Since it is Halloween in just a few short days, it is only appropriate that I found some wines that are just wickedly perfect for the scariest day of the year. These wines for Halloween aren’t made for this holiday specifically (at least not that I know of), however their names, labels and some of their flavors fit right in with the spooky, creepy, scary, and horrific nature that October 31st brings each year.
Wicked Wines for Halloween
Bouquet: Leather, smoke, berry
Tasting Notes: At first, this wine gives off a slightly spicy and intense flavor. After letting the palette get used o the flavors, you can pick up raspberry, a hint of chocolate, and a peppery finish that really balances this wine out.
This was by far my favorite out of the four new wines I picked up this year (2016, pictured above). I would give this wine a 4.5 out of 5. It was unique and the palette kept me interested.
Bouquet: Red berries with spice. It smells rich and “fiery” from the get-go.
Tasting Notes: Really spicy for a wine. There is sweetness from the maple notes, but an overall level of spice from being aged in whiskey barrels.
I would give this a 2.5 out of 5. While it is an interesting glass to sip on, I couldn’t drink more than a glass in one sitting. However, my husband and his brother really liked it, and would give it a 3.9 out of 5.
Bouquet: Earthy, with notes of spice and berry
Tasting Notes: Heavy on the berry. I wouldn’t normally say this, but you can taste the actually grapes in this wine. You can really taste the notes of spice and a slight earthy flavor on the finish.
I would give this wine a 3 out 5. it wasn’t terrible, but it isn’t something I would reach for.
Stella Rosa Black
Tasting Notes: This wine is a little bit different from the others in that it is a wine cocktail. It is extremely sweet, and slightly carbonated. The recommendation is to drink this wine chilled, and I would total agree with that.
I would give this a 3 out of 5, but only when you are in the mood for this specific type of wine. I wouldn’t reach for it regularly, and I have a feeling it’s more of a specific occasion (wine and cheese party) wine rather than an everyday bottle.
Bouquet:: Right away you get an overwhelming and rich berry smell combined with a slight whiff of cherry. It smells like some wonderful dessert.
Tasting Notes: Raspberries, blackberries and cherries combine to bring sweet notes at first taste. There is also a mild currant flavor that gives the wine a smooth flavor in the beginning. The end is where it gets quite intense. Sweet with a powerful spicy finish that lingers on your palate for a good while after that sip is finished.
Personally, I was not a huge fan of this wine. The finish was a bit strong for me, and I really love wine that has some spice to it. Something about the flavors did not combine well on my palate, however it is not a terrible wine. I would say that it has quite a “vicious” combination of flavors that fits well with the intensity of the Halloween holiday.
Priced at around $9. I would give this a 2 out of 5.
This 2013 limited release red from California is one that you will not want to miss! At around $9, it is an absolute winner.
Bouquet: Ripe, yummy blueberries along with a hint of a chocolate scent at the very end
Tasting Notes: This wine is one of the smoothest wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. With flavors of berries combined with the sweet bite of dark chocolate, this wine is absolutely delicious. It is so good, the amount of it you will want to drink may scare you. This frightfully delicious wine is totally Halloween appropriate!
I would give this a 4.9 out of 5! Highly recommend for you all to go hunt this down at a World Market.
Bouquet: Spicy plum and cranberries in combination. To me, it is extremely reminiscent of a fruity body spray.
Tasting Notes: as soon as it hits the palate, you get a strong flavor of overly ripe plum and black cherry. The finish has is a mixture of strawberries, peppercorn and vanilla.
This wine was interesting. The tag line is “the wine to die for”. I would beg to differ. While I do think it has a really unique flavor profile, I wouldn’t give my life for a bottle of this. It was around $11 on sale, with the larger bottle being around $23. It was recommended to me as one of the most popular sellers. Because of that, I would say try it for the experience and the fact that the bottle alone would look great on your creepy dining room table.
I would give this a 3 out of 5.
Dead Bolt Red Blend
What better wine to end with then this… you may wonder how this fits with Halloween. I for one am sure to lock my dead bolt and check it a few extra times after visit some of the scary sites and seeing some of the terrifying costumes that people jump out of the shadows (literally) with each year. An example: after my recent visit to the haunted house for the very first time when I was chased by someone with a chainsaw out of the haunted house… never again.
Bouquet: Luscious red fruits and berries. This is the kind of wine that you can get sucked into based off of the scent and the very first sip.
Tasting Notes: A really strong fruit flavor combined with an extremely light bit of oak. There are also plenty of rich black cherry notes, a balanced amount of spice and a wonderful addition of mocha into the mix. Talk about a winning combination.
Thankfully, this wine was much better than my trip to the haunted house. I really enjoyed the flavors of it and the fact that it was really smooth. I would dare to call it “wickedly delicious”.
Priced at around $13. I would give this a 4 out of 5.
Ghost Pines Zinfandel
Ghosts… Halloween… they kind of go hand-in-hand don’t they?
Bouquet: This has one of the most unusual scent profiles out of any of the wines I have sampled (which is quite a lot)… but not in a bad way. It gives off a creamy coconut scent combined with a hint of spices and berries.
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, coconut, maybe some cinnamon as well. The vanilla flavor is fairly strong and the beginning and middle of this wine is pretty decent. It’s the finish that really wasn’t my cup of tea. It leaves you with a lasting taste of bitter spices which, on my palate, were much to in-your-face.
I found myself only being able to finish one glass of this before moving back to the Once Upon A Vine I sampled before it. I was surprised, seeing as this was around $18, I expected more from it. I would give this a 3 out of 5.
Once Upon A Vine “The Big Bad Red Blend”
I won’t lie, I was suckered in by the bottle on this one. “Once Upon A Time” is one of my favorite fall shows that airs during this time and this brand just reminds me of it perfectly! It has a big bad wolf creeping around a tree for goodness sake…Not to mention the name itself. What can be more fall/Halloween themed then that?
Bouquet: Rich berries with a hint of chocolate sweetness
Tasting Notes: You get a lot of deep plum flavors, mixed in with the dark berries that accompany the scent. There are some rich flavors of dark fruits and spices and you continue to enjoy the glass. It has a nice, smooth finish that makes you want to take another sip.
This wine is super smooth and easy to drink, like a lot of good red blend’s tend to be. I would give it a 4 out of 5. I am a huge fan of red wine in general, but reds that have rich, dark flavors like this tend to be some of my favorites. Dress up as a your favorite risqué character and connect with your inner dark side as you drink this wine on Halloween. For around $10, you won’t be disappointed.
I hope that you find only treats and no tricks if you give these wines a try! Make sure to subscribe to get the latest in Thanksgiving and Christmas wines as well:)
*Cheers to another year of candy, costumes, and creepy things everywhere*