Recommended Organic Red Wine
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Organic Red Wine
These Recommendations are based on my Tasting Notes from the Trade Tastings held in the Fall of 2017.
This is part of the research required to organize the database to build the website for The Organic Directory.
Organic Red Wine by the Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most Popular Red Wine. It is widely planted. Mainly in warmer climates. It originates in the Bordeaux region of France. It was created, only 400 years ago by an agronomist experimenting with Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Today, it is the main grape in the World-Famous Bordeaux’s and the Napa Valley.
2015 Natura Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
Bright lively ruby color. Aromas of ripe, red and black berries with a touch of chocolate. Fresh and juicy palate has good structure and sweet, smooth tannins, persistent finish. I have been a Fan of this Winery for nearly 10 Years. It has never failed me in offering an Everyday Values.
Since the Movie Sideways came out in 2004. Pinot Noir emerged from the shadows to become the second most popular grape in the United States. Pinot Noir originated in the Burgundy region of France. For 500 Years it was the House Wine of the King’s of France. Pinot Noir thrives in cooler climates. In general, Pinot Noir is a light to medium bodied wine.
2015 Ritual Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley, Chile
93 Points James Suckling
A pinot noir with beautiful strawberry and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins and a precise ripe fruit and fresh character. Complex with light chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Show a little more ripeness than 2014. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grapes.
Merlot originates in the Bordeaux region of France. Where it is a major grape used in the Cabernet blends from the “Right-Bank”. And on its own on the “Left-Bank’s” Saint Emilion and Pomerol. When used on the “Right-Bank” it is meant to soften the Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. On its own its popularity is based on medium body and soft tannins. It thrives in milder climates.
2015 Bonterra Merlot
For our 2015 Merlot, the lots were fermented separately and underwent full malolactic fermentation before being combined to create the final blend. Additional complexity comes from the small additions of Petite Sirah and Malbec. The wine was aged for twelve months using a combination of French and American oak of which 45% was new.
The resulting wine has aromas of black currant, black cherries and a touch of wood smoke with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. In the mouth, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
Zinfandel is the Red wine and not to be confused with the Pink “White Zinfandel”. Its origins are traced to Either Italy or Croatia. Grown mainly in California, it thrives in warmer climates and normally produce fuller bodied wines.
2015 Paul Dolan Vineyards Mendocino County Zinfandel
91 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine Best Buy
Grown organically on hillsides above the Russian River, this is everything you’d hope to get in an inexpensive Mendocino zinfandel (or an expensive one, for that matter). It smells a bit jammy but turns out to be deliciously spicy and brambly, its lush blue fruit taking on a vibrant, floral-tinged length. It’s a ripe, sunny wine that’s hard not to love.
2013 Odfjell Orzada Organic Carignan
90 Points Wine Spectator
Lilting flavors of dark currant, cherry and dried blueberry make for a lively mix. Very pure, with engaging Asian spice notes. Mineral, slate and dark chocolate details fill the finish. Drink now through 2019.
Syrah originates in the Northern Rhone Valley and has spread around the world.It can be medium to full bodied and grows in both cool and warm climates. While not native to Australia, they have made it their own. They have the second most plantings after France. It is the key Grape in many of there best wines.
2016 Yalumba Organic Shiraz
While not reviews yet, this wine consistent score high usually 90 Points depending on Vintage. This wine offers clear raspberry flavors with a hint oak. A Personal Favorite.
Malbec actually originates in the Cahors region in Southwestern France. Since many of the Organic Vineyards do not export much to the United States. This will require more research to find those little gems.
Malbec originates in South West France where it is mainly grown in Bordeaux and the Cahors region. Where it is known for producing a juice dark wine. It is mainly used in for blending with other grapes in these regions. Now across the Atlantic in Argentina it has thrived as its own varietal wine. It is also used in blends as well.
2015 Altos Las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The juicy and unoaked 2015 Malbec Clásico represents the variety in the Mendoza province, with bright red fruit, approachable and easy to understand through sourcing grapes from different zones, but looking for cooler soils rich in sand and with some clay and lime. 2015 represents a big change for this bottling, which has a higher percentage of grapes from the Valle de Uco. The destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and the wine was kept in concrete vats for one year before bottling. The fruit is ripe, fruit-driven, with a juicy palate, with fine tannins and subdued minerality. The wine is subtle and balanced, easy to drink. An improvement over past vintages. This has to be one of the best values in Mendoza. There are eight different lots, totaling some 750,000 bottles.
