National Red Wine Day is here! Let’s make this day the perfect excuse (as if we needed one) to uncork our favorite bottle of red.
Red wine is a universe to explore! There are more than 10,000 varieties of red grapes around the world. Each wine is influenced by the region, the soil, the climate, the style, and the hands of the winemaker.
We know this can be overwhelming, but don't worry, we've got you! Today our Big Hammer Wine’s Wine Experts, bring you their 12 favorites. With this curated selection, you will find different and exciting wines and the best part, at all price ranges so you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to taste extraordinary wines!
Discover your new go-to wine, or the wine you will uncork on a special occasion, or perhaps your new daily wine. Immerse yourself in the red world with these 12 wines:
Flechas de Los Andes is the brainchild of Benjamin de Rothschild (of Château Clarke) and Laurent Dassault (Château Lafleur) who have sought out exemplary terroir quintessential for Malbec cultivation. The 2015 Punta de Flechas Corte showcases the technical winemaking abilities of established Chateau like Clarke and Lafleur with a mindblowing value that redefines quality wine at an affordable price. An elegant wine with mature tannins and excellent aging potential.
After more than 160 years, Ogier has grown to become one of the leading producers in the Rhône Valley. The estate quietly produces wine from 100% organic grapes and produces wine in a very traditional method. Ogier’s wines are an ode to finesse, elegance and freshness.
It has a pretty, juicy, balanced style as well as notes of saddle leather, peppery herbs, licorice, and ripe black cherries.It’s an outstanding wine that will keep for 8-10 years." ~91 Jeb
The 2018 Meyney is powerful, dense, and super-expressive. Gravel, game, scorched earth, smoke, licorice, incense, and spice infuse this potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. The fruit profile and oak integration point to a transition towards a less extracted style. Even so, there is plenty of richness readers have come to expect from Meyney.~94 Points, Antonio Galloni.
The Martin Ray estate is only beginning to make waves with its Napa Valley Cabernet. If you're a fan of Napa Valley Cab and aren't familiar with the talents of Martin Ray, then it's time to acquaint yourself.
Deep, rustic touches of olive tapenade, with layers of boysenberry and wet earth, with supple, velvety tannins and touches of clove and graphite on the finish.
Bold but refined on the palate, this delightful ruby-colored red has a heady plummy perfume, a profusion of cherry and spice, and a whisper of herbaceous rosemary softened by vanilla. Drink alone or with tomato-y meat sauces, this is a wine made for food.
Chosen as one of the year's best wines and one of the top wines from Puglia and all of Italy! ~ 98 Points, Luca Maroni "I Migliori Vini Italiani"
Like all great Pinots, this wine is a bit of a seductress.It allures with notes of spice, light cedar, and bright raspberry. Slowly, it reveals itself with aeration. If you love cinnamon, this wine will be your best friend.
"I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish." Antonio Galloni.
The wine is a bright ruby color showcasing classic aromas of light red fruits and just a touch of herbal complexity that one would expect from a well-made Brunello. The palate is pushing towards full-bodied reiterating the aromas, with a solid tannin structure and a long finish.
A classic château property, the charming Château Roc de Candale is located east of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated limestone plateau in one of the region’s most desirable districts. The recently modernized estate shares its premium terroir with nearby Château Tertre Roteboeuf and La Mondotte; note these wines sell for well over $100 per bottle!
Deep purple color, lush aromas of cherry and vanillin oak. Good tannic structure and a long, well-balanced finish. The prime drinking window is now through 2026.
This is balanced Zinfandel. It is not high alcohol, overly extracted, or syrupy sweet. There is core fruit that is pure joy, bing cherry, dried plum, fig, and a deft touch of oak and vanilla. The wine is perfect for BBQ or drinking on its own. This Zinfandel is the envy of many Zinfandel producers in California.
Heir Apparent is spearheaded by ambitious Dwight Bonewell. Through his vision, Dwight has created an Ultra-Luxury Napa Cab that sources fruit from some of Napa's most prized vineyards.
The 2016 vintage was a fruitful one and an abundant harvest full of high-quality & near-perfect fruit! Wine Spectator gave the vintage a 98 point rating while Robert Parker concurred with another 98 point score.
Tabali handles their Pinot Noir in a style that is somewhere between modern and classic and the result is stunning.
The nose displays complex, fresh aromas with outstanding fruity intensity, full of cherries, strawberries and spices, all perfectly integrated with the French oak. In the mouth, this wine is fresh, delicate and well-balanced with good acidity. The 2017 Tabali 'Vetas Blancas' Pinot Noir has seductive wine with an elegant and pronounced finish.
Château Lascombes occupies the most sought-after plots in Margaux and was included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification as a Second Great Growth. 2016 is a can't miss vintage in Bordeaux with many critics drawing comparisons to the exceptional 2010 vintage. 2016 in Margaux received a vintage rating of 97 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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