A glass of red wine is the perfect pick me up after these long winter days.  Whether you’re trudging the freezing streets of town, or can’t feel your fingers after shoveling your driveway, have a bottle of your favorite red wine waiting for you at home to look forward to! Throughout the month of January, we will be sharing with you our favorite reds – what we’d like to call our “Fireside Wines”… perfect for winter drinking!

Cold weather and icy conditions practically cry out for a big and robust red, something with the body and structure to stand up to hearty winter fare, but also something with the fruit, weight and richness to warm the bones on the very coldest of evenings. Which begs the question- which red wine to choose from? With such a bevy of styles and flavors the options are endless, but since we can’t give you endless options, we have narrowed it down to a few of our favorites:


Armas de Guerra Tinto   

Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice.  Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of smokiness.  Shows very good focus and power on the sweet, seamless finish, with building tannins adding shape.


FarrellLogo_GrapesPerelada 5 Fincas Reserva    

Its aroma reminds of spices, with some balsamic notes and a toasted background.  In the mouth it is wide, well-structured and balanced.  Its tannins are present but well integrated.  It has a very fresh acidity.  This is a wine with a great personality and a long after-taste.


K Vintners The Hidden Syrah  

One of the most impressive Syrahs from Washington is Smith’s The Hidden, which comes all from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope.  Jaw-dropping good notes of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets, lavender and smoked meats, voluptuously textured and full-bodied.


Domaine Faury Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah 

Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes from Faury is a juicy, lively, berry-fruited and floral effort that’s reminiscent of mid-weight Cote Rotie.



J Vineyards Pinot Noir

Wine Advocate:  90 points

“With notes of fruitcake, sweet cherries and strawberries, earthy spiciness, lush ripeness, ripe, round tannins and a medium-bodied, long finish”  Robert M. Parker Jr. October 2016


FarrellLogo_GrapesChalk Hill Red Estate 2011/2012    

47% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Syrah and 3% Carmenere.  Attractive notes of blackcurrants, spice box, earth and background oak are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine revealing hints of camphor, charcoal and espresso roast.


Archery Summit Pinot Noir Premier Cuvee 2014    

Wine Spectator:  91pts.  Broad and open-textured, with refine tannins draping around generous cherry, floral and white pepper flavors, lingering deftly as the finish sails on.


 Beran Zinfandel Napa 2012  

Rich and mouth-filling with ripe flavors of cherry and dark chocolate, with coffee, coconut and a slight dustiness of fine-grained tannins on the persistent finish.


 Ramey Claret Napa Valley 2013    

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  It opens in exotic floral and spice, with a juicy mid palate around soft, rounded tannins and smoothly integrated oak.

 Z. Alexander Brown Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2014 – Wine Enthusiast: 92pts – Editors Choice     

Beautiful and well balanced, this wine pulls together a spicy, fruity perfume with mouth filling dark fruit and dark-chocolate flavors.  The creamy texture is well supported by a rich layer of fine tannins.  It has a graceful touch and is a treat to taste.



Zaccagnini Montepulciano 2014     

Each sip delivers a mouthful of ripe berries, leather and black pepper with subtle hints of oregano, dried herbs and a touch of vanilla; all leading to a dry and supple finish.


 Benevelli Piero Barolo “Ravera” 2012   

Deep red with light orange glints. Hints of violet, plum, vanilla, cinnamon and liquorice. On the palate; warm, full-bodied balanced, persistent and complex.


Shinas Estate “The Guily” Shiraz 2013 

Energetic on the palate, with smoky dark fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity.  Fine-grained tannins give shape to the long, sappy, appealigly sweet finish, with the spice repeating.


#Poggio Anima “Lilith” Salento IGP 2013   

Inviting aromas of spiced cherries and black fruits complement undertones of tobacco and dried plums.  It is a full-bodied wine, warm and soft on the palate with flavors that continue to evolve into the finish.



FarrellLogo_GrapesJoel Gott Zinfandel 2014 – Wine Enthusiast: 90pts  –  Exceptional Value  – http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/joel-gott-2014-zinfandel-california

This is a full-bodied but also subtle and complex-flavored wine.  The aromas bring in mild wood smoke and black-pepper notes, then the flavors add ample fruitiness without going to jamminess.  The overall effect is one of sophistication.


The Spur 2011/2013   

33% Petite Sirah; 31% Cabernet Sauvignon; 29% Petit Verdot; 4% Malbec; 3% Merlot.   Enticing aromas and flavors of black cherry and blueberry, with hints of chocolate, anise, spice and toasted oak.  Mature tannins and balanced acidity lead to a smooth, lingering finish.


Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2013/2014   

Scented cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb, pepper spice.  Cherry jam on entry, lively acid, fruit-covered tannins, sweet oak finish.


FarrellLogo_GrapesRevenant Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013   

Aromas of ripe dark pitted fruits, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of lightly toasted oak come forth.  A first taste reveals the wine’s pronounced and richly structured flavors.  This is followed by long, lingering layers of exceptionally elegant tannins.


Catena Alta Malbec 2011   

Aromas of ripe red and black berry fruits with notes of violets and lavender and hints of leather and a touch of spices.  Full bodied and rich, with sweet tannins and a smooth structure, offering multiple layers of blackberries and black currant with hints of licorice, vanilla, and black pepper.


Bila-Haut Rouge 2015     

Wine Spectator:  90 points

This has finesse, with an iron core surrounded by blackberry, cassis, plum and garrigue flavors.  Full tannins offer structure with details of olive and bay leaf that linger into the savory finish.


As always, if you would like more information on any of these wines you can reach us at info@fdcvt.com, or check out our beverage locator http://www.farrelldistributing.com/products/beverage-locator


Ryan Chaffin

Director of Marketing | Farrell Distributing