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Fall Flavors

School has started, the leaves will be turning soon, and it is that time of the year to put on your favorite cardigan and sip some fine red wine.  We have been quite busy here at France 44 preparing for one of our favorite times of the year.  Our team has had a busy summer traveling to Croatia, Oregon, Spain, and, as I write this, Karina is out in sunny California.

Each of these places gave us great memories but even better experiences.  We have had an amazing time getting to know the intimate details of all of these wonderful places we have visited recently, and now it is our time to share some of our findings with you!

This week we are presenting you some of our new fall favorite red wines from our travels, enjoy!


       Pilizota Plavina 2014

Croatia – Pilizota Plavina 2014 $15.99 On Sale!

Pilizota’s Plavina has really expressed its authentic Dalmatian characteristics: lively acidity, fresh red berries and fruit, moderate alcohol, a solid tannin structure, with a hint of chocolate and constant undertones of Dalmatian earthiness.

Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Oregon – Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2014 $34.99 On Sale!

Signature scents of ripe cane berries, dried fruits, spice and sandalwood dominate the aromatic profile. Silky on entry, the wine offers a burst of ripe berry flavors and vibrant acidity.  It is juicy, fresh and mouth-coating with lovely, sweet fruit qualities. A core of black cherry lingers with hints of earth and game emerging on the palate. Beautifully balanced with richness, ample grip, fine persistence and minerality.  Fine-grained tannins contribute to the drive and energy on the palate.

 Ostatu Rioja Crianza 2014 

Spain – Ostatu Rioja Crianza 2014 $19.99 On Sale!

Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by fresh rose and peppery spices. Silky and fine-grained on the palate, offering intense red berry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes spicy and very long, with harmonious tannins and lingering red fruit notes.

Round Pond Kith & Kin 2014

California – Round Pond Kith & Kin 2014 $35.99 On Sale!

Kith & Kin, Old English for “Friends & Family”, is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from all corners of the Napa Valley but with its heart rooted in Rutherford. This wine is meant to be approachable in its youth, with balanced tannins and a fruit forward character. The vast majority of fruit comes from our estate, supplemented by a limited amount from Napa Valley growers.