What are the best brands of red wine? Where do you start? You can put together a list based on a variety of criteria. For example, best brands based on value (red wine is a recognized investment commodity), best brands based on recent International Wine Show awards, or best brands based on personal consumption experience.
Let us consider all three:
Actively traded red wine at global auctions
1982 Lafite-Rothschild, average value US$3,874. Produced at Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the Medoc region northwest of Bordeaux, currently owned by the French branch of the affluent Rothschild banking family.
1982 Petrus, average value US$3625. Petrus is produced at Bordeaux wine estate located in the Pomerol appellation near its eastern border to Saint-Emilion. The 1989 and 1990 vintages also average over US$3,000.
The International Wine Challenge 2010
Best Red Wine Overall
Brunello Di Montaicino Riserva 2004. Produced by Castello Romitorio Sri, from Tuscany, Italy. Grape varietal: Sangiovese. Described as “Deep, intense and slightly brooding on the nose. Leather, hints of tobacco and violets. Red fruits dominate on the palate”.
Best Value Red Wine
Waitrose Reserve Shiraz 2008. Produced by St.Hallett Wines from Barossa Valley, Australia. Made with Shiraz, with some Merlot and other grapes. Described as “Violet hue. Restrained quality fruit – cinnamon spicy nose. Spicy, rich good fruity taste. Good length”.
The Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2010
The Best Red Wine Gold Medal Award
Printhie Mountain Range Shiraz 2007. Produced by Printhie Wines from Orange, NSW, Australia. Comment: “Bright red fruits dominate with background spice, cedary oak, floral and citrus. Mid-palate richness is building with time. Tannins are long, fine and soft”.
The Silver Medalist and Best Cabernet Sauvignon Award
Alto Palena Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Produced by Vina Valdivieso, Mitjans, Chile. Comment: “Medium to full bodied with a fine structure that supports black and red fruit flavors, with typical notes of olive, chili and herbs that add complexity”.
The Best Old World Wine Award
Picconero 2006. Produced by Tolaini Estate, Tuscany, Italy. Grape varietal Merlot 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% and Petit Verdot 5%. Comment: “Rich, concentrated and muscular, yet balanced with big tannins and deep tiers of cherry, plums and wild berries, and nuances of spice, vanilla and licorice”.
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. Produced by Wolf Blass Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia, from fruit sourced from premium grape growing regions in south eastern Australia. It is a rich, deep wine. The nose shows fresh, varietal, leafy characteristics with subtle and integrated oak flavors. There are aromas of plums and berries. A perfect pairing for steak or roast beef.
The quality and depth of red wine produced by wine producing regions all over the world is exceptional, so a list such as this is very subjective. The next person could produce a list of entirely different wines – and who could really argue for one over the other?