Classic Muscadet with a bright, pale yellow color with scents of pear, peach and grapefruit. The palate opens with citrus and lively minerality and the mouthfeel is velvet smooth thanks to aging on lees.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: The perfect way to start 12 Nights of Wine. Wash away the lingering Gingerbread Spiced, Pumpkin Spiced, Fermented Turmeric or whatever kind of lattes that got you through your hectic day and prepare your palate for the next 11 stunning wines.
Frappato is all about berries: strawberry, raspberry and blackberry with a supporting cast of blood orange, black pepper and clove.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: I know it seems strange, but place this red in the fridge for a few minutes before enjoying. It'll make sense once you taste it, or at least make as much sense as the word ‘yeet’ your nephew keeps shouting.
This Corbières rosé is pure watermelon Jolly Ranchers on a bed of pink flowers. Enjoy crisp and think back or forward to that Mediterranean vacation.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Easy and satisfying, like walking on crunchy Autumn leaves. Expertly tested and proven to expedite the wrapping of presents though sometimes with a touch less-tidy results. (They’re just going to rip it open anyways…)
Cabernet that's ready to drink now (yes, please!) Seductive aromas of cherries, blueberries and rhubarb enrobed in warm scents of dark chocolate, juniper and tobacco are silkier than Mr. Grey's tie collection. All of those scents translate to palate, bringing along with them smooth tannins that further up the sexiness of the wine inside. Whew.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Enjoy while putting the TV news cycle on mute, unplugging and reading a book. Fiction, please!
Our first wine aged sous-voile, or under the delicate flor veil of yeast - like sherry or vermouth! This intentionally oxidized Chardonnay blend is polarizing to say the least, but any fans of Sherry will be doing backflips out of excitement. The nose is savory and sweet, like sweet soy sauce coated cashews in a field of citrus flowers. The palate is a cacophony of flavors and experiences: spice, freshness, fatness, acidity, nuttiness, perfume and a hint of creaminess. Watch out, it’s addictive to sip on and fantastic with a plethora of foods - including almost impossible to pair culprits such as artichokes and asparagus.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Think of it as an intermezzo (and a very interesting one at that,) before the final six wines. This slightly oxidized white pairs with more than you think and is a surprising crowd pleaser, unlike Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
A deep violet color with aromas of dark red fruits, cedarwood, white pepper and black plum. The finish lingers with spicy notes, red fruits and marjoram. Made from a blend of indigenous grape Duras and Fer, the local name for Cabernet Franc!
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Also, pairs well with cheese and crackers. Take out the Boursin or whatever wedge of cheese you’ve got and some salty crackers and make it a “fancy” night. You deserve it.
The palate is silky and generous thanks to the later harvesting of Chenin blanc grapes. Flavors of honeyed apple, ripe pineapple and rich apricot end with mouthwatering acidity to tie everything together, like a tart-then-sweet Sour Patch Kid. Don’t be put off by the demi-sec moniker, this Vouvray has just a trace of sweetness to carry the beautiful ripe fruit flavors.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Use that discount code you’ve been holding onto for your favorite food ordering app and add some hot Thai or Indian takeout to your cart. This weighty white (it’s just winter weight!) is beautiful with spicy food.
6 years is a comfortable amount of time to hold-off on opening your Médoc Bordeauxs. This 2012 still has a whisper of youth on the nose with tight black fruit dominating the aromas, but as of this year is starting to show its true colors. Dark plum, mushroom and vanilla notes from the oak and youthful tannins beginning to fully integrate.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: The bold aromas of the wine do well to help drown out the sounds of family arguing, children demanding dino-shaped chicken nuggets, and Fortnite sounds in the background.
A real treat, the same wine that you enjoyed last night, but 2 years older. In the last 20 years only one vintage has been rated 99 across the board: 2010. This historic vintage is just now starting to come around in the glass; whereas 2 years ago the wines were tight and closed off, now they open with blackberry, blueberry and a density and smokiness/spiciness that only time can achieve. Supple, silky harmonious tannins on the finish are the last reminder of the cozy yarn Father Time uses to weave magical nuances on Bordeaux wine.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: This beauty deserves a fireplace, cozy blanket, and Frank Sinatra in the background.
A younger and brighter expression of Nebbiolo than you’ll find with Barolo. Still aged in large oak casks, though only for 24 months, the wine displays more of the tart raspberry and fresh snipped flower scents and drinks with flavors of bright red fruits, cherries soaked in alcohol and liquorice, and a touch of forest floor bramble.
HOLIDAY PAIRING: As easy to enjoy and as classic as "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve.
The most well-known Nebbiolo region, and for good reasons. Released 4 full years after harvest, 3 of those spent in oak, Barolo is a powerhouse of rich rose and anise aromas and mouth-drying tannins. The paradox is that all of this is contained within a seemingly light wine; coffee, vanilla, red cherry, potpourri, allspice, truffles, tar, liquorice and primordial Earth are all here. Oh, and tons and tons of enjoyable fruit on top of those gripping, addictive tannins. The King Of Italy!
HOLIDAY PAIRING: Paired best with Disney movies and oversized sweaters. Enjoy this last glass while getting ready for your holiday party or making final preparations for the big day.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at VINEBOX. You got this!
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