The start of the new year provides a renewed reason to think about what wine you should be drinking. Even if you are doing Dry January or spending the month cleansing, there’s another 11 months left to plan. Fortunately, there is plenty of red wine to choose from, hailing from all of the best regions of the world—California, Italy, France, Spain, and South America. Different varietals bring unique flavors and textures to the table, and there is a good wine choice for every palate. Red wine is especially coveted during these cold winter months, when it pairs particularly well with rich, hearty food like stew, meat, cheese, and roasted vegetables. Of course, there are lighter reds to drink throughout the summer as well, all the more reason to stock up now. Here are ten red wines that you should consider drinking this year.
Mayacamas 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mayacamas, which was founded in 1889, is located in the shadow of Napa’s Mount Veeder. This new 2015 vintage has a bit of acidity and minerality, along with notes of red berries, dried fig, and lavender. This Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with a variety of food, from fish to chicken to a simple pasta.
To buy: $125, wine.com
Le Dix de Los Vascos 2015
Los Vascos is located in the Colchagua Valley, which is sometimes referred to as the Napa Valley of Chile. The grapes for this wine were grown in the oldest planted vineyard called El Fraile (“the monk”). The blend is 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Carmenere, and 5 percent Syrah, resulting in a rich, fruity wine with notes of tobacco and black pepper.
To buy: $65, wine.com
Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac 2016
Chateau Duhart-Milon is part of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) family of estates. This wine (79 percent Merlot, 21 percent Cabernet Sauvignon) was made using traditional Bordeaux methods and aged for ten months in two-year-old barrels, resulting in notes of black currant, soft oak, and a bit of cedar. $60
2016 Robert Mondavi Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Robert Mondavi’s new 2016 vintage is made from grapes grown at the highly esteemed To Kalon Vineyard. This is a complex and sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of vanilla, ripe plum, and a bit of spiced almonds. The final blend spent about 20 months in barrels before being bottled in 2017. $175
Ruffino 2015 Alauda IGT Toscana
Italian wine producer Ruffino says that Alauda is produced only in exceptional years, and the 2015 was exemplary. It’s a blend of 40 percent Cabernet Franc, 35 percent Merlot, and 25 percent Colorino from the Montemasso and Poggio Casciano estates. The flavor is a soft blend of ripe stone fruit, rich chocolate, and a bit of strawberry notes. $100
Terrazas de los Andes Las Compuertas Single Vineyard Malbec 2015
Argentina is another excellent South American wine region, with this release from Terrazas de los Andes showing its versatility. This single vineyard release is elegant on the nose and assertive on the palate, with notes of ripe berries drizzled in balsamic vinegar throughout. Another single estate wine is available as well—Los Aromos, a Cabernet Sauvignon. $60
Heitz Cellar 2014 Linda Falls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
This organic California wine was first released in 2013. The Linda Falls Vineyard is located on Howell Mountain, which the winemakers at Heitz Cellar say results in a silky texture and firm tannin structure. Look for berry and chocolate notes with a bit of soft tannin.
To buy: $150, wine.com
2015 Sterling Vineyards Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine from Sterling Vineyards was designed with approachability in mind, according to the winemakers. Some of the lots selected for this release include Meigs Vineyard in Wooden Valley and Moore Ranch in Napa Valley. The palate is full of ripe fruit, sweet vanilla from 19 months of barrel aging, and a bit of sticky toffee and pepper to round it out.
To buy: $85, wine.com
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva
This Spanish wine from the Imperial winery is from Rioja, one of the best known regions in the country. It’s a rich wine that pairs well with everything from cheese to meat, bringing fruit, oak, and spice notes into play in a balanced mix of flavors. This wine has been a favorite for years, and continues to impress. $88
Château Monbousquet St.-Emilion 2015
This is another wine from Bordeaux, this time from Château Monbousquet. The blend consists mostly of Merlot with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well. The texture is velvety, the flavor bright and full of fruit with a bit of coffee bean and chocolate popping up throughout as well. $80