Turning Leaf wines are changing what drinkers expect from their fall wines: from pedestrian to affordable approachability.
The portfolio of one white and three reds is unpretentious and priced at an amazing $7.99.
The winemaking team takes a hands-on approach and the chardonnay is a good example. Bright straw-colored in the glass, the wine offers an avalanche of ripe apple and tropical fruit aromas. More citrus, roasted nuts and butterscotch flavors tease the palate.
Pour this with fresh peach pie and goat cheese fritters.
The merlot selection is lush with rich aromas of dark cherry and plum. Flavors of mocha and blackberry provide complexity and are an invited match with any barbecue menu.
Turning Leaf’s pinot noir is delightful. Prior to bottling the wine was storied on oak in cool temperatures to bring out brown spice aromas to mingle with the fruit flavors. The result is a demonstrative garnet-hued wine with pomegranate and berry aromas. This medium-bodied wine has strawberry and currant flavors that will enhance grilled salmon and dill dishes.
Hearty and food friendly, the cabernet sauvignon is rich and jammy with blackberry and currant aromas. Brown spice, velvety vanilla and a hint of tobacco adds dimension and dark fruit flavors.
Serve this with meat-sauced linguine, loaded burgers and dark chocolate for dessert.