These mild reds are quite different from the ripe, fruity, concentrated reds that are so popular among today’s wine-drinkers. Think of them as more “old school” traditional reds. In this category are easy- drinking, subtle reds, such as in-expensive Bordeaux wines, traditional Riojas, Northeastern Italian Merlots and Cabernets, Côtes du Rhônes and simple Chiantis and similar wines.
These are wines that are excellent introductions to their respective regions and allow you to explore new places without breaking the bank. They are notoriously food friendly and are staples at European bistros. Unlike fruity, spicy, or powerful reds, these wines are a balance of all three. They have enough fruit to pique your interest but are anchored with savoury notes such as herbs and earth. The structure of these wines is typically smooth and medium in body. Neutral oak is used on these wines allowing the flavours and aromas to shine through without being dominated by toast and spice. These wines are found in warm and moderate climates where the fruit ripens but doesn’t lose its structure or acidity. Because of this, the fruit character of these wines is often fresh and vibrant rather than baked, dried, or stewed.