and baking spices. A small per­cent­age of the fruit that went into this went through the ap­pas­si­mento process, where dried grapes are added to the fer­ment, which brings lovely rich­ness and depth.

Italy; $18.99, B.C. Liquor

D’AREN­BERG “THE STUMP JUMP” SHI­RAZ 2014

(Mclaren Vale, Aus­tralia; $18 to $22, pri­vate wine stores)

I love that the cur­rent vin­tage of this wine in our mar­ket is 2014. That ex­tra bit of age brings a nice savoury, meaty char­ac­ter to the black berry fruit, white pep­per, and rose­mary notes that sail across the palate with ease.

NIEPOORT DIÁLOGO 2015

(Douro, Por­tu­gal; $21.99, B.C. Liquor Stores)

You don’t have to know the par­tic­u­lars of the Touriga Franca, Touriga Na­cional, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta

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Amarela grapes that are com­bined to make this rus­tic red blend. All you have to do is sit back and en­joy all those black­ber­ries, mul­ber­ries, co­coa, and bal­samic notes while de­tect­ing some charm­ing fresh vi­o­lets strewn across the palate from start to fin­ish. Oh, and if you know how to grill a steak well, that’ll prob­a­bly come in handy, too.

BODE­GAS AROA “LE NA­TUREL” 2017

(Navarra, Spain; $22 to $26, pri­vate wine stores)

Tick­ing all the “nat­u­ral wine” boxes of be­ing ve­gan, or­ganic, un­fined, and un­fil­tered, with­out any added sul­phur, this Gre­nache-dom­i­nated red wine is jam-packed with black and pur­ple berry fruit along with a splash of fruity espresso.

LUNGAROTTI RUBESCO ROSSO DI TORGIANO 2014

(Um­bria, Italy; $25.99, B.C. Stores)

A mix of sand, clay, and lime­stone pro­vides good foot­ing for this San­giovese that gives Chi­anti a good run for its money. There’s a warmth and gen­eros­ity to this wine, cra­dled in toasty oak for a year, rem­i­nis­cent of a plum galette dusted with fresh herbs.

PEN­NER-ASH WIL­LAMETTE VAL­LEY PINOT NOIR 2015

(Ore­gon, USA; $42 to $46, pri­vate wine stores)

Al­though this Ore­gon Pinot sits around the mid-$40 mark, if I were blind-tast­ing I’d ven­ture it much pricier. Bram­bly for­est-floor notes lift a host of pretty rasp­ber­ries and black­ber­ries to lofty heights, where they meet car­damom, berg­amot, and nut­meg. Silky ,with well-in­te­grated tan­nins, even at this fairly young age it’s re­ally hit­ting its stride.

ORIN SWIFT AB­STRACT 2016 (Cal­i­for­nia, USA; $45.99, B.C. Liquor Stores)

When you want a wine with heft that’ll stain your teeth at first sip but still de­liver bal­ance and com­plex­ity, look no fur­ther. Gre­nache, Pe­tite Sirah, Syrah, and a hearty lash­ing of French oak bring the de­li­cious in a big way, mak­ing it ob­vi­ous why this wine has such a no­table cult fol­low­ing. Gobs of pur­ple fruit and a pile of ginger­bread are just the be­gin­ning.

JEAN-MARC BROCARD PRE­MIER CRU MONTMAINS 2016

(Ch­ablis, France; $47.99, B.C. Liquor Stores)

This pitch-per­fect Chardon­nay of­fers tangy cit­rus, Granny Smith ap­ple, and a good dose of juicy acid and salin­ity, along with a nice crack of min­eral char­ac­ter. Fresh, lively, and so damn bright. It’s oys­ter sea­son. You know what to do.

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