Here are three amazing red wines. They are affordable at around $13 each.
Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2012
Dark red. Aromas of boysenberry, licorice and pepper on the nose. Tastes of red cherry, blueberry, and coca cola. A lingering spicy finish. Pairing with rice, roasted vegetables, and maybe some ribs.
We had some with our home-made nachos, with melted cheddar, mildly-spiced ground beef, guacamole, salsa, mild peppers, beans, and sour cream. On a large metal baking sheet or pan, put down the nacho chips, sprinkle cheddar all over it, then the beef and beans, and more cheddar. On the table, have the toppings ready to go. Not too bad. The Zin helped.
For Zins, you want to pair up with beef in a peppery sauce, with oregano, basil and tomatoes.
Rodney Strong Merlot 2010
Ruby color. Medium tannins. Black cherry and plums. Oak. Pairs nicely with some beef stuffed mushrooms and wild rice.
Try pairing with a big German spicy sausage or stuffed mushrooms.
Durigutti Malbec 2012
I really enjoy Malbecs from Argentina. Ruby red color. Wonderful aromas. Black-berry and plum in the nose. Dense, lush, and hint of leather.
The main flavors in this glass of Argentine Malbec are blackberry, plum and black cherry. Some of the other flavors you might notice would be milk chocolate and leather and maybe tobacco. Malbec from Argenina is fruit forward, where Malbec from France is not.
The tannins are medium. Acidity is balanced. Sensual with a smoky finish.
A "fruit-forward" wine is dominant with ripe, rich fruit flavors. This can be either a positive or a negative term. You have to be the judge. Fruit-forward wines are primarily fruity and filled with fruit flavors that prevail over anything else in the wine. It's all about the grape, and not about the geography or wine-making practices. With a fruit-forward wine, the flavor is on the front of your palate. You taste the fruitiness right upfront, and they drive the overall taste of the wine.
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