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At WineExpress.com, browse an exhaustive selection of red wine. Our team of experts has carefully handpicked each bottle, and we’re confident that there’s something to suit every palate and budget.
Consider yourself a Cabernet buff? We’ve got plenty for you to choose from, whether that’s a Napa Cab, a Super Tuscan or an aged Bordeaux. If Merlot is more your thing, we’ve got some of California’s very best. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, but we’ve made it incredibly easy to buy online: Browse the top Grand Cru Burgundy bottles with ease alongside some top Californian examples. If you’re a sucker for Sangiovese, we’ve got a serious range of Brunello di Montalcino for you to choose from.
Shall we go on? We’ve got old-vine Zinfandel, silky Argentinean Malbec, fine French Syrah and the mighty Nebbiolo, among others. Of course, if you can’t settle on a single varietal, check out one of our red blends.
It’s no accident that Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s foremost wine grape. Best known for the fine red wines of Bordeaux and California, it’s cultivated throughout the world. Cabernet Sauvignon makes powerful, structured red wines, ranging from inexpensive examples to the top classified growths of Bordeaux and cult wines of California, commanding hundreds – or thousands – of dollars a bottle. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get quality Cabernet, and our selection has everything you’ll need.
Can’t decide between a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot? You don’t have to! For those times when you really can’t make your mind up on one varietal or another, you can compromise with a red blend! A red blend is simply a wine produced from two or more different grape varieties, and you’ll find examples from virtually everywhere in the world. The classic example is probably Bordeaux, where they blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Pinot Noir is the delicate and difficult grape behind all red Burgundy, including the painfully rare and expensive Grand Cru wines of the Côte de Nuits. Pinot Noir is an exceptionally tricky grape to cultivate, but it is capable of truly wonderful things. Its wines tend to be light in body with red fruit flavors, and the best examples can age for years and years, developing all sorts of nuanced characteristics. Outside of its native Burgundy, you’ll find quality Pinot Noir from Oregon, California and New Zealand, among others.
It’s Italy’s leading grape variety, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the labels. As is traditional in the old world, most of these wines are labelled according to the region in which they are produced rather than the grape variety. Sangiovese is the sole ingredient in Brunello di Montalcino and is the key blending component for Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many of the legendary Super Tuscans. Outside of Italy, you’ll find some Sangiovese in California, Chile and South Africa.
A California classic, Zinfandel produces dark, inky wines with a lot of acidity. Old vines are common in California, and they give rise to low yields of highly-concentrated Zinfandel. Most Zinfandel has moderate to high alcohol, so don’t be surprised to find a bottle in excess of 15% ABV. Though California is its stronghold, Zinfandel is grown in other parts of the world under a couple of different names. In the Italian region of Puglia, Zinfandel is known as Primitivo, while in Croatia it’s known as Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski.
Syrah (or Shiraz) is an internationally renowned grape variety capable of making exceptional wines as a single varietal or part of a blend. In France, it is the key variety in the northern Rhône Valley, where it is responsible for world-class reds like Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. In the southern Rhône, Syrah is a blending component in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its neighbors. Australian Shiraz is a powerful, fruit-forward style that is all its own. Quality Syrah is also produced in the USA, Chile and Switzerland.
Nebbiolo is the sole ingredient in the legendary wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, in Italy’s Piedmont region. Its wines are structured, aromatic, highly tannic and capable of exceptional long ageing. The grape ripens very late and can be particularly tricky to cultivate. Few would argue that Nebbiolo reaches its zenith in the tar-and-roses style of Barolo and Barbaresco, though that hasn’t stopped other regions from trying. Plantings of Nebbiolo can be found in parts of the USA, Mexico, Argentina and Australia.
Grenache is a versatile grape best known in France and Spain. In France, Grenache is a key blending component in the southern Rhône Valley. Here, it adds alcohol content as well as red fruit and spicy flavors to wines like Côtes-du-Rhône, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Further south in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Grenache is a popular ingredient in many blends. In Spain, the grape is known as Garnacha and is particularly important in the fine wines of Priorat. So-called GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre) blends are popular in Australia.
Traditionally associated with the southwest of France, notably in Bordeaux and Cahors, Malbec has found a new lease of life and home-from-home in Argentina. While French Malbec can be somewhat rustic, the Argentinian style is more fruit-forward and supple, with ripe fruit flavors and a velvety texture. Beyond Argentina, quality Malbec wines are produced in Chile, New Zealand and Australia, among others.
Merlot is grown throughout the world, with notably high-quality examples coming from Bordeaux and California. In Bordeaux, Merlot is king in the right bank regions of Saint Emilion and Pomerol, where it is blended to produce some of the world’s most luscious red wines. In California, Merlot is popular as a single varietal in the Napa Valley and elsewhere. Sometimes earthy, sometimes smoky, Merlot complements all types of foods, proving there will always be a place for high-quality Merlot in restaurants and homes alike.