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Our Top Red Wines for Summer BBQ
June 14, 2021

Our Top Red Wines for Summer BBQ

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Summer is right around the corner which means so is BBQ season! When it comes to warm summer nights, we are all about firing up the grill. The scent of smoke, the tang and spice of an exquistite BBQ sauce, and a sip of perfectly paired wine is what makes us light up. That's why we've chosen our Top Red Wines for Summer BBQ to pair with your favorite grilled foods. Our other best barbeque tip? Stock up with extra napkins. It’s going to get messy… and oh, so delicious.


2019 Turley Zinfandel Juvenile

Wally's Price: $25

The 2019 Zinfandel Juvenile has a medium ruby color and aromas of earth-laced red and blackberries. The palate is soft and alluring with a wealth of ripe fruit and juicy acidity, and it finishes long and uplifted. It's a very approachable style this vintage. 15,670 cases produced. - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

92 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2016 Department 66 Grenache Cotes Catalanes D66

Wally's Price: $29

The 2016 Côtes Catalanes D66 is a bonafide blockbuster from winemaker Richard Case that does everything right. Loaded with notions of ripe blackberry and currant fruits, chocolate, ground pepper, licorice, and leafy herbs, this puppy hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth yet stays nicely balanced and light on its feet. Rich, opulent, and decadent are the buzzwords here, and it should keep for 7-8 years. The blend is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah aged 12 months in barrel. - Jeb Dunnuck

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck

Mar 27, 2021 6:18:03 AM


2016 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wally's Price: $59

Inglenook's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has turned out beautifully. Savory and exquisitely layered, with striking aromatic nuance, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dark black cherry, tobacco, cedar, grilled herbs and licorice are finely sketched. More than anything else, the 2016 impresses in the way it balances intensity and detail. And of course, it is absolutely delicious too. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2018 Hirsch Pinot Noir San Andreas

Wally's Price: $65

Powerful and refined, with a concentrated blend of spiced cherry, red currant and dried berry flavors that are backed by crisp acidity and firm tannins. The finish is propelled by intense minerality and savory spice notes. Best from 2022 through 2027. 3,280 cases made. - Wine Spectator

94 points, Wine Spectator

Mar 27, 2021 6:18:03 AM


2014 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge

Wally's Price: $89

This has a generous feel, with ripe fig, boysenberry and blueberry compote fruit flavors that are entwined with alluring roasted apple wood, melted licorice and warm fruitcake notes. The broad, mouthcoating finish has a terrific graphite underpinning to stay honest. Best from 2020 through 2035. 10,000 cases made. -James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

94 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2017 Torbreck 'The Factor' Shiraz

Wally's Price: $100

Aged in 50% new oak, Tobreck's 2017 The Factor boasts hickory-like smoky aromas, plus plum and blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied and firmly built, finishing with hints of chocolate, licorice and dusty tannins. - Wine Advocate

95 points, Wine Advocate

Mar 27, 2021 6:18:03 AM


2019 Gramenon Cotes du Rhone La Sagesse

Wally's Price: $45

50-70 year old Grenache vines from three unique terroirs make up the La Sagesse. One sandy parcel brings lively aromatics and elegant fruit, clay contributes depth and flesh, and rocky limestone offers great focus and a bright, salty finish. - Producer Notes

92 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM




2017 Trinity Hil 'The Gimblett' Cabernet Blend

Wally's Price: $25

Trinity Hill's 2017 The Gimblett is composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% each Cabernet Franc and Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot, almost all of which aged in new French oak. Inky hued in the glass, it offers up remarkable aromas of acacia blossoms, blueberries, black currants, mocha and cedar. For a wine with this level of concentration, it's remarkably medium-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins framing the dark-fruit flavors. It's one of the best vintages of this wine I can recall tasting, and it should drink well for up to decade. - Wine Advocate

92 points, Wine Advocate

Mar 27, 2021 6:18:03 AM

2018 Daou Bodyguard

Wally's Price: $40

In comparison to some of the brand’s other offerings, this is an affordable way to check in on the Daou experience. Savory aromas of coffee bean meet with lush purple fruits on the nose. The palate is rounded in texture, with rich flavors of dark berry, cappuccino, milk chocolate and caramel.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2019 Margerum Cinsault

Wally's Price: $20

A variety you don't see often on its own (although it's becoming more common), the 2019 Cinsault Margerum Estate Vineyard offers a Grenache-like bouquet of raspberries, black cherries, peppery herbs, and sappy flowers. Medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, it shines for its balance, purity of fruit, and sheer drinkability.

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck

Mar 27, 2021 6:18:03 AM

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