Organic red wines have become more and more popular in recent times. These wines are produced using organic harvesting and farming practices and are devoid of pesticides and the likes. You may have noticed that wine stores now place labels or green tags on some of the bottles. If they do not, you can simply inquire from the wine vendor at a store.
These wines are made using biodynamic viticulture which takes farming to a spiritual level. These biodynamic wines do not have added sugar, sulfites, or other additives. These may not have the requisite certification, and you can safely assume that they’re organic. It means the vineyard is being harvested sustainably and in accordance with the lunar calendar. Typically, biodynamic vineyards have an operating farm nearby, as wine production is intertwined into the complete sustainability of the operation.
Sulfites have been considered as a delicate topic. All wine has a certain degree of sulfites naturally. However, generic winemakers tend to add more to make the bottles last a lot longer on the shelf. It is a stabilizer. A few people are sensitive to it and claim to be allergic to red wine, even though red wine has fewer sulfites than its white counterpart.
Some of the best organic red wine include:
Les Grandes Vignes Red
This wine’s grapes are hand harvested. No enzymes or external yeast are used during the winemaking process. Its bunches are de-stemmed, and the fruit goes through fifteen days of maceration. The wine is kept in tanks lined with enamel for ten months before it’s bottled without filtration or fining.
The wine has elegant notes of violet, smoky red fruit, sweet herb with a subtle note of baking chocolate. It is rich in ripe berry and cherry flavors, as well as a mineral note that is followed by velvety tannins and supple acidity. This is an expressive red with an excellent concentration of fruit, and it is never excessively extracted. The red wine finishes with a dash of black pepper and floral notes.
Domaine du Mortier “Dionysos,” $25
This wine’s grapes are hand harvested in an18 kg box. A sediment is used to prevent the oxidation of the grape juice and also promote spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts. According to the type, light pumping for 5-10 minutes or treading under foot is used for infusion of the grape.
It comes from the Loire Valley which is located in France. The Loire Valley is one region that has led the way in the use of biodynamic and organic farming and is a good place to search for these natural kinds of wines in a store or on any restaurant wine list.
Montinore Pinot Gris
This Demeter-Certified Biodynamic red wine is from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.