Robb Report, September 2018

The Best Wines for Fall: Six Experts Weigh In

Carignan grape clusters at Testa Vineyard.
Carignan grape clusters at Testa Vineyard. Photo by Leigh-Ann Beverley of Bonafide Productions.

Pax 2016 Carignan Testa Vineyard Mendocino

A delicious domestic find to accompany hearty fall dishes, this Rhône traveler by winemaker Pax Mahle boldly is made from old-vine Carignan planted in a Mendocino vineyard in 1912. The savory, gamey red has lots of spice and berry-cherry fruits coupled with bright acidity. Because it is not too complex or tannic, this a perfect wine for root vegetables, roasts, stews, cassoulet, or short-rib pot pie. Dishes with earthy, rich flavors make this wine irresistibly gulpable.

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