Editor’s Note: This guide to the Best Red Wines of 2017 is part of our annual round-up of wine reviews where we highlight some of our favorite picks to try throughout the year. These red wine recommendations are listed in no particular order, and include a variety of flavor profiles, body types and vintages from around the world.

Best Red Wines 2017 | Top 20 Red Wine Recommendations for 2017

2017 is shaping up to be another great year for red wine. Affordable Bordeaux blends are beginning to reach their ideal expressions, New World Cabernet’s from Paso Robles and Washington’s Columbia Valley are proving to be gorgeous. The Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley in Oregon is being ranked as some of the best in the entire world… the list goes on.

Below, we do our best to highlight our favorite 20 best red wines that span the spectrum in body and flavor profile for this year. There are obviously other great reds out there, but the ones we mention below stood our given their price point, taste and balance. We’ve also only listed wines that are relatively easy to find at your local grocery store and/or online that won’t break the bank.

Best Red Wines 2017 - Clos de los Siete Red Wine Blend (Malbec Dominant)Clos de los Siete Malbec Red Wine Blend

  • Origin: Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Juicy Plum, Blackberry, Blueberry and Dragonfruit backed by elements of Spicebox, Vanilla Cola, Damp Forest Floor, Ground Blackpepper, Cassis Leaf and Alluvial Minerality.
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Meatball Marinara, Lechon Asado, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Filet Mignon
  • Average Price: $19.99
  • Where to Find It: Available at Total Wine and for order online at Wine.com

Produced by Michael Rolland, a revered wine maker proficient in Bordeaux style red wine blends, this wine is the epitome of careful craftsmanship. Refined black and blue fruit notes come from 57% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah & 2% Petit Verdot. These grapes are sourced at elevation near the Andes Foothills within Mendoza, lending a beautiful balance and complexity to the final product.

READ: Complete Clos de los Siete Review

Best Red Wines 2017 | Sebastiani Cabernet SauvignonSebastiani Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • Origin: Sonoma County, California
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Cassis, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Vanilla, Chalky Minerals & Cracked Black Pepper
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Classic Spanish Roasted Pork (Lechon Asado)
  • Average Price: $14.99
  • Where to Find It: Major retailers such as Publix, Total Wine

This gorgeous and very accessible Cabernet Sauvignon is quickly becoming one of my go-to house reds.  Sebastiani produces a number of Sonoma-born red wines. While this particular Cabernet may be perceived as less prestigious compared against some of the Sebastiani library wines you can find at their Sonoma tasting room, it’s a fantastic example of the potential this producer has and a great introduction to refined Cabernet from lower Sonoma Valley.

2017 Red Wine Recommendations | Sphere Pinot NoirSphere Pinot Noir

  • Origin: Monterey County, California
  • Body: Medium Minus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Red Cherry, Ripe Plum, Vanilla, Cedar, Strawberry
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Veal Marinara, Chicken & Penne alla Vodka
  • Average Price: $6.99
  • Where to Find It: Trader Joe’s

From a price perspective, Pinot Noir really doesn’t get much better than this. Given that Pinot is a relatively finicky cool climate grape the grow, it’s rare to find such a great tasting wine for under $10. Monterey County is a somewhat diverse wine growing region, and it’s quickly making its presence felt thanks to producers like Sphere. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing wine to bring to a party, or simply want to sit back and relax watching a football game on a Sunday — you can’t go wrong with the Sphere Pinot Noir.

Top Red Wines for 2017 | Jeff Cohn "The Imposter" Red Wine BlendJeff Cohn Cellars “The Imposter” 2012 Red Wine Blend

  • Origin: Select single-vineyard sites across California
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Red Cherry, Blueberry, Jammy Plum, Vanilla Spicebox
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Filet Mignon, Lamb Ribs, Barbecue Brisket
  • Average Price: $30.00
  • Where to Find It: JeffCohnCellars.com, Wine.com, Select Liquor Stores

“90 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate “The 2013 The Impostor checks in as a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 26% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah and the rest Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Alicante and other varieties. It’s a juicy, ripe berry-scented, spicy and brambly red that has medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannin, tons of character and a great finish. Drink this hedonistic, pleasure-bent beauty over the coming 4-6 years.”

2017 Bordeaux Recommendations | Fleur de FonplegadeFleur de Fonplegade Bordeaux 2012

  • Origin: Saint-Emilion, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Red Currant, Black Cherry, Licorice, Grandma’s Old Leather Chair, Refined Minerals & Tannins
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Skirt Steak,
  • Average Price: $25 – $35
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine
  • A great depiction of Saint-Emilion (Left Bank-Cabernet Dominant) Bordeaux. While this wine is a little bit young, it’s certainly drinkable now.

