This Halloween, it's all treats, some in costume.
Its black label illustrated with four bullet holes and the vintage announced in a blood stain, the 2013 Vendetta ($25), a red blend, does stand out. Adding to the wine's notoriety is its source: the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. This isn't exactly a Corleone cuvée, but a combo of cabernet sauvignon and Malbec that delivers just enough pop, some spice and good company for red meat. Of course, its motto is "The wine you can't refuse."
California's godfather of zinfandel is Joel Peterson of the Ravenswood winery in Sonoma. He makes terrific zins. And he whacks some moderately priced competitors with the 2014 Besieged ($15), a seven-grape red blend loaded with blackberry and plum. The label jumps off shelves, with its part-Poe and part-Hitchcock image of circling ravens -- a nod to Peterson's first vintage, during which the birds appeared to be taunting the winemaker.
Full-bodied and gutsy is the 2012 Shatter ($20-$25), a Joel Gott and Dave Phinney Grenache production from Maury in France's Cotes Catalanes that's bottled in Napa. The label is artful and apropos for the higher-octane red.
More elegantly clad is the nonvintage Taittinger Nocturne ($82), with a geometric design that's equal parts disco ball and "La Mer." This is one festive, bubbly bottle from an exceptional producer of Champagne, made from grapes from several harvests and classifications. The result is harmonious and delightful. There's some sweetness, creaminess, crispness, plus floral and peach notes.