Beyond the Usual Red Varietals

January 27, 2021 2 min read

Our favorite cold weather wines tend to be red.  They are romantic and can warm the body.  There are more to red wines than Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.  Try some of our favorite varietals that are not in your usual lineup. 

 

 


OVEJA NEGRA RESERVA MALBEC-PETIT VERDOT

This blend of Petit Verdot and Malbec is a great way to start on your journey beyond the usual varietals.  Petit Verdot offers notes of black fruits such as blueberries and blackberries intermingling with the fruity aromas. The Malbec lends juiciness and sweet tannins to the palate, while the Petit Verdot contributes black fruit flavors and a tannic backbone, providing structure to the elegant finish.

 

 

DOMAINE LA ROCALIERE LIRAC IKEBANA

Provence in France is one of the premier regions for winemaking.  This wine is another deviation from your typical varietals, boasting an odd blend of 47% Mourvèdre, 47% Carignan, and 6% Grenache that has very distinct floral and Herbs de Provence notes typical of the region. It is well-balanced with solid tannins; the wine is dense and fragrant, very complex for the modest price-point making it perfect for a cold winter’s night.

 

JEAN PIERRE GAUSSEN BANDOL ROUGE

Yet another of our favorites is this deep red wine made from Mourvèdre (95%) and Grenache. Medium to full-bodied, there are flavors of black fruits, roasted coffee, even some licorice, pencil shavings and forest floor. The finish is long with balanced tannins.

 

 


BOERI ALFONSO PORLAPA BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORE

Made from the Italian red grape, Barbera, this wine boasts and intensely deep color with rich red and black fruit flavors and a lush and lively texture.

 

 


MASTROJANNI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

For a real treat, try this Brunello di Montalcino from Italy.  Elegant and refined, at the same time strong and full-bodied, it ends with a lingering sapidity.  Pairs nicely with game, lamb, grilled red meats and mature cheeses.


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