Autumn is just around the corner - in about a week, actually. And even though we're still in the summer season, the chill in the air is quite apparent with all of these recent rain storms. So to welcome the third season of the year, why not try a bottle that is the embodiment of it?
Vina Eguia Reserva 2007, priced at $10.99, hails from the Calificada wine region of Spain. Ruby bordering on brick in color, its bouquet consists of deep, rich scents of fall: Concord grapes, black currants, violets, cloves, and fennel. Leather, fennel, unripe cherries, black tea, tobacco, cloves, and licorice on the palate. The spice medley is a bit like a pumpkin pie. It's dry, and the smooth finish is long and heavy with golden raisin flavor. Some bitterness and wood tannins present themselves, but very high marks otherwise for this medium-bodied wine. As for a food pairing, try it with pork chops with roasted figs and fennel, or some soft cheese and fruit.
How does it fair on its own as a sipping wine without a food pairing? It may be a bit harsh on an empty stomach for some, but it is very balanced, and the spice notes are pleasant even for a wine novice. Pick up a bottle and see what you think!