Top Ten Red Wines: Find Out Which Wines Made the List




There will always be contention when it comes to selecting the top ten red wines. One group of people will like this wine; another group will like a different one. Some folks will always be loyal to local vintners, no matter what. These are the intangibles that affect the selection of the top ten red wines, but by and large most wine enthusiasts can agree on the following ten reds this year, in no particular order.

First there is Kitchen Sink Blends of California, no vintage. This very affordable red (only $8 USD per bottle!) shows that not all the top ten red wines have to be expensive. It is a wonderful blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and petite syrah. It has a very complex structure accompanied by ripe tannins, and very rich dark and red berry flavors with just a faint hint of creme de cassis.

Next is Raymond Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2005. A bottle of this red will run you about $26 and is a big, lush wine, featuring fully-integrated tannins with robust fruit. Look for a light oak flavor with a long, lingering dry finish. It’s a real steal at this price.

Renwood Winery’s Zinfandel Fiddletown 2005 is up next. This California Zin costs about $24 per bottle and is truly a unique wine. Look for a long, robust, spicy finish and great red berry flavors with a touch of black pepper.

Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi Red Dirt Ridge 2005 is next in line. This Cab costs only $10 per bottle and is a rich, complex wine with chocolate, blackberry, and vanilla spice flavors followed up by a toasty oak finish.

Next is Forman Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000. This Cab is $57 per bottle and features well-balanced tannins with a long, lingering finish. This wine goes great with dinner and features a wonderful balance of oak and dark fruit.

Then you have Portal Real Colchagua Valley 2006. This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon costs only $20 per bottle and is a beautiful deep violet in color. Look for fresh and sensual aromatics with flavors of plum and dried cherry, and a touch of mint in the background.

Next you have Wente Pinot Noire Arroyo Seco Reliz Creek 2006. This California Pinot costs about $22 and features subtle vanilla, cherry, earth flavors. A wonderful, affordable Californian wine.

Domaine de la Croix Buzet 2000 is next in line. This rich, ripe French blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot and runs for about $12 per bottle. Look for a supple texture brimming with blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of vanilla and toast on the finish.

Then there is Blackstone Winery’s Merlot Napa Valley 2006. This red is $20 a bottle and features elegant creaminess, with firm tannins and supple oak flavors.

The last of the top ten red wines is Terra Barossa Barossa Valley Importer’s Reserve 2005. This Australian Shiraz is fleshy and ripe with a glowing core of plum and black currant flavor, and even a bit of green pepper!

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