89 Points James Suckling
A fresh and clean wine with berries, lemons and hints of stones. A medium body and a delicate finish.
Organic Red Wine from Italy
Organic Red Wine from Tuscany
The leading grape Sangiovese and the base for it most popular wine Chianti.
2014 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico
90 Points James Suckling
Big and velvety Chianti for the vintage. Surprisingly rich. Medium body, straightforward finish. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now.
2012 Col d’ Orcia Rosso di Montalcino
90 Points James Suckling
Hint of animal, tar, fresh red fruits with pine nut on nose. Fine tannin with balsamic, berries on palate. Drink now or better in 2015. This is a perfect example of why I do not like some reviews, Animal and Tar. REALLY. The Winemakers notes are more accurate and like my thoughts.
Dense ruby red with youthful violet reflections. The typical fruit of great Sangiovese is elegantly balanced by the noble spices acquired by the aging in barrique. Its richness and complexity are worthy of a great Brunello while its varietal freshness is still remarkable. The typical intriguing fruit of great Sangiovese, gracefully framed by the pleasant spices of the barrique. Rich, harmonious and full-bodied, with supple tannins.
Organic Red Wine from Spain
Tempranillo is widely grown throughout Spain, but it really thrives in two regions, Rioja and Ribera del Douro.
They produce Great Everyday Values. Often labeled as Tempranillo to the Elegant wines from Rioja and Ribera del Douro.
2015 Bodegas Volver Tarima Organic
This wine is made from Mourvèdre grown in Jumilla. Mourvèdre comes from the Rhone Valley
An opaque purple color, with a rich mix of blueberries and raspberries with a touch of crushed chalk. Full-bodied and incredibly concentrated, this is a great red.
Organic Red Wine from France
Join Us on our search through the backroads of the French Wine County to discover more Organic Red Wine.
Organic Red Wine from the Rhone Valley
The wines of the Rhone Valley are mainly based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Grapes.
Organic Red Wine: Chateauneuf du Pape
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the wines of Domaine Saint Prefert.
2014 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Made from the youngest vines (30 years and younger) a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. 100% whole-cluster fermentation. Aged 15 months in cement.
90 Points Wine Spectator
Ripe and very silky in feel, with a beam of raspberry flavors shining through. And picking up light anise, shiso leaf and incense notes along the way. Offers a sneakily long finish. Drink now through 2024.
2014 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Columbis (WOW)
100% Grenache from three parcels. Colombis with a sandy soil, les Roues with a predominately clay soil, and le Cristia with a sandy soil. The vines average 60 years-old. Whole-cluster fermented and aged in old barrels for 18 months.
94 Points Wine Spectator
Belies the generally approachable feel of the vintage. With a core of black currant, fig and raspberry flavors with Turkish coffee and melted black licorice notes. The long finish has serious tarry grip perfectly embedded in the fruit, so this should strut after some cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2029.
94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This cuvee is 100% Grenache that comes from three plots – Colombis, le Cristia and Les Roues -all of which are mostly sand and sandstone soils. Today it’s not destemmed and is aged in larger oak barrels. The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis is a beauty that offers medium to full-bodied richness. And a fabulous texture to go with classic notes of black raspberries, strawberries, kirsch, crushed flowers and licorice. It is a rock star in the vintage and shines for both its purity and richness. It should benefit from a year or two in bottle once released.
2014 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Auguste Favier
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre. 100% whole-cluster fermentation. Aged 18 months; the Grenache is aged in cement and the Cinsault and Syrah in 600L used barrels.
94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Made from 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier reveals notes of plums, violets, ground pepper and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and sexy. It’s more focused and elegant than the classic cuvee. And more fruity than the Collection Charles Giraud, which is more tannic.
92 Points Wine Spectator
This is generously fruited, with a core of fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture pumping along. Framed with a lively black licorice note and carrying through a rich, black tea-accented finish. For the hedonist crowd