Top 5 Red Wines for Spring

Light and fruity options to welcome warmer weather


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First Flower

I’m told we generally think of white wines when we think of flowers, but our assumptions aren't necessarily true. Violets and Syrah, roses and Nebbiolo, these are pretty classic descriptors.

I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to recommend Nebbiolo. No need for large-scaled Barolos and Barbaresco now that we’re rolling into warmer months, just check out some of the top Langhe Nebbiolos. These are wines that deliver the penetrating fragrance of Nebbiolo, strawberries, raspberries and rose petal in a lighter, fresher style. They are zesty wines for a zesty season!

Two to try:

Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo - A classic wine from one the best producesr, year in and year out.

G D Vajra Barolo Albe - So I cheated, but this Barolo is so affordable it competes with some Langhe Nebbiolo. From high altitude vineyards, it’s a lighter-bodied, more floral style of Barolo.

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  • Snooth User: Stevern86
    909211 36

    Greg, I have 3 light reds for you to try if you can get your hands on them. The first is Lone Madrone Mezcla Roja, Sculpterra Grenache (70 cases or so made), and Wild Horse Blaufrankish. All are from Paso Robles and some might be available at the winery only. What the heck, it's a great excuse to go to a great wine region in Ca.

    Mar 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM

  • "Or as the sages oft did say,
    'Spring's here - break out the Beaujolais!"

    <a href="">The Sediment Blog</a>

    Mar 29, 2012 at 5:38 AM

  • Snooth User: J Bruce
    1029146 3

    Fresh Market stores have a private label Cab that comes from Walla Walla Wash.that is very light bodied and a wonderful flavor. They have very tight quality controls. I am enjoying an 07 right now. AND it is less than 10 bucks a bottle! I just bought a case. I am trying their Merlot next.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

  • Snooth User: Adehagen
    229648 1

    2009 Trapiche “Finca Suarez Lastra”, Uco Valley, Mendoza
    Cuma Torrontes 2011, El Esteco.
    Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, El Esteco.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:38 AM

  • Snooth User: catboots
    1122776 41

    Some of my favorite reds are--1-Campus Oaks Zinfandel Lodi 2010
    2-The new Epica Cabernet Sauvignon- 2011
    3-Nero D' Avola Italian Red- From Trader Joe's Market
    4-Concannon-Petite Sirah 2010

    Jul 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  • nice

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:00 AM

  • nice

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

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