From the producer: “As Château Fonplégade’s precocious younger sibling, Fleur de Fonplégade offers a vibrant expression of our vineyard, highlighting lush, generous fruit, velvety tannins and elegant length. In the vineyard, we focus on somewhat more youthful plantings grown in sandy soils to create a fresh and enticing wine that spotlights pure and lovely varietal flavors. To preserve this appealing fruit, Fleur de Fonplégade is cold macerated, and is aged for approximately 15 months.”

Best Zinfandel 2017 | Ravenswood Napa Valley ZinfandelRavenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel Petit Sirah Blend

  • Origin: Napa Valley, California
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Blueberry, Cassis, Damp Violet, Damp Forest Floor, Red Currant, Plum
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Teriyaki Anything, Pork Belly Tacos, Smoked Ribs, Barbecue Brisket, Candied Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Average Price: $14.99 – $16.99
  • Where to Find It: Select major grocery and liquor stores, Total Wine, Wine.com, Directly through RavenswoodWinery.com

This wine offers a rare opportunity to taste the essence of Napa Valley Zinfandel at an affordable price point. Ravenswood is a world-renown Zinfandel producer, and you’ll get a sense of what they’re capable of with this popular wine. If you’re ever in Sonoma, be sure to check out their tasting room for an opportunity to try some of their more exclusive library wines sourced from select California AVAs — including Napa and Sonoma.

Best Red Wines to Drink in 2017 | Shotfire Barossa Valley ShirazShotfire Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012

  • Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Black & Red Refined Fruit, Dry Earth, Tumbleweed, Black Pepper Spice, Cassis, Jammy Black Cherry and Blackberry
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Smoked BBQ Ribs or Brisket, Tandoori Chicken
  • Average Price: $22
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine, Select Liquor Stores

From producer Thorne-Clarke: “On release the wine is deep red with purple hues. The wine has a lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit and dried plums accompanied by dark chocolate. The palate displays sweet fruit characters dominated by ripe plums and dark chocolate. The wine is full bodied with obvious fine tannin structure and oak maturation adding texture and complexity to the wine. The wine has long persistence.”

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Recommendations | Browne Family Cabernet SauvignonBrowne Family Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington State
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Crushed Cassis and Vanilla, Black Cherry & Truffle
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Char-grilled Steak, Spicy Lamb Stew, Cheeseburgers
  • Average Price: $28 – $39.00
  • Where to Find It: BevMo, Amazon.com

From BevMo’s wine buyer for California and Washington State (160+ stores): “Dark and youthful color; purple highlights around the edges, intense and quite lush aromas of crushed berries, cassis and vanilla; full bodied on the palate with great structure, layers of black cherries with notes of truffle and spice; balanced with great length in the finish.”

Best Red Wines 2017 | Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet SauvignonBeringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Origin: Knights Valley, Sonoma, California
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Blueberry and Overripe Plum, Blackberry Cobbler, Misty Forest Herbs
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Blueberry Pie, Low-acid Dishes, Ultra-Crispy Roasted Pork with Garlic & Rosemary
  • Average Price: $24.99
  • Where to Find It: Costco, Total Wine, Major Liquor & Grocery Stores, Reserve version available on Wine.com

Beringer sent me a bottle of their Knights Valley Cabernet a few months back as a sample, and since then it has set the bar quite high given the affordable price from this special area of Sonoma.

Per Beringer: “Not only has Knights Valley proved an exemplary producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, it has also an excellent combination of terrain, microclimates and soils for a variety of experiments in viticulture that inform Beringer’s finest wines and will continue to do so for vintages to come.

READ: Detailed Review of Beringer’s Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Pinot Noir Recommendation | King Estate Pinot NoirKing Estate Pinot Noir 2014

  • Origin: Oregon AVA / Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Body: Medium Minus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color with garnet tinges. The nose brings intense aromas of red currants and wild strawberries with licorice, black tea and cinnamon undertones. The palate offers an elegant blend of dark cherries, rhubarb and blackberry, evolving into complex flavors of cranberry, walnut and cassis. The finish is framed by fresh acidity and soft, fleshy tannins. This wine will age beautifully through 2024.
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Classic Spanish Roasted Pork (Lechon Asado)
  • Average Price: $14.99
  • Where to Find It: Stirling Fine Wine, Total Wine, Hops & Grapes, Select Liquor Stores

