Top 5 Red Wines for Spring

Light and fruity options to welcome warmer weather


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Gossamer Softness

It’s tough to find a delicate red that is worth recommending for spring, the temptation is to hold on to those wines until summer arrives, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Beaujolais Village or Cru Beaujolais are both ideal candidates to pass the gossamer texture test. These wines embody all that can be great about Beaujolais: deep fruit, real complexity and bright yet firm textures without the weight and richness of most comparable wines.

Of course you don’t have to go to Beaujolais to find good Gamay, there are a few fine examples right here in the U.S., but they do tend to be a little harder to track down, even if they deliver that same gossamer experience we’re looking for.

Two to try:

Chateau des ours BrouillyA very typical Beaujolais with fine berry fruit, accented with earth and spice notes in the plump style of Brouilly.  

Edmunds St. John Bone JollyJoy in a bottle with a silky texture and real purity to the plum, red berry fruit.

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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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