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Halloween draws near, and no matter what kind of fun you have planned around it, wine can only make it better!  Thus, here are a handful of scary sips (in a good way, of course) that are perfect for your glass or goblet.

 

Curious Beasts 2014 “Blood” Red Blend

Grape(s):  Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, & Cabernet Franc

Region: California

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Haunting aromas of raspberries, cherries, gamy meat, and spice rise up from a glass. Lush red raspberry, boysenberry, and plum interweave among allusions of white pepper and game on the palate. Nice, ripe fruit is in harmony with more savory elements. It’s a ideal Halloween party wine.

Rating: 89

Bewitched 2015 Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River, Sonoma

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The nose uncloaks aromas of raspberries, plums, and black cherries alongside accents of cola and clove. The palate is fairly rich, with plum, cherry, and raspberry flavors mingling among hints of rose petal, cola, and spice. A good body and ample fruit make this an inviting Pinot on Halloween (or any other day).

Rating: 90

Bogle “Phantom” 2016 Chardonnay

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Mists of pears, apples, and pineapples float with butterscotch and vanilla on the nose. Tropical fruit and apple flavors  blend with butterscotch and creamy oak on the palate. Rich and a bit buttery, it’s a frighteningly friendly Chard for under $20.

Rating: 89

Charles Smith 2015 “Velvet Devil” Merlot

Grape(s): 100% Merlot

Region: Washington, USA

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

There’s a wicked combination of blackberries, black cherries, and plums, alongside a few earthy hints on the nose. The palate screams with bramble berry and dark cherry flavors that flow into expressions of minerals, herbs, and cigar box. Not the fruity, ripe wine that one might expect from a Merlot. It’s fashioned in a style that will appeal to those not haunted by old world wines.

Rating: 89