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15 Best Dry Red Wine Brands You Should Try (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Many wine drinkers truly appreciate th dry red wines as the vertex of winemaking. So we get it if you’re looking for the best one to enjoy at every sip.

If you love the elegance and sophistication that reds can give, you’re in luck, as we’ve listed the best red dry wine brands recommended by experts.  

Top 15 Dry Red Wine Brands You Shouldn’t Miss

15. Catena Alta

Bottle of Catena Alta Malbec

Catena Alta produces world-class wines from each Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Malbec grape variety. 

Featuring medium to full-bodied wines, expect Catena Alta with well-incorporated tannins, balanced enough to savor all the qualities and flavors in each bottle. 

Perfect as dessert wines, here are Catena Alta’s wine creations you need to check out: 

  • Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Catena Alta Malbec

14. Penfolds Grange

Close Up Shot of Penfolds Grange Bottle Label

One of the well-known wine bottles of Australian Shiraz, Penfolds Grange, has earned acclaim from every wine enthusiast. 

Yes, it’s expensive, but worth it due to its strong wine and complex flavors, coming from Shiraz/Syrah grapes mixed with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape

This dry red wine ages in American oak, producing ripe fruit aromas and well-balanced tannins.

The characteristics of Penfolds Grange Vintage Wine are comparable to the Bordeaux blend.  

If you’re looking for quality wine from this Penfolds, we highly recommend:

  • Penfolds Grange Bin 95 (1990)
  • Penfolds Grange Bin 95 (1986)
  • Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Vertical Collection

13. Opus One 

Bottle of Opus One

Another expensive brand of dry red wine is Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon. This surely appeals to drinkers looking for a full-bodied red wine. 

The 2005 Vertical Collection (NAPA Valley) features blends of wine grape varieties: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot grapes, and Malbec.  

Our favorite wine is the Opus One Vintage (2005), which highlights dark fruit flavors with oak, dark chocolate, and smoke aromas. 

Aside from the 2005 Vintage and Vertical Collection, some of the best dry red wines from Opus One include: 

  • Opus One Overture (2016)
  • Opus One Overture (2009)
  • Opus One Overture (2013)

12. Musigny

La Pousse D’Or 2013 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Burgundy Trophy Wine

Speaking of finesse and elegance, you can rely on Musigny red wines’ deep character.

Red wines from Musigny are primarily crafted from Pinot Noir. 

Once you have tried the classic Musigny red, expect classy scents and palate, along with its aging potential. 

And don’t worry about sweets; Musigny doesn’t taste all the sugar since they carefully maintain the “low-sugar” content. 

Best paired with roasted vegetables and grilled meats, you need to try these bottles:

  • 2014 Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru
  • 2010 Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru
  • 1993 Joseph Drouhin Musigny Grand Cru  

11. Luigi Bosca

Bottles of Luigi Bosca Red Wine

Luigi Bosca is a top-rated red wine made from the Malbec grape variety featuring residual sugar tannins and red fruit flavors. 

The aging process of 12 months results in a complex and intensely aromatic red wine, letting you experience a luxurious texture that matches well with red meat and braised beef. 

For an ultimate experience, we suggest trying the following:

  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Seleccion de Vistalba
  • Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec 2018

10. Decoy

Decoy Limited Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle and oranges on table

Decoy is well-known for producing great quality red wine at an incredible price. Their dry red wine lineup includes Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

What we love about Decoy red wine is its exceptional versatility in pairing with food. You can enjoy with spicy food, salmon, and creamy sauces. 

As a dessert wine, you must have these bottles:   

  • 2019 Decoy LImited Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Decoy Limited Cabernet Sauvignon

9. Penfolds Bin

Penfolds Bin 389 Bottle witg red background

Another exceptional dry red is Penfolds Bin, dubbed the “Baby Grange.” [1] Aged in the same barrels as Grange, it combines Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure and Shiraz’s richness. 

As you sip, it’s clear that no residual sugar content remains, leaving you with all the fruity flavors that match well with a variety of food, like red meats, cheddar, stews, beef, and steak.

We recommend the following wine expressions from Penfolds Bin:

  • Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2020
  • Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2019
  • Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Venture Beyond 2019

8. Lafite

Close Up Shot of Chateau Lafite 2004 Pauillac Bottle Label

Dry reds from Lafite are extremely expensive. But what comes with the hefty price tag is a supremely high-quality, elegance, and one-of-a-kind wine experience.

“Lafite has a soul, a beautiful, generous, kindly soul. Lafite turns bare earth into heaven. Lafite is harmony, harmony between man and nature because, without our magnificent winegrowers, nothing would be accomplished.”

— Baron Eric de Rothschild. 

Lafite wines are dubbed “King’s Wine,” [2] as they served many Kings and royalties in history. Its blend of Bordeaux (Sauvignon and Merlot) creates a unique dry red wine expression.

If you want to drink dry red wine from Lafite, we’re afraid you can grab a bottle easily. This luxury wine isn’t available in grocery stores–mostly in fine dining establishments and auctions.

