10 Best Red Wines to Drink (2023)

Jonas Muthoni

There are several classic grapes to pick from when it comes to red wine, including cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. The style of each traditional red, on the other hand, differs widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Which red wines are people most excited to try in 2023? People appear to be flocking to sparkling wines for consolation after two years of the world being turned upside down. Still, they are also venturing into lesser-known winemakers. People like the elegance in the winemaking and the unwavering excellence that has been passed down through generations.

10 Best Red Wines

1. Louis Latour Château 1988, Corton Grand Cru

  • Region: Corton Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France.
  • ABV (alcohol by volume): 13.5%
  • Food Pairing: Wild boar – roasted beef – roasted quail – duck “à l’orange” – mature cheeses.
  • Price: around $140
  • Louis Latour is one of the most well-known names in Burgundy, and one of its most distinctive wines is this Château Corton Grand Cru — a blend of five Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru areas: Bressandes, Perrières, Grèves, Clos du Roi, and Chaumes, the proportions of which vary depending on the vintage.
  • The tannic taste results in mellow wine. The appearance is crimson red, and the bouquet is evocative of luscious red fruits and spicy notes, particularly towards the end. This pinot noir is a textural masterwork with delicious acidity and earthy and oaky smoothness.

 2. Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 1998  

  • Region: Bourgogne, Burgundy, France.
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Food Pairing: Chicken and Turkey.
  • Price:
  • The Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir ‘Les Pierres Rouges’ is crafted from 100% pinot noir grapes that have been matured to perfection to produce this full-bodied red with a nose rich in red fruit and aromatic violets.
  • The palate is a well-balanced blend of cherries, raspberries, and earthy figs, with a little tannic structure and a refreshing, dry finish. Jadot’s various long-term ties with wine farmers ensure that the highest-quality fruit is acquired from vineyards around the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise each year. For nine months, this wine was matured in French oak to generate deliciously soft tannins.

 3. Domaine Laurent Mouton givry premier cru 2018

    • Region: Givry Clos Ju, Burgundy, France.
    • ABV: 14%
    • Food Pairing: Duck, Goose, and Gamebirds.
    • Price: around $35
    • The first Mouton wine we try is Domaine Mouton’s aptly called ‘Clos Jus’ (‘jus means ‘juice’). Always ripe and juicy and ready to drink quite soon. Minerality from the distinct soil composition of the vineyard is a charm. Dark fruit, earthy aromas, and a delicate structure rounded out to perfection.

 4. Quintarelli Giuseppe Veneto Alzero Cabernet 1993

    • Region: Veneto, Italy
    • ABV: 14.5%
    • Food Pairing: Beef and venison.
    • Price: around $400
    • Giuseppe Quintarelli’s Veneto Alzero was produced in vineyards in the town of Negrar, in the beautiful land of Valpolicella. It mix 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot grapes.
    • Its bright red hue distinguishes it. The scent is potent at first, with lovely earthy textures and chocolate flavors. It has a strong, delightfully structured tongue and a fruity plum, blueberry, cherry, and blackcurrant finish.

5. 2016 Masseto Toscana IGT

    • Region: Veneto, Italy
    • ABV: 14.5%
    • Food Pairing: Beef and venison
    • Price: around $1900
    • The 2016 Masseto is a whirlwind of emotions. It is an encore performance, sustaining the streak of victories that has propelled Italy to the leading edge of the wine world.
    • The first thing you’ll notice is the thickness and concentration of the fruit, which has an immediate influence on all senses in terms of sight, aroma, and texture.
    • The overwhelming strength and complexity of this classic vintage of Italy’s revolutionary Merlot cannot be overstated. As the wine opens in the glass, deeper layers emerge that were not immediately visible on the nose: dark fruit, spice, sweet tobacco, and black cherry.

6. Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

    • Region: Napa Valley, Napa County, North Coast, California, United States.
    • ABV: 14%
    • Food Pairing: Beef and venison.
    • Price: around $1500.
    • With the assistance of Heidi Barrett and Gustav Dalla Valle, this operation’s debut vintage is one of the best young Cabernets. The deep purple color of the wine is followed by a superb bouquet of jammy blackcurrants and delicate toasty wood.
    • The wine’s aromatics are magnificent, but the palate reveals even more richness and intensity, with layers of wonderfully proportioned, ripe, intense fruit, entire body, great purity, and an inner-core of sweet, creamy, finely extracted blackcurrant/cassis fruit. The vast extract and richness almost entirely hide the tannin.

 7. Felton Road Pinot Noir Calvert 2011

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    • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand.
    • ABV: 14%
    • Food Pairings: Duck, Goose, and Game Birds.
    • Price: around $69.
    • With its relaxed, wine-growing regions, New Zealand is home to some of the world’s best pinot noirs. Breath-taking, deep, dark-fruited, fresh, and lively wines are being made in places like Central Otago.
    • On the nose, it’s tight and precise, with black fruit notes, wood spice, and traces of leather. On the palate, this is pure Calvert, a tight core of pure fruit that rests in the center of the tongue, straightforward yet nearly searing with concentration and purity. A single-minded elegance drives the wine. It is sophisticated and long-lasting but approachable.

 8. Penfolds 2018 Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

  • Region: South Australia, Australia
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Food Pairings: Beef, Lamb, Poultry
  • Price: around $69.
  • Rich and filling. This marque required a custom-fitted generous mid-palate.
  • Pastrami dominates the flavors of a charcuterie platter. Pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, and licorice straps compete for flavor and texture. Softened and smooth tannins balance this wine’s young flavor from start to end. In addition, fresh oak was used sparingly.

9. Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2017

    • Region: Mendoza, Argentina
    • ABV: 14.5%
    • Food Pairings: Beef and Venison
    • Price: around $38.
    • Quimera is a combination of grapes from several terroirs in Mendoza, 50% Malbec, 22% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Cabernet Franc.
    • Deep purple with a gleaming sheen is a rich red lent structure by oak, with aromas of sage and black and red fruit. It’s robust and juicy with the taste of Cherry compote, Salty dark chocolate, Cedar spice, and perfectly sharpened tannins, and a refreshing mouthfeel, and it’s appropriately slack. A distinctive but enjoyable Mediterranean-style wine.

10. Vega Sicilia Único 1970

    • Region: Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain.
    • ABV: 13%
    • Food Pairings: Beef and Venison.
    • Price: around $900.
    • Atejados accent the deep crimson color. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinto Fino. The aroma is powerful and complex, with a wide range of shades, including black fruit, jams, coffee, and well ensembles with fine wood and soft notes.
    • It provides a pleasant sensation with a high level of complexity, is forceful yet delicate, meaty, and graceful. An excellent structure that works well with the Madera fruit load. The texture is velvety and long-lasting. It’s 70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Malbec.

Whether you’re planning a romantic date or hosting a Christmas party we are sure you will find the perfect red wine for every occasion. However, if you are partial to white wines we have a selection of the best white wines that you must try.

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