11 clever & well-made fall and halloween Wine
Here are 11 great quality wines who are known for their fun and spectacularly spooky labels.
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Chronic Cellars, “Spritz and Giggles”
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
From the heart of Paso Robles, brothers Josh and Jake Beckett have given voice to regional wines that speak volumes in term of quality fruit and easy-going style. Expect this Chardonnay-dominated blend to dance to the beat of a mix of pear and apple-driven fruit themes that match any day of the dead celebration.
Charles Smith “The Velvet Devil”
A popular Washington Merlot that you can enjoy any day of the year, but one that is particularly catchy on All Hallows’ Eve: the Velvet Devil from Charles Smith is an easy option for entertaining those with blood-sucking abilities.
Capturing a full moon and dark fruit character, this particular Cabernet Sauvignon enchants with a medium-body, juicy focused-fruit, and a ghostly swirl of oak meets spice rounding out the mix. At only $15 a bottle, this wine will delight costume-clad ghouls and goblins with ease.
Vampire with cape
California-based Vampire Vineyards produces perhaps the most essential spooky sips. The Cabernet Sauvignon is its most classic offering. Aging with Oak, as well as small-lot fermentations give the wine its exquisite rich, full-bodied flavors, and aromas of blackberry and dark cherry and will give you symptoms of vampirism.
Add bone-chilling excitement to your Halloween with the Skeleton. Explosive fruit flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit and nectarine. This skeleton is amusing during the day and gru-vee at night.
Nothing beats the monster thrills you can only experience with the Mt. Monster Shiraz. Named for the steep rocky outcrops and deep gullies near where this vineyard is located in Southern Australia, this substantial wine delivers blackberry meets plum fruits, with creamy textures and an enduring finish. Go all in on the monster fun.
chateau diana, “zombie zin”
Americans are fascinated with Zombies, and they are also fascinated especially with this Zombie Zin. With flavors of complex & rich flavors of blackberries, powdered cinnamon, cola & cherry jam, this wine awakens any and all corpses for a spooktacular night.
Black cats are steeped in superstition and a spooky symbol of Halloween. The Moselland Riesling comes from the near the Mosel River, and from local growers there that joined together to form the largest wine growing group in Rheinland-Pfalz. The result was the creation of Moselland wines, a very efficient, reliable and innovative company. Moselland Cat offers a fruity Riesling bouquet, well-balanced palate, hint of exotic fruit, crisp, refreshing and straight.
19 crimes, “the uprising”
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache
19 Crimes “The Uprising” is perhaps the fanciest offering of 19 Crimes. It is Shiraz dominant lending bright raspberry fruit and plush tannin structure with Cabernet Sauvignon to provide blackberry fruits and structure, then Grenache to provide spice and fruit sweetness on the palate. The nose has intense lifted mocha, caramel and baking spice notes. On the palate the wine is full and mouth coating with brown sugar, jammy blackberry and chocolate notes. Oh, also it is 15% ABV.
The name itself is a symbol for Halloween, throw in the skeleton label and the fact that its a Malbec with fresh and vibrant fruit, and voilà: this wine is insane.
Quinta do Noval, Black port (Portugal)
Black is a revolutionary new style of port. The bright aromatics, incredible freshness and perfect balance bring it outside the stodgy "vintage-character" category.
Enjoy it any time: chilled, before dinner, after, for a seductive edge to cocktails, as an indulgence with chocolate. The custom-designed bottle is distinctive, modern yet timeless, reflecting the uniqueness of Noval Black. It is simply the most beautiful port bottle we've seen.
91 Points - Wine Spectator
90 Points - Wine Advocate