Phantom and ghost wines on the menu for Halloween? What could be more appropriate? Try these out at your haunted house party.
Bogle Vineyards Phantom 2010 ($18.99): The Phantom has once again reappeared. Made in limited quantities by one of the larger wineries in California, it sells out early every year and when it's gone, it's gone. A blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre, the wine may haunt your palate with its blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry flavors, coupled with hints of cocoa powder, cedar and black pepper. Now's a good time to entertain its dark and brooding flavors before the Phantom vanishes again.
Ghost Pines Winemaker's Blend 2010 ($15.99): Ghost Pines is an actual place, a historic vineyard of the Louis M. Martini Winery, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Ghost Pine is also an illustrious tree, open in structure and free-form in style, almost ghostly as the illustration on the label attests. Native to California, the Ghost Pine thrives in nutrient-deficient soils, much like grapevines from this vineyard, which are surrounded by these trees. The Winemaker's Blend, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah, has flavors of dark berry, cherry, licorice and brown baking spices with notes of cedar, toast and dried herb on the palate. An easy drinker, it has soft, round tannins and a haunting finish.