Best Red Blend Wines for 2022

The super Tuscan. This Port is richly expressive. This is a must-have and unnerving Champagne. These wines are all you love and they are among the most popular.

There is a technique and art that ties these styles together. It’s called blending. This is where red wine producers have the chance to showcase their skills. Blending grape varieties is both an art and science. However, centuries of experimentation have produced some great blends like syrah and grenache, and merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The science lies in comparing grape varieties to determine how they work together based on the aromas and flavors that are influenced by local climate and terroir. The art of blending is knowing when to push the boundaries and create a wine greater than the sum of its parts.

Without a lot trial and error, winemakers wouldn’t be able to get this far in the blending process. It might surprise you to find that the majority of blending techniques are based on structural components rather than flavorful ones. Megan Baccitich is the winemaker for Judy Jordan’s new Geodesy Wine venture. Megan worked for Paul Hobbs for many years before joining Geodesy.

Good news! The good news is that all the hard work has been done, even choosing the right red blend. This list contains a variety of wines that are suitable for red blend drinkers. It is free to try and it is completely error-free.

Best Overall: Lavau Rasteau 2017

Laveau’s France’s Rhone valley bottle is in its best form. It features a delicious marriage of grenache, syrah and other local favorites. Chateauneuf du-Pape producers have made Rasteau a sought-after area for winemaking. They are trying to replicate the Rhone blend, which is adored by all over the globe. Stephane Derenoncourt is a legendary wine consultant who has helped advise vineyards all over the world, from California to France to the Middle East. The 2017 Rasteau is rich and velvety with a hint of aroma. It’s also a remarkable value wine. There is so much to love about this wine.

Best Under $20: Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2017

The Perrin family is located in France’s Southern Rhone Valley. Its winemaking history dates back to five generations. This is only a decent longevity, even by French standards. Les Cornuds is a mixture of half grenache, half syrah. These are two varieties that thrive in this region. The 2017 vintage was blessed with a dry record, a small grape crop and intense, elegant flavors.

Best Value: Bodegas Muga Reserva 2016

This blend’s flagship grape is the Iberian favourite tempranillo. It makes up more than two-thirds of this cuvee. Bodegas Muga is a jewel on Spain’s north coast. The 2016 Reserve is a testament to that fact. This wine can be paired with special meats by being a natural pairing . It has a mix of red and dark fruits. This wine is a premium red, but Bodegas Muga has a large supply, so it’s an excellent value.

2017 Paraduxx Proprietary red: Best California

It’s hard to find a Napa Valley red wine that doesn’t include a significant amount of the cabernet sauvignon. Paraduxx’s Paraduxx red blend, which is part of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio. It is as Napa as you can get. Although it’s nearly half cabernet, it also contains petit Verdot and zinfandel. Overall, it’s fruity with creamy tannins.

Runner-up Best California 2014 Jonata Feenix Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California

Napa Valley is well-known for its wine, but California is a large state. This 2014 Fenix red blend, from Jonata, represents California’s Central Coast. Matt Dees, a winemaker, is a true wunderkind. He has specialized in soil science and tannin structure. This blend shows his skill: it is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet franc.

 

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