You know what goes with Halloween? Booze! Admittedly, that pretty much goes for any night. Still, though, there’s nothing like a good swig of rotgut with an exquisite mouth feel.
Brett Savory recently stepped down as the Co-Publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning ChiZine Publications so he could dedicate more time to writing. His title is now Editor/eBook Czar/Webmaster, so he apparently thinks he can hang on in the company simply by increasing the titles he holds. He’s had over 50 short stories published—some of those collected in No Further Messages—as well as two novels, In and Down and The Distance Travelled, with a third just released by Angry Robot called A Perfect Machine. He’s also: halfway through his fourth novel, Lake of Spaces, Wood of Nothing; is the drummer for the metal band Ol’ Time Moonshine; and lives in Peterborough, ON, with his wife, the writer/editor/publisher Sandra Kasturi.
October 29, 2017
Dark Wines for Halloween
Wine Enthusiast: An intensely dark color makes this wine easy to pick out, even from across a room. The chocolate, raisin and blackberry-jam flavors are rich and the texture is mouthcoating, almost thick, but not harshly tannic. The wine seems to start out dry and finish ripe and rich.
Wine Enthusiast: Medium-intense aromas of black plum, cherry and berry are upfront on the nose of this ripe wine, with supporting notes of woodspice, char and black pepper for added depth. The tannins are structured yet fine, with a firm hold and rich, grippy fruit-skin flavors that carry the close.
Drinkhacker: Tasting notes are hardcore: Prune, dried red berries, wet leather, chewing tobacco, and pulverized dried figs. A big vanilla-heavy and maple syrup-infused sweetness hits hard on the lengthy and overpowering finish, reminding one of the whiskey casking the wine has undertaken.
Drinkhacker: Blend Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Tempranillo and you have this beast of a wine, a rough and ultra-jammy bruiser that lives up to its name.
Wine Enthusiast: No doubt trying to capitalize on the red blend trend, this comes across as well made, but a bit confected. Black cherry fruit is clean but simple, with a round, soft mouthfeel.
The Good Wine Guru: The wine, as the name would imply, is dark in the glass, with streaks of purple showing when given a good swirl. On the nose I picked up dark chocolate and blueberry, both of which carried over into the palate. In the mouth the wine was rich and silky, with blueberry leading the way before giving way to rich dark chocolate and a nice smooth finish.
Wine Enthusiast: This red blend has ripe tannins and a dusty core of leather that frame rich red fruit on the palate. A partnership between singer Dave Matthews and winemaker Steve Reeder of Simi Winery in Healdsburg, it’s fairly priced and accessible, with moderate alcohol and a soft, medium-weight body. It contains mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Wine Enthusiast: Extremely ripe, chewy and soft, this lush Primitivo offers aromas of sweet tobacco, rum cake, cinnamon and blackberry preserves. There are touches of sweet-tasting fruit and raisin in the mouth.
Wine Enthusiast: Aromas of olive, mushroom and berry fruits are lightly herbal. This Cabernet feels scratchy, abrupt and edgy, while herbal raspberry and plum flavors finish solid and with a slight note of pickle.
Wine Enthusiast: Gobs of jammy blackberry and cherry fruit mark this dynamic young wine, along with enticing notes of spice, mocha and toasty oak. The tannins are thick, but velvety, making it drinkable now. The Knights Valley appellation is a kind of high-elevation bridge between Sonoma County and Napa Valley; the wine shows true Mayacamas Mountain intensity.