Lafite wines that you need to taste once in your life are: 

  • PREMIER CRU CLASSÉ, PAUILLAC
  • Carruades de Lafite PAUILLAC

7. Giacomo Conterno

Giacomo Conterno Barolo Bottle

This dry red wine brand produces iconic bottles using the traditional approach of winemaking:

  • long submerged cap macerations
  • fermentation in extensive Austrian oak tanks
  • Refinement in giant barrels 

What’s noticeable in each Giacomo Conterno dry red wine is its cracked black pepper hints in a medium-bodied and smooth finish. 

There’s also high acidity, but it balances well with the sweet notes of this wine. Remarkable bottles include:  

  • Riserva Barolo Monfortino 2001
  • Barolo Cascina Francia 2010
  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia 2010

6. Chateau Rayas

Close Up Shot of Chateau Rayas Bottles

One of the appellation’s most prominent and expensive dry wines, Chateau Rayas, has maintained its reputation over the years. 

Each dry red wine bottle from Chateau Rayas boosts elegance, especially in flavors, finish, and body. Some of the must-try creations from Chateau Rayas include: 

  • Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Syrah
  • Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Blanc
  • Chateau Rayas Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone

5. Almaviva

man holding Almaviva Bottle

This is a red blend made from varieties of Bordeaux with a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Almaviva red wine features an impressive line of vintage spirits in which the grape juice is processed and aged in new French oak barrels. 

Expect a refreshing acidity with hints of smoke and roasted pepper, complementing the sweet wine notes for a perfect balance. Some of the exceptional bottles are:

  • 2015 Viña Almaviva
  • 2018 Vina Almaviva EPU
  • 2014 Vina Almaviva 

4. Les Impénitents

Les Impénitents Bottle, Glass and Grapes on Table

Dry red wine [3] from Les Impénitents delivers black cherries, ripe black fruit, and black pepper notes on the palate with red fruit aromas. 

Ensuring to produce full-bodied and deep red wines, Les Impénitents uses 100% Gamay grape variety. 

And since they age wines, this creates intense flavors yet smooth–an excellent refinement. Wines to try out include: 

  • Domaine Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernieres Les Impenitents 2018
  • Louis Claude Desvignes Les Impénitents

3. Petrus

Petrus Wine Bottle

Petrus produces full-bodied, dry red wines with firm tannins and medium acidity. Up to the 19060s, they made wines from a Bordeaux-style blend made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes (known in south west France.) 

Soon after, Petrus focused on producing red wines made from pure Merlot, creating an interesting aroma and a rich black currant flavor with floral notes. 

It delivers a complex and deep wine character that’ll surely test your senses, along with the fruit-like spice notes. Some of the best red wines from Petrus are: 

  • PÉTRUS POMEROL 2018
  • Petrus Vintage 2005
  • Petrus Vintage 1982   

2. Sassicaia

Sassicaia 2015 Vintage Wine

Sassicaia red wines qualify as prestigious Italian spirits crafted with consistent highest-quality. 

As one of the best dry red wines today, its generous acidity, impressive taste, and refined character is high-regarded by many wine connoisseurs. 

Their famous creations are made from the juice of Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Cabernet Franc grape varieties. 

To get started with Sassicaia, we recommend the following: 

  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri 1967
  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri 2001
  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Vertical Collection 2011 

1. La Tache

La Tache Wine Bottle

No one would not know La Tache, which produces some of the best fine wines in the industry–producing sophisticated and silky smooth Pinot Noir reds. 

From harvesting to fermentation process down to bottling, every phase is meticulously processed to create dry wines with smooth tannins with ripe red fruit and red plum flavors.

Some of the aged wines from La Tache you should try are:

  • La Tache Domaine Liger-Belair Grand Cru (1921)
  • La Tache Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Monopole (1962)
  • La Tache Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Monopole (2016)

FAQs 

How do you pick a dry red wine?

You can pick dry reds if a wine has low sugar. Red dry wines such as Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Sauvignon contain very little sugar content.   

Which red wines are considered dry?

Red wines considered dry include Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.  

Should dry red wines be refrigerated?

You can refrigerate dry reds as the cool temp slows down oxidation, and wine is best served chilled.

But when unopened, you can choose not to refrigerate it as long as it’s stored at an ideal temperature (60-68 degrees F). 

How long can you keep dry red wine?

You can keep dry red wine for 2-3 years when unopened or properly stored. But you can extend the shelf life by storing it in a dark, cool place without sunlight [4].  

What’s the best dry red wine for cooking?

The best dry reds for cooking are spirits made from Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chianti, Pinot Noir, and Grenache. 

Key Takeaways

From ordinary people to high-class individuals to royalties, red wine has this “unexplainable appeal,” capturing the hearts and palates of many. 

And with all the wine in the world, dry reds are one of the favorites– always present on most occasions. 

So if you want to explore dry reds, make this list your guide to the finest blends you’ll ever experience.

Although they’re all expensive, they’re well worth the price. Cheers! 

References:

  1. https://hypebeast.com/2023/1/penfolds-year-of-the-rabbit-baby-grange-wine 
  2. https://www.christies.com/features/Why-collectors-love-Lafite-7755-1.aspx 
  3. https://www.acs.org/pressroom/presspacs/2019/acs-presspac-may-8-2019/why-some-red-wines-taste-dry.html 
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-does-wine-last#unopened-wine 

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