Medium Red

In the middle of the gamut from light to full, medium-bodied reds are some of the best food-friendly wines. Classic examples of this style include varieties like Sangiovese and Merlot. Wines made from these varieties can be somewhat variable in style because of regional differences in growing and winemaking. For instance, a Merlot from a hillside estate on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley will have high tannin and darker fruit flavors whereas a Merlot from a large valley vineyard in Lombardy, Italy will probably exhibit fewer tannins and soft red fruit aromas.