wine/red Light Bodied Reds

Light-bodied reds are typically produced from grapes with thin skin, lending to a pale color (you can see through them in a glass) and very light tannins. Flavors can range anywhere from fruity to herbaceous to leathery, depending on the varietal, and the wines may be aged in stainless steel, oak, or other vessels. 

The most popular light-bodied red is Pinot Noir, but other examples include Gamay, Dolcetto, and Cinsault. These wines are excellent paired with pork, poultry, spicy and oriental foods, and bloomy rind cheeses. 

Check out light-bodied reds on Vinebase below!
Meadowcroft Wines
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2021

Pinot Noir · Earthy and Fruity · Limited wine (857 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Unique Climate
Waits-Mast Family Cellars
Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017

Pinot Noir · Fruity · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Noteworthy Topography
Bee Hunter Wine
Pinot Noir Wiley Vineyard, 2014

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Complex, Earthy, Floral, Herbaceous, and Subtle · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Unique Climate
Timshel Vineyards
Templeton Gap District GSM, 2019

GSM Blend · Fresh, Fruity, Balanced, and Spicy · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Templeton Gap District, Paso Robles, California

Biodynamic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Mendocino KC Labs Syrah, 2020

Syrah · Carbonic, Fruity, and Funky · Limited wine (217 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Drum Roll Wine
Pinot Noir Renoir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Fresh, Fruity, and Subtle · Rare wine (113 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Sustainable Farming
Drum Roll Wine
Columbia Valley Drum Roll Red, 2019

Uncommon Red · Balanced, Fresh, and Funky · Limited wine (220 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Timshel Vineyards
Holmestead Vineyards Grenache, 2019

Grenache · Balanced, Earthy, and Spicy · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Templeton Gap District, Paso Robles, California

Biodynamic Farming
Gonzales Wine Company
Cecchini Family Vineyard Malbec, 2019

Uncommon Red · Complex, Spicy, and Fresh · Contra Costa, California

Almost Sold Out
Meadowcroft Wines
Napa Valley Anniversary Cuvee, N.V.

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Balanced · Limited wine (239 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

Winery Favorite
Phantômé Cellars
Lodi Zweigelt, 2021

Other Red · Fresh, Funky, and Natural · Rare wine (74 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Rare Varietal
Amrita Cellars
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2017

Pinot Noir · Earthy, Floral, Sweet, Balanced, and Mineral · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

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