Drinking and reading are the two things that are best. That’s why the smart people at Warner Bros. have teamed up with Lot18 to sell The Lord of the Rings-themed wine. They might have unnecessarily split The Hobbit into three two and a half hour movies, but they’re beginning to understand what the people want.
Lot18’s wines are each named after a fan favorite character: Gandalf, Aragorn, Frodo, and Galadriel. The labels are works of art on their own and I want them as posters. Aragorn’s silhouette is stuffed with a landscape of Minas Tirith, a fellbeast flying overhead. Is the fellbeast heading toward or away from King Aragorn’s white throne room? That is up to you dreaming drinkers to decide.
Get a load of each lovely label (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) and Lot18’s descriptions of each wine (for those of you who pretend to understand what words like “complex” and “subtle” and “sturdy” means re: wine).
2016 Gandalf Monterey County Pinot Noir
The great wizard Gandalf can only be embodied by a variety as respected and celebrated as Pinot Noir. Like the wise old wanderer, this subtle yet complex red is unassuming at first glance, but quickly revealed to be spirited and persuasive, with black raspberry, alpine strawberry and forest floor flavors casting a spell over your palate, bringing you back for sip after sip. Give in to your sense of adventure and follow along.
2016 Frodo Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
As honest and pure as a hobbit’s heart, this Zinfandel is crafted in honor of the most adventurous one of them all: Frodo Baggins, keeper of the ring. And just as hobbits are sturdier than they appear, so are the old vines that produced this red, which have endured for decades to survive – and flourish – against all odds. Vibrant flavors of blackberry, fig and spiced plum carry through to the warm, pleasing finish of this reliable wine.
2016 Galadriel Bordeaux Blanc
The most noble, beautiful and powerful of the elven women is honored by this high-toned wine, a Bordeaux Blanc with piercing citrus flavors and remarkable concentration. Just as Galadriel is revered by the tree people and all those graced by her presence, this impressive white is a true crowd pleaser, imbuing an immediate sense of devotion with its charming embrace. Take a sip and fall under its ethereal spell.
2015 Aragorn Appellation Lussac-St. Émilion Contrôlée
If ever there was a wine fit for a king as mighty and honorable as Aragorn, this is it. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, this unmatched red is from the Lussac-St.-Émilion appellation, once the site of historic battles and dreams of victory. Rich, concentrated and built to last, it’s intensely expressive of its terroir, displaying black-fruit flavors and polished tannins on the palate. Your quest for the consummate drinking experience ends here.