It is a common misconception that all red wines are heavy on the stomach. But there are some that are light and fruity; not to mention refreshing when cooled and sipped in summers. After the pandemic is over, try something new in the summer and go for one of the below mentioned red wines. Remember to chill them before the summer starts.
FEL Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2018
This is a full-bodied wine that feels light and fresh when you are sipping it cold in summer. It is full of blackberry flavor with hints of cloves and cinnamon. You should check if you can detect the notes of dark chocolate, cola, black tea and anise in it. This wine pairs perfectly with burgers and barbeques so camp out in the backyard and bring out a cooler filled with this wine and make it a picnic. It can be best enjoyed after chilling it for an hour.
Rock Wall Wine Company, Maggie’s Vineyard Zinfandel Reserve, 2018
The aroma of this wine suggests fruity notes with tones of vanilla and clove. With a delectable palette, it has an elegant finish because of the flavors of red cherry, black cherry, raspberry, bay leaf and honey. Some say that if you pay a little more attention then you can taste a peppery aftertaste. Although Zindafels have the tendency to be heavy, this one feels light and with a lot of layers that you can taste with each sip.
Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017
Lydenhurst has a lot of textures to offer and silken tannins in the wine are so appealing they will refresh you in the summer after a long day. If you are planning a relaxing weekend or a pool party, this is the wine that you should indulge in. The taste of blackberry and strawberries combined with a little acidity makes the wine so fine that you will not be able to put it down.
Flora Springs Trilogy Merlot, Napa Valley, 2017
This Merlot is heaven in a glass with its refreshingly sweet flavors of blackberry, plum, tobacco leaf, and red currants. The drink feels soft to the tongue and gives a hint of toasted oak as an aftertaste. The best pairing of this wine is a rib eye and the aroma of vanilla in the wine really sets the mood. This wine ages well so don’t worry if you buy too many bottles because it is going to be even better next year.
The Setting Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, 2017
Most of the Cabernet should not be chilled but there are some excellent ones that have lower alcohol content and are meant to be drunk young. The Setting Cabernet is definitely one of them as it can be drunk after chilling for 45 minutes or it can also work as a base for a nice sangria. There is a romantic tasting room in The Setting Inn in Napa Valley that is the best place to enjoy and buy this wine. This wine has several layers of fruits and spices. There is also a hint of mocha, tobacco and blueberry.
These wines taste much lighter and cheerful if you chill them compared to their room temperature taste. If you don’t believe us, drink both of them and see for yourself!