About Red Wines from USA

About Red Wines from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Red Wines

Jarvis 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
$310
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins and prunes, carob bar, spiced berries, and bacon bits and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long cassis tart a la mode, toffee, and chocolate fudge finish. An elegant, satiny Merlot that is drinking exquisitely right now.
AvinoDos 2017  Malbec
96 points
$42
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, cherry-fig chutney, coconut macaroon and cocoa nibs, and cherry blossom with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long finish with nuances of blueberry pie a la mode, cedar, roasted root vegetables, and violets with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and brawny Malbec with well-meshed flavors and mouth filing tannins; give this one some time.
H/H Estates 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Michael Andrews Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
96 points
$56
Black ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of olive tapenade with cheese, figs and gherkins, goji berry and leather, and bacon wrapped dates with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying impressions of blackberry tart, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, herbs and peppercorns, and cherry tea with well-integrated, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, mature Gran-Reserva-Roija-like red that will be stellar with a meaty meal or on its own.
Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$115
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean with a dry fat body and a very long dark cherry, gunsmoke, and suede finish with moderate oak flavor. A serious Cabernet that showed up in an expensive suit ready for business.
Inglenook 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$54.95
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry preserves, allspice, and grilled pumpernickel with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, thought-provoking, long finish with suggestions of black currant, india ink, molasses, clove, and black peppercorn. A robust and complex Cabernet that will develop in the glass throughout a meal and for years to come.
96 points $54.95
Jarvis 2015  Petit Verdot
96 points
$180
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cured meat, mesquite, macerated blackberry, and dark chocolate shavings with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a very long finish with accents of ripe blackberry, sun dried tomato, and charred brisket. A complex, sun-drenched Petit Verdot with world-class intensity and structure; a bold and beautiful red.
Awards: 2021 Best Red Wine
Reynolds Family Winery 2015 Reserve 300 Series Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$115
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, figs and dates, dark chocolate, fine caramel, toasted pine nuts, cola, and menthol with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish evoking notes of french silk pie, hazelnut spread, and licorice with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Supreme texture and elegant flavors mesh in this serious, upstanding Stags Leap Cabernet that is sure to please.
Jarvis 2018  Merlot
95 points
$190
Garnet black color. Aromas of spicy berry pie, creamed honey, toffee, and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long pickled cherries, blueberries and beets, cedar, and cocoa finish. A sumptuous, flavorful Napa merlot with power and grace.
Dutchman Vineyard 2019  Alicante Bouschet
95 points
$27
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery dark roasted nuts, berry fruit leather, and clay with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, charming, long finish with notes of craisins, sour cherry and tomato chutney, and herbed nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, juicy, wide-lens red that paints a piquant, pleasure-packed picture on the palate.
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Reserve Mourvedre
95 points
$56
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and raisins drizzled with melted dark chocolate, boysenberry compote, praline, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that shows overtones of peach marmalade, chocolate orange peels, and sweet baking spices with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy and concentrated red wine that could hold its own at any slow-smoked meat feast.