4 Must Try Winter Wines
Edible Indy along with Vanguard Wines hand picked four wines for the holiday season for sipping enjoyment. These wines satisfy will delight the senses of even the most beginner wine connoisseur.
Larmandier-Bernier Rose de Saignee Brut NV
The Wine Advocate, 93 points
Retail Price: $85
This beautiful Rose has flavors of crushed flowers, red berries and sweet spices are layered into the vibrant, focused finish.
“…These are some of the purest, most impeccable wines being made in Champagne today.”
Why We Love It: A perfect combination of dry with a tinge of sweetness on our tongues. For us it is a perfect gift for the holidays or just to enjoy with a fresh raspberries and Tulip Tree Creamery cheese.
Turley Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
The Wine Advocate, 91 points
Retail Price: $35
Turley wines are not only a treat for the senses, but a true collectors wine to enjoy over a nice meal. This wine maintains a deeply delicious ruby-colored Zinfandel created like a well crafted Pinot Noir.
“…Larry Turley remains the reference point, for world-class, quintessential old vine Zinfandels.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“...Sweet floral notes, tobacco, spices and berries are all woven together in the 2012 Zinfandel Old Vines. A pretty, expressive wine, the 2012 will drink well early, but also has gorgeous depth and plenty of vintage 2012 resonance. This is another wine with tons of early appeal.”
Antonio Galloni, VinousMedia.com, 90 points
Why We Love It: This wine tastes like a $100 bottle and is priced affordably at $35. It will heighten your love for deep red wines while leaving you wanting to have this as a staple in your wine rack.
Bedrock Wine Co. “Bedrock Vineayard Heritage Wine” 2013
There are no reviews of the 2013 vintage yet, but the 2012 scored quite high in a number of publications: The Wine Advocate gave it 91 points, The Wine Spectator gave it 95 points.
Retail Price: $35
"Founded in 1854 by Generals William “Tecumseh” Sherman and General “Fightin’ Joe” Hooker, Bedrock Vineyard has grown grapes for over 150 years. Following the first epidemic of phylloxera in the mid-1880’s, the vineyard was replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst—a mining magnet, an early father of California, and the father of publisher William Randolph Hearst. It is from those 125 year old vines that the Bedrock Heritage Wine is crafted. Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point.
Composed of roughly 55% Zinfandel, 30% Carignane, with the balance being the many other varieties scattered throughout the vineyard.”
Why We Love It: This wine is made with a robust flavor with heirloom grapes dating back over 150 years. It will not disappoint you in the fullness of its grapes. A wine to experience with a dinner party.
Felsina Vin Santo DOC 2003
The Wine Spectator, 90 points
Retail Price: $45
“...The 2003 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico presents an intriguing combination of the classic Vin Santo aromas and flavors (almonds, orange peel, burnt sugar, crushed flowers) with an additional level of textural richness that is most likely the result of the torrid vintage. This is a beautiful, delineated wine from start to finish.”
The Wine Advocate, 92 points
“...Concentrated flavors of caramel, dried apricot, quince paste, roasted walnut and smoke pervade this ripe, powerful sweetie.”
Why We Love It: This gorgeous amber colored Chianti is a perfect dessert wine to warm you during the cold Indiana winter nights. It will increase your love for the finer wines, but at a reasonable price.
These fine wines are available for purchase at
Vine and Table, Carmel
Grapevine Cottage, Zionsville
Cork and Cracker, Carmel, Indianapolis
Goose the Market, Indianapolis
Tasteful Times, Fishers
They also may be available upon request at:
FARM Bloomington, Bloomington
No Coast, Bloomington
R Bistro, Indianapolis
St. Elmos, Indianapolis