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5 Red Wines from Stand-Out Locations


5 Red Wines from Stand-Out Locations // Fall is upon us, and with the ripening of grapes, red wine becomes the perfect accompaniment to tailgating and spicy cuisine.

This year, I want to keep pushing my boundaries and try different top red wines. I went above and beyond trying grapes I know, I love that are growing in other places. For instance, Cabernet Franc from Argentina has impressed me or a Syrah from River Valley. I recently learned that one of my favorite Rhone Valley producers, M. Chapoutier has grown Syrah vines in New Zealand for some time!! And what about Red Wines from Alentejo and a Baja Nebbiolo that you can drink chilled? Boom!! I suggest venturing beyond the usual reds and trying out these options. Let me know

5 Red Wines from Stand-Out Locations that you should keep under the radar
5 Red Wines from Stand-Out Locations that you should keep under the radar

Red Wine from Alentejo

Esporão Reserva 2020

The first wine made by Esporão in 1985 is a classic produced solely from Estate-grown organic grapes. The diversity of Herdade do Esporão, and the unique characteristics of the grape varieties, soils, and vines result in a rich, intense, yet always harmonious wine. On the nose, aromas of blackberries, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice, and a hint of black pepper. The mouth is rich and complex, where intense black fruit and spices notes predominate—a long and persistent finish.
Art accompanies Esporão Reserva from the very beginning. Every year, a new artist to illustrate the wine labels, and each work tells a story. Abel Mota illustrates the 2020 label.

Red Baja Wine

Casa Jippi Red Nebbiolo 2022

This is different from your typical Nebbiolo from Baja. You can drink this one with a chill. It is becoming my house wine; I will include it on my wedding list! From San Vicente Valley, Baja California, Mexico, produced by Llano Colorado and having my dear Lulu Martinez Ojeda as a winemaker, The wine has a complex nose featuring notes of blackberry, fresh pepper, menthol, smoked blueberry, and dark chocolate. The attack is firm but fruity, with an imposing, dense, tannic structure and a fresh, aromatic finish. Overall, it is a delightful wine. If you are in New York, get this one from Astor Wines.

Kobler Cuvée of the Fog Syrah 2021

Intrigued by the name, I must thank Pink Society for getting me a bottle of this unique Red Wine since it’s only available for club members. From The Sonoma County Green Valley of Russian River Valley, This Red Wine is one of a kind. Made in the Côte Rôtie style, 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier from the Kobler Family Vineyards Estate. The Syrah has a bouquet of violets, raspberries, and vanilla, with hints of bacon fat and white pepper. This is amedium-body red wine with balance on the acidity and medium-plus tannins, resulting in a velvety finish.

 Tournon Mathilda Victoria Shiraz

I have learned to follow and dig deeper into my favorite producers, so digging deeper into the M. Chapoutier portfolio, I found that he has gone beyond France. The legendary Rhone Valley wine producer Michel Chapoutier was inspired by the diversity of ancient soils and terroirs in a region south of the equator, almost a world away from France. This inspired him to grow Rhone Valley grapes in Australia, the Earth’s oldest continent in the world. Thus, in 1997, he realized this vision with the creation of Domaine Tournon. 

Located in Victoria, on the southeastern side of the continent, the region is recognized for its diversity of soils and microclimates. Two unique subzones (GI) were identified in Victoria: Heathcote and Pyrenees. Therefore, Michel’s team planted non-grafted vines from 19th-century clonal selections imported from Europe before the advent of phylloxera, and these vineyards continue to be farmed organically. Mathilda has a deep ruby color with aromas of black fruits and pepper. The palate is supple with elegant tannins, embodying the Rhone Valley in Victoria’s Pyrenees vineyards.

Cabernet Franc from Argentina

Gaia Cabernet Franc 2020

The Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley is an exciting addition to our lineup, showcasing the diversity of reds grown in Argentina beyond Malbec. Moreover, the tasting notes are remarkable. This wine boasts black pepper, blackberry, vanilla, and bramble aromatics, followed by rich blackberry, currant, black pepper, and dark chocolate flavors with grippy tannins and a long finish.

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