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6 Bottles of Red to Kick Off Spring


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6 Bottles of Red to Kick Off Spring

March is one of the most frustrating months of the year. In our minds, spring has arrived, though more likely than not, the temperatures still feel like winter. We’re sick of hibernating indoors and sipping fuller-bodied reds, craving the long ago days of summer sun and lighter-bodied vinos. However, March doesn’t have to be so bad. Rather than pre-emptively jumping into fizzy sparklers and high-acid whites, we’re gearing up to enjoy the happy medium between the two of light to medium-bodied reds. These bottles are perfect for the transition between the two seasons; they don’t assault our palates like their fuller-bodied counterparts, yet still pack a more warming punch than our usual summer favorites. Check out these six bottles for your perfect bottle of transitional March weather red.

Heinrich Red 2015

6 Bottles of Red to Kick Off Spring Heinrich Red

This certified biodynamic winery’s vines, located in Neusiedlersee, Austria, experience climate- moderating effects from Lake Neusiedl and are planted in alluvial soils, perfect for growing red varietals. Their 2015 Red blend is composed of 50% Zweigelt, 40% Blaufrankisch, and 10% St. Laurent, bursting with a palate of sour cherry and light spice. It’s perfect for those in-between “spring” days. Average Price: $15

Manenti Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015

Six Bottles of Red to Kick Off SpringWhile many of Sicily’s reds are known for their big, boisterous flavor profiles, Manenti’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is the exact opposite. This Nero d’Avola/Frappato blend, produced by husband-and- wife team Marita and Guglielmo, presents a soft palate of strawberry and cherry, with an ideally- balanced acidity. Average Price: $26

Olga Raffault Chinon “Les Picasses” 2012

Six Bottles of Red to Kick Off SpringWhen it comes to Cabernet Franc, the Loire Valley is king; and when it comes to the Loire Valley, Olga Raffault is queen. Her organic and sustainable wine practices have led to renowned cuvées that are consistently exceptional. “Les Picasses” is a gorgeous balance of rusticity and modernity, with earthy, red fruit flavors highlighted with peppery notes. For Cab Franc lovers, this wine is a must. Average Price: $29

Markham Merlot 2014

Six Bottles of Red to Kick Off SpringWhen it comes to smooth, medium-bodied wines, Merlot is the way to go. Markham Merlot, with its jammy black cherry flavors accented with dark chocolate notes and supple tannins, is almost too easy to drink. #MerlotMarch, anyone? Average Price: $20

San Felice Chianti Classico 2014

Six Bottles of Red to Kick Off SpringThis traditional Chianti Classico is one of our favorite spring into spring wines. Produced with a blend of Sangiovese, Colorino, and Pugnitello, the wine presents flavors of sappy red fruit with a perfectly balanced acidity. Well-integrated oak aging provides a soft, succulent finish. A perfect go-to wine for any occasion. Average Price: $15

Bodega Garzon Tannat 2014

Six Bottles of Red to Kick Off SpringFor red drinkers who love a silky, New World Cabernet, this Tannat is an absolute must-try. This native French grape is stirring up a lot of noise on the Uruguayan wine scene, and we can’t get enough. While the grape generally produces very full-bodied, tannic wines, Bodega Garzon’s example is impeccably smooth, with a luscious, velvety finish. Average Price: $17

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