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Looking for the best Christmas wines to go with your Christmas dinner? See our favorites.
Here are the 8 red wines for your Christmas celebration.
2014 ‘Fox Hunt’ Australian Red is Cabernet Shiraz with bright & lively crimson hue. The aromas of boysenberry, blueberry jam, and cassis with clove & pepper add excellent complexity to the wine. The palate is full and rich with ripe dark berry fruit well integrated with superb silky tannins. Cocoa and mocha oak flavors complement the berry fruit on the palate.
2016 Iris Pinot Noir looks rich with deep dark red color with brown hues. The nose shows notes of elephant heart plum, black cherry, toasted oak and hints of violet. On the front palate, flavors of slow-cooked dark stone fruit jam with a bold kick of toasted oak. On the mid-palate, mild hints of vanilla open up to the stewed plum & cherry. Finally, the sip finishes with the slight sweet undertones and low acid smoothness. This long finish completes with the flavors of plum jam, vanilla, toasted oak, and a hint of caramelized sugar. It’s a true Sonoma Coast pinot noir.
2018 Armenia Red Dry comes from Vayots Dzor and Aragatsotn regions. It is a juicy and flavorful wine with garnet hue in its color. The nose lets out the notes of red berries and plum. The mouth is delicate with well-balanced flavors. It's an all meal wine with a special recommendation for meats, chicken and cheese.
2016 Cabernet-Merlot by Claar Cellars has a color of Marionberry Jam. On the nose, cherry and plum aromas are supported by a core of milled cedar. A fragile aroma of thyme and undernotes of cocoa gives complexity and depth to the nose. The palate has vibrant flavors with gripping tannins and bright acidity and it finishes like a chocolate-covered cherry.
2014 Old Town Outlaws is sourced from the prestigious southeastern highlands of Washington state. Old Town Cellars blended this wine with a classic left bank Bordeaux in mind. It’s a mix of new world fruit and old-world influence. It has a lower volume of alcohol and notes of red fruit, cedar, and compote. Black fruit flavors and medium tannins round out the finish for an exceptionally balanced wine.
2016 Petite Sirah has deep plum to inky purple color. The nose of this wine expresses blueberry and huckleberry fruit notes. On the palate, it has a rick French oak barrel profile integrated into the mid-palate. The wine also expresses cassis spice and sappy vanilla flavors. It’s a well-structured and full-bodied wine with elegant tannins allowing the flavors and character of the variety to shine through. The finish is rich with notes of dark chocolate, blackberry, and creamy Tahitian vanillan.
Barefoot Rich Red Blend is a full-bodied wine featuring a medley of blackberry jam and rich black fruits. With blackberry and vanilla flavors, this wine features a smooth and lingering finish.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills shows extremely high-quality fruit from seven different clones and nine different fermenter lots. It has 14.8% alcohol by volume and 68 total acids.