From the producer:
These 100% Pinot Noir grapes are meticulously hand-sorted before being de-stemmed. Stainless steel fermentation with daily punch downs and pump overs is followed by malolactic fermentation. Great wine begins in the vineyard and 2014 King Estate Pinot Noir is no exception. These distinct vineyards lots are barrel-aged for 8 months in French oak barrels before we make the final blend. This blending approach allows our winemaking team to create a wine that best exemplifies the site-signature and style of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

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Daou Cabernet Sauvignon | 2017 Red Wine RecommendationsDAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Origin: Paso Robles, California
  • Body: Medium Plus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Black & Red Fruit, Velvety Tannins, Medium-Minus Acidity, Dry Forest Leaves
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Sweet & Sour Brown Sugar Meat Balls, Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings, Teriyaki Salmon
  • Average Price: $25
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine, Wine.com

Our Tasting Notes: “On the palate, expect luscious black and red fruit tones backed by soothing tannins, medium-minus acidity and dry forest leaves on a medium body. There is some heat to this wine given the 14.2% ABV, but calming cassis, black cherry and raspberry remain consistent across the mid-palate, as toasted vanilla oak, mild espresso and cacao continue to tease the senses. Approaching the finish, expect rounded toffee tones, fresh leather, dragon fruit, candy spice and raspberry creme brulee to round out a medium finish.”

Best Rioja Red Wine to Drink in 2017Valserrano Rioja Reserva 2009

  • Origin: Rioja Alavesa, Spain
  • Body: Medium
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Cassis, Raspberry, Black Pepper, Mild Ginger, Earth & Tobacco Spicebox
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Spaghetti Bolognaise, Beef Stew, Spicy Grilled Steak or Pork Burrito
  • Average Price: $22.99
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine

90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Black-cherry colour with good depth of colour, excellent legs and little evolution. The aroma is intense with elegant ripe dark fruit, black pepper and ginger. When the glass is swirled these gain in intensity with predominant reminders of black plums, mountain herbs and mineral nuances. The palate is complex, with powerful, smooth tannins which have been tamed by the passing of time. A long, balanced, lingering aftertaste with reminders of black pepper and ripe fruit.

READ: Learn All About Spain’s La Rioja Wine Region

South African Pinotage Recommendation | Spier 21 Gables PinotageSpier 21 Gables Pinotage

  • Origin: Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Body: Medium
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Refined Red Fruit, Cherry, Peppercorn, Vanilla, Smoke, Blackberry, Leather, Earth
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Teriyaki Chicken, Chicken Pad Thai,
  • Average Price: $15
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine

A unique opportunity to taste the best of South Africa’s premier grape variety — Pinotage. A cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir, this grape variety has been honed to near perfection by Spier, one of the oldest producers in South Africa. Aged in French, American and Hungarian oak for about 18 months. This is an ideal wine for aging, but it’s equally ready to drink immediately. Given the price, we recommend buying a few bottles and doing both. Always a treat to bring out at a party.

READ: Discover the Pinotage Grape Variety & How it Came to Be in South Africa

Meandro Douro 2013 | Red Wines to Try in 2017Meandro DO Vale Meao Duoro 2013 Red Wine

  • Origin: Duoro, Portugal
  • Body: Medium Plus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Black & Red Fruit, Inviting Tannins, Intense (High Alcohol) Raspberry, Red Currant, Cedar, Black Currant Leaf
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Buffalo Burgers with Pickled Onions and Smoky Red Pepper Sauce, Hard Sharp Cheeses, Dried Meat
  • Average Price: $20
  • Where to Find It: The Wine Buyer, K&L Wine Merchants, Total Wine, Select Liquor Stores

If you enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll enjoy this red blend from Douro, Portugal. 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 12% mixed red grapes. Let this wine breathe for 15 minutes or so for optimal flavor. An elegant, near-full-bodied mouthfeel with intense red and black fruit flavors.

2017 Amarone Recommendations | Conte di Bregonzo Amarone della ValpolicellaConte di Bregonzo Amarone della Valpolicella

  • Origin: Veneto, Italy
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Cassis, Red Currant, Dark Chocolate, Damp Violet, Cola, Anise, Grippy Tannins
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Sharp Cheese, Dark Chocolate, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Lamb Kabobs, Cuban Food
  • Average Price: $17
  • Where to Find It: Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s “Frequent Flyer” discusses the essence of this meticulously crafted, fantastically affordable Amarone:

“Crafted by Cantina Valpantena, an established cooperative of Verona wine growers, who skillfully blend tradition and technology to produce exceptional quality, and dynamic wines. Their masterpiece begins with the best bunches of hand-harvested grapes (33% Corvina, 33% Rondinella, 34% Molinara) that are left to raisin for about three months in wooden crates. After sugar extracts increase by 25-30%, the grapes are repeatedly pressed and fermented. Then the wine is aged for 18-20 months in small oak barrels, before being bottled, where another 3-4 months of aging occurs. Around two years in the making, the Amarone develops into a vigorous, intensely fruity, full-bodied red with silky tannins and a long, seductive finish. You could find a bottle like this for $25 elsewhere, but we carry it for $16.99*. The art of Trader Joe’s is regarded for its value.”

Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella 2009 Red Wine RecommendationAccordini Igino Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2009

  • Origin: Verona, Italy
  • Body: Full
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Intense Red Fruit (15% ABV), Cassis, Cinnamon, Black Cherry, Tannic, Blackberry, Fig, Floral
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Italian Sausage, Cured Meats, Pasta with Red Sauce, Truffle Potatoes
  • Average Price: $23
  • Where to Find It: Timeless Wines, Total Wine

Selling out frequently at Total Wine. It’s not officially an Amarone, but it tastes like one at a great price (made up of the same typical grape blend).  Twice fermented, high alcohol and a gorgeous depiction of Verona’s potential. Late harvest style Corvina aged on Amarone lees. The must of Amarone remains in the vat and instead of being pressed, it is topped up with high quality Valpolicella before being left to referment for about 10-15 days.

Arzuaga Ribera del Duero | Best Red Wines for 2017Arzuaga Ribera del Duero Crianza 2013

  • Origin: Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • Body: Medium Plus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Dark Fruit Forward, Vanilla, Tobacca, Cedar, Dark Cherry Cola, Soft Acidity, Integrated Tannins
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Filet Mignon, St. Louis Pork Ribs, Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
  • Average Price: $32
  • Where to Find It: Widely Available in Spain, The Wine Library, Wine.com, Wine Chateau, Wine Online, PJ Wine, Total Wine

This is a gorgeous find if you’re into Spanish wine. From what we can tell, 2013 afforded a great vintage for Tempranillo and thus this wine is constructed with 100% Tempranillo. Being a Crianza, oak aging didn’t exceed much longer than one year, followed by an additional year in the bottle. A well rounded, balanced wine with substantial intensity and elegance. Wonderful lengthy dark fruit and vanilla finish. 5 / 5 stars.

Best Barolo 2017 to Try | Mauro Sebaste Tresuri Barolo 2011Mauro Sebaste Tresuri Barolo 2011

  • Origin: Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy
  • Body: Medium Plus
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Deep & Rich, Black & Red Fruit, Licorice, Eucalyptus, Cherry, Raspberry, Cranberry Hints, Violets, Dry Fruit
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Veal Bolognaise,
  • Average Price: $31
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine

While this Barolo is certainly still well within its youth, this is a fantastic wine at an unbeatable price. Drink it now (but air it out), or sit on it for another decade. 92 points from Wine Spectator: “Vanilla, toast, eucalyptus, cherry, licorice and tar flavors add detail to this slim, well-tones Barolo. Focuses on texture, which is suave and tightly knit. Fine length…”

Best Rhone Red Wine 2017 | Eternite Vacqueyras Rhone Red BlendEternite Vacqueyras Rhone Red Blend

  • Origin: Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
  • Body: Medium
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Ripe Cherry, Plum, Blackberry, Touches of Earth, Spice and Mineral Tones, Well Integrated
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Smoked BBQ Ribs or Brisket, Tandoori Chicken
  • Average Price: $25
  • Where to Find It: Ace Wine & Spirits, Total Wine

Wonderful Rhone blend — this is a classic example of a GSM from Vacqueyras comprised of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 92 points from Antonio Galloni: “Aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and Indian spices. Pliant and sweet on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur and violet pastille flavors and a smoky quality that builds with air.”

Best Spanish Red Wines to Try in 2017 | La Conreria Priorat 2012La Conreria Priorat 2012

  • Origin: Priorat, Catalunya, Spain
  • Body: Medium
  • Dominant Tasting Notes: Black Cherry, Petrol, Raspberry, Underbrush, Intense
  • Ideal Food Pairing: Spicy Pork Guacamole, Beef Sliders, Pot Roast, Sharp Cheese
  • Average Price: $20
  • Where to Find It: Total Wine

A region that is only recently beginning to get on American consumer radar, Priorat is one of only two regions in Spain that meet the quality standards set in place by Spain’s DOCa quality control association. Wines from Priorat tend to be very expensive in the US, so it’s always nice to find a good quality wine at such an affordable price point. Intense aromas of cassis, black cherry and petrol. Black cherry and raspberry sit on top of black pepper spice and dry underbrush, hints of tar.

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