Five years ago, a harrowing blizzard hit the Wine Enthusiast offices, and rather than following our regularly scheduled editorial calendar, we instead spent the afternoon rounding up bottles to create one of our favorite lists to date: 10 Big, Heavy Reds to Drink While You Hide Under a Blanket.
Well, here in the northeastern U.S., the weather is freezing again, salt is back on the pavement and we find ourselves again preparing by trying to find the biggest, boldest, heaviest, warming red wines to drink under a blanket over the coming days.
Recommended Red Wines to Stay Warm
Andis 2019 Cabernet Franc (Sierra Foothills); $40. Tempting, spicy aromas of tobacco, graphite, black olive and cedar give way to potent flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate in this unabashedly rich and layered wine…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Arrowood 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley); $45. This wine has strong layers of structure and tannin, bold swathes within an otherwise elegant, restrained style of graceful complexity…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Banfi 2017 Vigna Marrucheto (Brunello di Montalcino); $130. Aromas of fragrant blue flowers, baked plum and mocha shape the nose. Bold and brawny, the full-bodied palate offers prune, dried cherry, licorice…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Belle Glos 2020 Las Alturas Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands); $55. This is an extremely ripe and bold style of Pinot Noir, showing kirsch, cola, root beer and anise on the nose. The powerful extraction extends to the sip as well…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Château du Trignon 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu; $22. Crushed granite and tar meld with rose petals and blackberry preserves in this spicy, smoky blend of Grenache and Syrah. While full bodied and ample…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Château Guillou 2019 Montagne-Saint-Émilion; $26. This Merlot-dominated wine is powerfully structured, with bold black fruits and juicy acidity…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Maal 2017 Bestial Malbec (Mendoza); $60. Superripe aromas of blackberry, cassis and prune define a rich, ripe and slightly jammy nose. This full-bodied Malbec has just enough acidity…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Michele Chiarlo 2018 Le Orme (Barbera d’Asti); $17. Fragrant aromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, underbrush and spice lead the nose. The succulent palate offers Marasca cherry, raspberry jam and baking spice…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Peter William 2018 PWV Extravagance Reserve Red (Rogue Valley); $39. This is a 50-50 blend of Tempranillo and Syrah from the estate vineyard. Showcasing what are arguably the top two red grapes from the Rogue, this does not shy away from new oak…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Simonsig 2018 Redhill Pinotage (Stellenbosch); $38. Lovely oak spice, licorice, rooibos, black currant leaf, boysenberry and blackberry preserves all form the nose of this deep, layered wine…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW