The leaves are changing, and the air is becoming crisp. A bottle of red wine sits opened on the table. Swirl and sniff, sip, swish, then swallow. Ahhh… the taste. That velvety smoothness as the wine glides down your throat. A perfect moment.
I’ve always enjoyed my wine. Granted, my palette has become a tad more sophisticated since my earlier years. Polished by the several years I spent in France. Gone are the days of boxed wine and the “any bottle will do” attitude. Don’t get me wrong, I am no wine snob. But, as with most things, with age comes knowledge. Now I know what I want, and what I would rather leave corked. My 30th birthday was yesterday, so naturally we celebrated by opening a lovely bottle of French red. As an autumn birthday, red wine is what my palette is more tempted by this time of year. I don’t profess to be an expert, but I thought I would share with you a few of my personal red wine favorites.
I find this wine to be full-bodied and well-balanced, with fruity notes. It is one of the best wines I have ever had.
Again, this wine was full in body yet balanced. Not overpowering in robustness.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
This was a lighter red, but not lacking in boldness of flavor. The lighter body balances its richness.
Marcio Ercolino Saserello
Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Sangiovese
This a blend of 4 grape varietals, and is what’s known as a “Super Sicilian”. The mix of flavors has a powerful effect.
I love tempranillos, and their smooth richness. This one ranks at the top of the ones I have tasted.
These are a few of my favorites anyways. Of course I love the Tuscan wines of Ornellaia, but thought I would introduce you to some other red wines. If you ever get a chance to try any of these, do let me know what you think! And feel free to comment and share your favorite vintages. Because in truth, I love them all. So cheers, or as they say in France, santé!