As the Season’s transition – from the heat and humidity of summer here in Virginia, to the cool, crispness of Fall – so too do my wine tastes. During this transition, I seem to naturally move from crisp, steely Sauvignon Blancs to light reds – in particular to Beaujolais. Although it’s great any time of the year, Beaujolais is the perfect summer-to-fall transition wine.
This week, I am working in the Washington DC area – where the weather is in the Summer to Fall transition. Last night I had the chance to catch up with a couple of colleagues at Eat Bar in Arlington, VA. On the menu was one lone Beaujolais – the Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils 2008, imported by Kermit Lynch. In looking back over my Beaujolais tasting notes, it’s interesting to note that I had a Beaujolais the last time I met this same group at Eat Bar.
Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils 2008 Beaujolais $35/bottle, but less than ½ that price in a retail store. Light purple color in the glass, this wine had a beautiful (not a word I use a lot) of violets, strawberries, and big league chew bubble gum. In the mouth, pomegranate and mineral flavors dominated with a pleasant red berry finish. Nice acidity and near silky mouthfeel.
If you can find this particular wine at a retail outlet, in the $15/bottle range, I would highly recommend it. Yet another example of an excellent Kermit Lynch import.
What is your Summer-to-Fall transition wine?
I liked this particular Beaujolais so much that I took the bottle back to the hotel with me to snap this photo because I didn’t take my camera to dinner.