Page Springs Vino de la Familia Rojo.

By Alison Bailin Batz | February 15, 2021

Though red, white and pink wines can be enjoyed anytime, there is something to be said for the pairing of big, bold varietals when there is a chill in the air. Here are some that please the palate while warming the body and soul.


L’Ecole No 41, 2018 Frenchtown

Ironically, Frenchtown is all American! It was Walla Walla Valley (now one of Washington’s top wine regions) first settlement in the early 1800s. The French Canadians who founded it were making wine by 1860s here, and this lovely offering is both homage and all its own. Enjoy wild berries and black cherry here before buckling in for a flavor adventure courtesy of dried sage and thyme, tobacco and sweet leather notes. $21


Page Springs Vino de la Familia Rojo

Produced by Northern Arizona’s award-winning Page Springs Cellars, which also happens to be 100% solar-powered and is working to protect the Southwest’s rivers through wine sales and advocacy, this smooth, subtle sipper is a red cherry and berry blast. $26


2017 Silver Spur Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This limited-edition wine honors the legendary experience of the Ryder Cup, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and toasted oak that delight the senses. Soft, well-integrated tannins lead to a long, lingering finish filled with savory spices. This wine is balanced, bold and elegant. $35


Vanderbilt Reserve Pinot Noir

Yes, those Vanderbilts. And yes, the wine is rich. However, it is exceptionally accessible as well. There is a really vibrant acidity here before luscious berry flavors take over, primarily comforting strawberry and ripe raspberries. The arguably best part comes when the cherry comes in, and then just a touch of minerality to balance it all out. $40


Canvasback, 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Given the way the flavors in this Washington State wine glide across one’s palate, it’s no wonder it was named after Canvasback duck, which is native to the Pacific Flyway and glides across Red Mountain. Strap in and enjoy the high-flying ride with this one as it has layers of ripe strawberry, damson plum, and grenadine before offering a pop of cinnamon. $42


2017 Estate Zinfandel Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel

Spencer’s Hill is one of the iconic Dry Creek Vineyard’s most beautiful spots, and it creates varietals just as lovely. Expect boysenberry, blackberry and dried raspberry here, and then fine leather, nutmeg and sweet pipe tobacco. Oh, but that’s not all. Also expect hints of caramel intermingled with cocoa powder, espresso and baking spices. $44


2016 Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend

This Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec somehow manages aromas of black cherry, cassis, vanilla bean and juniper berry at the same time. Then, the flavors of sweet black cherry pie, blackcurrant and a touch of spice come forward, making this a party in one’s mouth and the perfect pairing with charcuterie. $45


2018 Smith & Hook Reserve

This truly magical cabernet starts with an explosion of black and blue fruits, followed by a bounty of berries. Then, all at once, there is a pop of sweet cherry candy and then earthy dried herbs. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins. $45


Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard 2018

Just what the doctor ordered! This robust pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands it at first an explosion of blackberry and cherry on the nose before offering more rustic aromas of sagebrush and clover as it comes to the lips. Smooth and bright to the taste before progressing to a velvety finish, each sip has exceptional structure and balance. $50


Baileyana S-Bar Pinot Noir

Though from Edna Valley in California, this coveted wine will remind oenophiles (aka connoisseurs — or really just big lovers — of wine) of an elegant French-style pinot noir.  It is aged for nine months in 30% new French oak and is the best of the vineyard’s grapes. It leads with dark berry and raspberry, but then the nutmeg, clove and cinnamon take center stage for a warming finish. $60


Darioush 2018 Duel Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz

This is a match made in heaven. Deeply satisfying in every sip, the cabernet provides an earthiness while the shiraz the spice. The result is a dizzying array of blackberry, fig, and crème de cassis, followed by graphite and licorice. Plush and lush, it ends with striking allspice, pepper and incense as well as an enchanting, exotic smokiness. $65


Bouchaine 2018 Pommard Clone, Estate Pinot Noir

The dark fruit, acid and spice explosion here will have you sure the above is a typo, and that this is a Napa Valley cabernet. But, this is, indeed, a pinot noir. Thanks to being grown on the southern border of the Carneros District overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the grapes were subjected to fog, wind and other extreme elements that gave it true character and depth. $65