Wine Expert Winter Wines Recommendation

Winter Wines to Enjoy: Selected by an Expert

Hi, I’m Ed – WTSO’s in-house wine expert with a WSET Level 2 Certification! Every month, I’ll be sharing my top wine picks.

With the holidays behind us, and temperatures dropping, it’s a perfect time to consider a great glass of wine to enjoy on these long wintry days and nights. Here’s a few winter wine recommendations that you may enjoy as we head into February. Cheers!

97 Pt. Jeff Cohn Silver Eagle Syrah Russian River Valley 2018

An exotic black cherry/dark purple color that entices you to the mind-blowing aromatics – which have more twists than a great mystery novel. Black cherry pie filling, roasted herbs, fennel seed, dried meats with a touch of freshly crushed red and black peppercorns. It’s an explosive forward palate that makes your jaw drop. The mid-palate is loaded with all kinds of savory components that weave in and out of the black cherry and baking spices, taking you to a never-ending finish. From the incredible 2018 vintage, this makes for an incredible winter red wine to add to your cellar.

Sova Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

A magical and deep crimson magenta color invites one to lift the glass and inhale the subtle and breathtaking bouquet, beginning with hints of honey and molasses while filling the senses with aromatics of burnt sugar on the edges of a freshly baked rhubarb cherry pie. The wine presents in the mouth as bright and dense with a pleasing balance which gives way to chewy tannins that linger delicately after the last sip. Quite an incredible and memorable mouthful from an outstanding 2018 Napa Valley vintage that had only 102 cases produced. Grab this one while you can!

94 Pt. Château La Couspaude Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2016

A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It begins with seductive aromas of ripe blackberries, creme de cassis, spices, leather, roasted coffee and hints of sweet oak. The palate has terrific concentration and richness with a gorgeous plush inviting texture. It displays wonderful concentration and balance from start to finish. Overall this is wonderfully expressive Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.

95 Pt. Château d’Arche 2nd Cru Classé Sauternes 2009 375 ml

Pale gold colored, the 2009 D’Arche gives up compelling scents of pineapple upside down cake, applesauce, peach preserves and almond croissant with a touch of lemon curd. Elegant and understated in the mouth, the palate provides lovely purity and restraint with a wonderfully harmonious finish. This is a powerful wine, very straight in its style. Enjoy it as a perfect apertif, with dessert or simply as an after dinner ‘winter sipper’ by the fireplace.

93 Pt. Bodegas Valcarlos Fortius Chardonnay Fermentado en Barrica Navarra 2021

Toasted almond, oatmeal and gingerbread with some dried lemon. A barrel-fermented Chardonnay that delivers a medium to full body. Textured and juicy with a bright, long finish. Creamy, expressive oak accents, with American oak was used her because, in addition to being generally more affordable than French oak, American oak imparts delicious warm spice, vanilla, and toasted coconut aromas to wines. Great value for the money here and a wonderful winter white wine that pairs with a wide variety of foods as well.

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