1) St. Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2009
Its color hue is of a ruby red with an appealing purple tone. The floral bouquets seem to be lifted from floral spice with fresh red fruits wafting to your nostrils mixing in with earlier picked blackberry.
Your palate will be awarded with a vibrant and layered taste wherein the fruitiness shows great restraint but still exudes elegance.
Expect this 2009, when cellared, to be drank well into the year 2029. Paired best with slow roasted lamb, venison or aged beef.
2) Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2016
It’s the best super Tuscan red wine. It’s one of the top vintages from Bolgheri wine producers. It is powerful and dense, deep and tightly wound.
It needs time to unwind in your palate, but it also reflects a careful balance between finesse and power. The taste plays through a wide fruit spectrum, together with a buffet of savory and sweet spices. The outlines of the wine’s structure is aptly framed by sturdy tannins and an elongated finish.
It’s a blend of 51 percent cabernet sauvignon, 27 percent merlot, 18 percent cabernet franc, and 4 percent petit verdot.
3) Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2014
It’s the best Argentinian red. It’s full of blackberry fruitiness and incredible spices. It is is fiercely concentrated with layers of cedar spices, salted dark chocolate and black cherry compote.
Then, there’s a richness that will coat over your palate that will build up to a minute long finish with rose petal and dried herb influences.
It’s a revered product of Santiago Achaval, one of the most influential Argentine winemakers, together with fellow wine creator Roberto Cipresso. They conceived this distinctive blend in 2014 which has the following elements: 50 percent malbec, 24 percent cabernet franc, 18 percent merlot and 8 percent cabernet sauvignon.
4) Vega Sicilia Unico 2009
This best Spanish red was aged for 6 years in oak before bottling, and remained inside the bottle for another 4 years before being put out for sale.
Indulgent ripe flavors fill your mouth, splashing to you images of red cherries and spiced plums.
Your palate will be delighted with this fresh but elegant red wine which delightfully confuses you with undertones of cigar box, deep forest underbrush, and squeezed blueberries. It definitely should be enjoyed on a special event.
This Spanish red is produced by the Chaves family and its winery is located in the Ribera Del Duero.
5) Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2017
It’s the best dry red. You will know a classic dry red wine when it has no residual sugar and it shows perfect balance among flavors, aromas, acid, alcohol and tannins.
Your palate will be tingled with dark and rich cherry fruitiness, olive tapenade and creme de cassis that mix in with wild sagebrush and tasty baking spices. There is also an underscore of espresso bean, crushed stone mineral and spice notes.
It’s a complex but fascinating dry red wine created by winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus of Chappellet, which is a winery located on Pritchard Hill.