Full-bodied reds are the deepest, darkest, and boldest of all red wines. The grape skins are thick and full, leading to heavy tannins. Flavors tend to be concentrated and full of depth, ranging anywhere from red and black fruits to olives and earthiness. Most of these wines are aged in oak barrels to help soften the tannins.
The most popular full-bodied red is Cabernet Sauvignon, and this category also includes varietals such as Malbec, Syrah, and Pinotage. Pair these with a juicy, fatty steak: tannin binds to proteins in our saliva, creating a palate-cleansing effect and making these bold, high-tannin wines the perfect pairing.
Check out full-bodied reds on Vinebase below!