Red Wine is the a type of wine made from darker-colored grapes. The juice from these grapes are usually a greenish-white with the pigment coming from the skin of the grape. The colors usually range from deep intense violets to brick red for mature wines to brown colors for older red wines. There are a number red wines that are available and each are unique in flavor and in their characteristics. Let’s take a look at some of the more common wines that are indulged.
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered to be one of the most important varieties due to it being relatively easy to grow. As long as the climate is warm, wine can be made from this variety. The most common countries that this grape is harvested is Bordeaux in France, Italy, Spain, California, Austrlia, Chile, South Africa as well as many other countries.
Taste: Cabernet Sauvignons are medium to full bodied in taste. Cabernet Sauvignons are high in tannin which is a similar taste as an “astringent”. It is the same taste as a cup of tea. Because of the strong taste, the grapes that are usually used for Cabernet Sauvignons are also combined with other grapes to mild the taste. Most often the Cabernet Sauvignons are usually blended with the grapes used to make merlot which offers a nice fruity flavor to the wine.
Merlot comes from the dark blue-colored wine grape variety and is used mainly as a blending grape or for varietal wines. The grape’s fleshiness and softness combined with the earlier ripening adds to why the Merlot grape is a popular grape for blending. Merlot is one of the more popular red wine varietals which leads to it being one of the more planted grape varieties. Merlot has a strong dark color, full bodied, and has a high alcohol content.
Taste: Merlot has a much fruitier flavor than a a Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor is very remniscent of black current.
Pinot noir is lighter in color than a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. It also has less tannins than a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot which makes the Pinot Noir similar to summer fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are normally grown in cooler climates such as the Burgundy region of France, various areas of California, the Walker Bay region of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand to name a few.
Taste: The taste is similar to summer fruit due to it’s low level of tannins.
Malbec is a purple grape originally used in blending wines. The grapes usually have an inky dark color and robust tannins. These grapes are used mainly in the mix of Bordeaux wines. The Malbec grape creates a an inky red or violet color. The grape is commonly used in blend wines.
Taste: Malbec tends to a deeper fruitier flavor of blackberries and blueberries.