Top Red Wine

My red wine reviews include wines with high ratings for their superb quality and taste, and their prices often reflect this as they tend to be more expensive. These red wines have scores of 90 points or higher out of 100 and are often the wines that have the greatest aging ability and are therefore wines for your cellar.

They are also often the top ranked wines on many lists, especially in fine restaurants, with ratings that reflect their craftsmanship. You'll also find my red wine reviews of those that are less expensive, but still represent great value. This is just a small set of my wine reviews: when you join my wine community, you can access all of my reviews.

Fine red wines, often more than $50, require decanting for two reasons: to siphon off sediment that may have formed in the wine over time. If left in the wine, it can make it cloudy and gritty, and the sediment itself often tastes bitter. The sediment comes from wine particulate such as tiny bits of the skins settling to the bottle of the bottle as the wine ages, so the older the wine, the more likely a decanting is necessary.

Red wines are also decanted to add oxygen to the wine to open it up and giving the wine more aroma and flavour. Some prefer to use their glass to do this and let the wine unfold slowly with each pour and swirl. However, those who want more powerful and flavourful wine from the first glass will go with a slow decanting so that the wine streams along the side of the decanter and splays out getting more exposure to the air.

Macrostie Pinot Noir 2007
Carneros, California, United States
Lovely with bright cherry aromas on the nose, then a sunshine-filled palate of fresh field berries and mouth-watering juiciness. Silky with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Alcohol: 14.2%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Price: $24.95 Score: 90/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed June 9, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Domaine De Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, M. Chapoutier 2006
A.C. Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Garrigue is the fragrance of lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme and lemon verbena—the scent that pervades the air of the Midi and Provence and is sometimes expressed in the aromas and flavors of its better wines. My note: Michel Chapoutier is more famous for his Rhone wines but this one from southern France is terrific. Beautifully concentrated with extracted black cherry liqueur aromas followed by smoke and anise that make this a tasty number. Love the Braille label. Food pairings: steak and kidney pie, cassoulet, lamb chops. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $19.95 Score: 90/100

This wine was reviewed February 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005
V.Q.A. Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
Classic Bordeaux lines with New World energy and fruit. Lovely dark rich fruit with pepper and dark spice. Full-bodied, generous and supple with a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon Blend food pairings: chateaubriand, braised lamb shanks, sausages. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $42.95 Score: 90/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon Blend was reviewed February 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Domaine Des Graves Merlot Blend 2005
A.C. Cuvee Prestige, France
A blend of 85% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 12 months in oak cask. Terrific balance and length. Black plums and mocha fill the glass. Smooth, full-bodied and full of texture. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2008‐2012  Price: $24.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot Blend was reviewed October 25, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

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Bouchard Père & Fils 2007
A.C., Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France
Silky, mouth-watering deliciously with fleshy ripe cherries. Medium-bodied and smooth with a long finish. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $44.95 Score: 90/100

This wine was reviewed November 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Aging red wines is also often reserved for the top tier and most expensive reds, such as the best Bordeaux, Burgundy, Amarone, Barolo, Tuscany, or Napa Valley Cabernet. These can often age 8-20 years. A good rule of thumb is to not let a red wine pass its thirtieth birthday unless it is a fortified wine like Port or Madeira.

Most of the red wines in the world grow between the latitudes of  30° and 50° in both hemispheres, with ideal temperatures are 10º and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F).

What makes a great red wine? It is a combination of great soil, climate, topography, and winemaker. Why are some red wines so much more expensive than others and are they worth it? Think about wine like art. You collect them for their history, for the effort in creating them, for the sheer beauty of them. There are great red wines for incredible prices, just like there are talented unknown artists. Value is in the eye and taste buds of the beholder. Researched by Lesley Quinn