Red Wine Perfect for the Table

Red Wine You’ll Want to Stock Up On

 

A nice red wine is always welcome at the dinner table. And especially during winter we seek out red wines that are food-friendly, warming, and—above all—delicious. For red wines that you simply must stock up on this winter, we turned to the guidance of sales associates Elizabeth Smith, Erik Gazinski, and Marcarthur Baralla, as well as sales manager Sara Sparks, assistant wine buyer Laura Mooney, and wine buyer Lorena Ascencios.

Bucklin Zinfandel, Old Hill Ranch – 2011
This is a juicy, layered Zinfandel which shows blueberry compote, sweet wild cherries, white pepper, sugar icing, and cinnamon. Medium-bodied with seamlessly integrated tannins, this Zin is rich and fruity without being cloying. A beautifully balanced and totally addictive red wine. – ES

Ava Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills – 2013
Savory notes, light floral aromatics, tart red fruit—exactly what an Oregon Pinot Noir should be. Pair it this holiday season with all the usual suspects (turkey with cranberry sauce, ham, potatoes, etc). This red wine is a terrific value for $21.96. Oregon Pinot Noir is getting pricier by the day, don’t pass it up. – EG

40ème Rugissants, Estezargues – 2015
This wine is all about fruit. Unoaked and made using carbonic maceration, this organic Southern Rhône wine will show you layers of red fruits. If you like Beaujolais-style wine or the Grenache grape, you will love this red wine. – MB

Coudray-Bizot “Au Bas de Combe” Nuits-St.-George 31866
“Au Bas de Combe” is one of those enchanting Burgundies, the kind that shows a dichotomy between earth and fruit. There’s high-tone cherry notes that edge toward bubble gum. The earthy side smells like dried rose petals fallen on the ground. Medium-bodied with a mineral backbone that proclaims, “This red wine can age.” Savory and mushroomy, a satiating bottle of Burgundy. – SS

Pommard 1er Cru “Grand Clos des Epenots”, Courcel – 2010
Here is a full-bodied Pommard with a rich color and prominent, yet integrated, flavors of oak. Aromas of sweet, spiced cinnamon pears and winter cranberry are pronounced. Excellent clayey earth and a seriously dry, acid-driven, and tannic finish. This red wine is for the cellar or a hearty meal. – SS

Barbera d’Alba “Naunda”, Bric Cenciurio – 2013
Behold Barbera made for the lover of rich red wine. “Naunda” has a unique espresso nose, incisive minerality and a dry, tannic length. Pleasantly musky and woody with an earthy finish. Lovers of Nola chicory coffee take note. – SS

Terre Rouge, DTR Ranch, Syrah – 2008
Mature Syrah from California is not an everyday find. You won’t find typical California fruit emanating from this glass, but instead secondary umami and mushroomy notes. A cool and lovely red wine. – SS

Terrasses du Larzac, Mas de Brousses – 2012
Xavier Peyraud and his wife Geraldine Combes work their vineyards organically in the Languedoc just south of Pic St. Loup. This dark, silky red wine blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre offers juicy black fruit, garrigue, and olive. The Mourvèdre is from Domaine Tempier Bandol cuttings. – LM

Brunello di Montalcino, Stella di Campalto – 2008
There’s a lot to look forward to when drinking this Brunello and although these red wines are known for their richness, the top ones always show elegance in a profound Burgundian fashion. This Brunello impresses and has the pedigree to age for many more years to come. – LA

Arcadian, Sierra Madre, Pinot Noir – 2009
The climate in Santa Barbara allows for a different profile of California Pinot Noir. Add to that the expert hands of winemaker Joe Davis and you have a domestic Pinot noir that is not only delicious now but also age-worthy. – LA

“E ISS” Tintore, San Francesco – 2012
Italy is home to thousands of native grape varieties and we have found yet another that is new to us: Tintore. This comes from pre-phylloxera vines and these very old vines are the Holy Grail in the wine world as this translates into concentration and profound character. Drink this bold red wine with rich cuisines and you’ll be content in every sense of the word. This comes from a tiny family operation just minutes away from the beautiful Amalfi Coast. – LA