NEIL’S PICK:

Penendes, Spain

$18 / $102.60 / $183.60

This compelling blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Syrah is crafted from 30-50 year-old plantings from the northern Penedes region, which is known mostly for sparkling Cava wines. Since the 1970s, Carlos Esteva has been building his family’s estate into an organically farmed nirvana for olive and almond trees, as well as a staggering 28+ grape varieties. This wine is a bright, fall time tinged red, boasting stony minerality and bright red fruit that is lifted by brilliant acidity. It has a lip-smacking, thirst-quenching finish that is taught and vibrant–almost tart, but in a good way (think pie cherries). Partner this fun wine with fall mushroom dishes, roasted fowl, and hearty fall squash dishes in tomato sauce.