Red wines are given their color from the grape’s skin, which can range from pink to dark crimson. After harvest, red grapes are crushed and the juice is allowed to soak with the skins, absorbing the skin color as well as other attributes. The final color is determined by the time of contact and the level of pigment in the skin. The actual juice of the grape is most frequently a light yellow color.
Among the thousands of red wine grape varieties grown around the world there are six classic varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Sangiovese & Nebbiolo. In general, red wines gain complexity and soften as they age. The grape variety and winemaking choices produce wines with different aging potentials. Most red wines are made to be consumed within a few years. At MadWine, we are familiar with the many varieties and characteristics, age-ability and food pairing applications of these wines. We are pleased to offer you the finest reds from around the world.
Descriptive words for red wines include: cherry, plum, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, currant, raisin, pepper, clove, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, leather, licorice, and toast.