Any date is incomplete without a fine glass of red wine. Red wine is a classic drink, or you can say, the drink of the lords and ladies. Over the years, many red wine types have been created, but only a few have been popular among wine lovers. So today, let’s have a look at the top 10 red wines whose one sip will make your day.
1. Caberet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is actually a red wine grape. The same name also calls the wine, which is made from this grape. It is known to be the best-selling varietals of red wine in the United States. Its cabs are big, full-bodied, and tannic, and these wines can age in the cabs for years. You can find this in both single-varietal wines and wine blends. You will even find Cabernet Sauvignon blended in lesser amounts into wines such as Chianti and Priorat.
It has a similar story as that of Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot is both the name for the red wine grape and the single-varietal wines made from the grape. They are medium-bodied wines that are less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon. Often blended with other grapes to bring more softness and complexity to an already finished red wine. Famous wine blends that may include this beauty are Meritage, Bordeaux, super Tuscans, and Priorat.
3. Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir, a red wine, rose to great prominence in Burgundy wines from France, and later it is grown and produced in the United States. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is excellent at producing stunning and powerful Pinot Noir wines. Sonoma County and Napa Valley are also known for producing world-class Pinot Noir wines. Another exciting fact, Pinot Noir, is one of the grapes found in Champagne and sparkling wines. Pinots are medium to light bodied with typically a soft tannic structure.
Syrah or Shiraz is everything a red wine lover needs; it’s Jammy, fruity, and spicy. Interestingly it can take on different characteristics depending on the terroir and growing conditions. This full-bodied single varietal wine can be found in many blends from around the world. Chile, Australia, California, Washington State, and the Rhône region in France are few places from around the globe that produces single varietal and blended wines containing Syrah. The most popular blends that consist of this one include Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage, and Côte-Rôtie wines from France, GSM blend wines from Australia and the United States.
Zinfandel wines consist of the gamut in flavour characteristics, and it ranges from big and hearty to light and delicate. Its variety helps to bag a place on this ultimate red wine list. Like others, this is a single varietal wine, commonly manufactured in the United States with stellar varieties from Sonoma County. This one is used in many blends but is most commonly blended with the Petite Sirah grape. Primitivo found in Italy shares a close resemblance to Zinfandel, so wines labelled Primitivo is also Zinfandel wines.
Sangiovese is primarily recognized as an Italian wine grape, which can be found in Chianti. It is grown in other wine regions, too, such as the United States, and they are used to produce single-varietal named wines. Several wines contain Sangiovese as either the primary grape or in blends such as super Tuscans, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Its taste is more on the earthy side, in flavour, and is characterized by medium tannins and high acidity.
The Nebbiolo grape is found as the varietal, prominently found in the Italian wines from Tuscany, including Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a medium-bodied wine that consists of strawberry characteristics and some powerful tannins. Nebbiolo wines can be aged for longer than a decade because that helps the tannins to provide a power structure to the wine, which lets it attain a beautiful flavour.
Popular in Spain as Garnacha, Grenache is an earthy, smoky, and soft wine. You’ll find this labelled as a single varietal, but it is fantastic as a blender too. Blended with various wine across the globe, including Spain’s Priorat, GSM from Australia and the US, and many blends from France’s Southern Rhône region including Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône. Grenache has grown and labelled as single varietals in Australia, the United States, and other various regions all around the planet.
Malbec is gaining fame as a wine varietal, especially in South American wines from Argentina. Malbec is basically a medium-tannin wine with tasty punches of cherries and cocoa. It has grown its roots in France’s Bordeaux region, too, and found in Bordeaux wines from the Right Bank and France’s Loire Valley.
Barbera is a grape type and wine varietal that is found majorly in Northern Italy. It is a low-tannin red with tasty soft plum flavours and some zingy acidity. Trust me; it tastes as beautiful as its name. Barbera is almost exclusively used as a single varietal wine, and you can even find them in various wine regions outside of Italy so, get your hands on them as soon as you can.