Most wine drinkers are familiar with the noble red grapes/varieties: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Although these five are the most popular and the most well-known, they are far from being the only red wine types. Wineries throughout the world produce red wine with varying level of boldness, acidity and aromas, so you're sure to find a bottle you like. Get ready to discover your new favorite red.
Medium-Bodied Red Wines
SLO DOWN, SEXUAL CHOCOLATE, RED BLEND
72The 2015 vintage is mostly a Syrah blend that delivers an intense combo of ripe, dark fruit with a long, smooth finish. This is a wine that can hold its own but is also a most welcome addition to a variety of foods.Varietal: Syrah, Malbec Alcohol: 14.5% AVA: California
Light-Bodied Red Wines
TRUE STORY, PINOT NOIR
96To the eye the wine presents a bright ruby hue with luminous highlights. the bouquet is composted of violets, with fruit notes from strawberry's and rhubarb while there is an undertone of subtle spice. Unusually bright with fantastic texture it lines the pallet with silk and lace. Pleasing tart cherry, a hint of pie spice, and dusty tannins lead to a long complex finish.Alcohol: 13.5% AVA: Willamette Valley, Oregon Varietal: Pinot Noir
Full-Bodied Red Wines
Infinite Monkey Theorem, Petit Verdot
74This rustic historic varietal that is most associated with older Bordeaux blends, has finally come of age. The thick skins raise the game in tannin, color and overall freshness, none of which distract from the distinctive spicy character. Aromas of fresh olives and flowers mingle with a little blueberry make this a fun, rich wine to enjoy by the fireplace. This is a big wine, a bit of a beast. It will hold up to almost any rich decadent meal. Your challenge is to see if you can out cook the wine…Varietal: Petit Verdot Alcohol: 13% AVA: Grand Valley, CO
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Fill up the glass, and ask questions later — that's our position on white wine, anyway. There are plenty of white wine options to choose from, but most contain some element of citrus, like lemon or lime. Some varieties contain orange and tangerine, as well. Beneath those elements, you'll find apple and pear notes in wines like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay or more exotic fruits in Riesling, Viognier and Gewürztraminer.
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