More and more when someone asks me for a good red wine, I find myself standing in front of the blends. Each and every red blend is unique unto itself. The blends vary from brand to brand and you never get the same thing twice. While Cabernet makers try to make their wines as Cab-y as possible, red blend makers go for something unique.
My love of French wines are what inevitably drew me to red blends in the first place. French wine isn’t about the varietal, rather the place it came from. Red blends are about being unique. That being said, there are definitely some exciting, drinkable red blends out there. Here are some of my favorites:
Not your typical red wine, this wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Syrah to make a unique blended wine that fills your nose with blueberries and spice and an opulent, voluptuous mouthfeel of dark berry fruit, super texture and purity with a full-bodied finish. Excellent with pizza or pair with grilled meats, pastas, smoked cheeses, and comfort foods. – Winery notes
This blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet and Petit Verdot shows aromas of black cherry, raspberry and violets with a profound palate full of black currant, cherry, chocolate and black raspberry; notes of coffee and earth on a body of soft tannins with a long, strong finish. – Tasting notes
Aromas and flavors of black and red fruit, with hints of cassis and subtle notes of oak unleash in your glass. This red blend has great structure and balance and although you would assume it to have a short finish, it is quite long. A wine sure to make you drool. – Winery notes
Bill Dahl, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine consultant – Lakeland
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