Fresh Off the Vine: 10 Wines to Try This Year


With fall in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, a glass of wine is no doubt on the menu. Whether you survive the season only with the help of (several) glasses of red and white, or you simply enjoy wines and are looking for some new suggestions, you’ve come to the right place! Below are some of the best new wines to try out this year.

1. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

If you’re new to the Marlborough region of New Zealand, Fortune recommends starting with this crisp, light white. Each sip offers delicate notes of tropical flavor, with hints of melon, passionfruit, and pineapple finished by a zesty citrus tang.

2. Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2014

One sip of this gorgeous, fruity red reveals the wine’s well-balanced, medium-bodied and delicious symphony of fruity and savory flavors, pleasing to the velvety smooth finish.

3. Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2014

Prominent pear and lime flavors are balanced perfectly with dry minerality and bracing natural acidity in this rich, bright white. Don’t worry if you don’t get around to popping it open: this wine is known for aging elegantly.

4. Charles & Charles Rose 2014

This complex but tasteful rose features a variety of grapes complemented by notes of cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Rounded off with hints of Herbs de Provence and a long, bright natural acid finish.

5. Tenshen White 2014

This beautiful Rhône white blend features a smooth texture full of rich flavors of peach and apricot that gives way to a spicy, nutty finish.

6. DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A textured, full-bodied red, this wine starts you off with mocha espresso flavors that give way to a lasting finish full of bright acidity and complex layers of black currant, blueberry, licorice, and spice.

7. Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel Rose Reine des Bois 2014

The Wine Advocate labels this rosé “one of the greatest in the world. A full aroma of white and red fruits and floral notes lead to a pure, fresh taste brimming with delicious fruit flavors.

8. Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2014

Another highly recommended by the Wine Advocate, this Rhône red blend tantalizes taste buds with its full-bodied, rich black fruit flavors. The finish brings deep, spicy flavors with hints of anise.

9. Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2014

This smooth, supple wine starts with an invigoratingly spicy scent that leads seamlessly into its wild cherry flavors paired with complex spice notes, including cinnamon and white pepper.

10. Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2014

A combination of whole-bunch and whole-berry fermentation lends this wine its succulent blackberry and cherry flavors. With a fresh, fruity entry slowly transforming into a soft, well-rounded finish, this wine is as delectable as it is refreshing.

By now your mouth is surely watering, so what are you waiting for? Head out and grab a bottle; no one will blame you if you have a glass or four before dinner.