Sunny, yet crisp. Weaving a scarf around your neck, yet leaving your jacket open and carefree, sunglasses on top of your head. Biting into an apple. Crunching leaves under your feet, which feel slightly foreign in new shoes after a summer of sandals. A fresh, unblemished notebook.
To me, that’s Autumn, and that feeling also translates into the wine I feel like drinking these days: fun, fruity, light and flirty reds with crisp acidity. A trip to my local SAQ yesterday revealed two recent arrivals that fall into this category: M. Lapierre’s Morgon 2011 from Beaujolais ($27.95 at SAQ) and COS Frappato 2011 from Sicily ($24.70 at SAQ). Both are likely to sell out quickly.
Lapierre’s Morgon has been written about extensively (I wrote about it here, and about another of Lapierre’s wines here), and its distinctive label may already be familiar to you. A caveat: I haven’t had the chance to try newly-released 2011 vintage yet. (I’m leaving for India tomorrow, and am saving this bottle for when I get back in a few weeks, by which time I expect the SAQ supply to be depleted.) But I wanted to mention it before it sells out, and I’ve tried enough Lapierre Moron to be confident that it too will charm with its bright red fruit, floral accents, and (usually) gamey undertones.
(Thanks to Vincent from Bu du Quebec, who has an uncanny ability for discerning the precise moment when the Morgon is back in stock and is always generous with sharing such information. And it’s via Bill Zacharkiw that I’m usually alerted about the restocking of COS. I’m not sure where I’d be without all the awesome wine people we have around town here in Montreal. Or Twitter, for that matter.)
As I discovered last night, the 2011 COS Frappato is one of those wines where you’re left up-ending the empty bottle, wondering how it disappeared so fast. (For more about COS, see this post.) It’s a serious charmer, this one. A little subtle at first, but be patient and it will reveal itself. It’s full of juicy yet tart red berries and cherries and a bit of gritty spice. It’s fresh and easy-going, yet has some complex layers to it. For me, it’s the perfect wine for Fall.