[quote=“Brew Meister Smith”][quote=“Dan S”]Hello Everyone,
My wife and I have recently gotten into making wine (back in January) and are in the process of building up our cellar (which we’ve found to be a much more linear process than brewing beer!). I was wondering if anyone could suggest a red that might be drinkable at around the six month mark. We already have a Tempranillo in the works, but were wondering if there were any other reds out there that were commonly known to drink well at 6 months or so while we wait for our other, bigger reds to mature. We can only drink so much white![/quote]
What are your other bigger reds to which you refer?
How high can you go price wise?
Which kit companies do you have available?
If you are talking winexpert there are some kits from every series known to show well young - but this is with respect to the pre-redesign.
All kits they make now are supposed to be drinkable at a younger age - even the highest end ones.
If it were me, I’d just go straight for the Eclipse series Cabernet. You would get the most out of it if you age for at least a year, but from my experience all of the Eclipse wines are better at 1 month of age than anything else on the market.[/quote]
Thanks, Brew Meister,
At this point we’re planning to age the Eclipse Cabernet & Eclipse Red Zinfandel that we’ve made for 2 years. We also have a Chianti that we made back in January that we plan to start drinking at the beginning of 2014.
We’re able to do kits in the Eclipse price range
We typically go to Northern Brewer (or sometimes Midwest) when in the Twin City area, so Winexpert and Cellar Craft (we’ve not yet tried CC)
So it sounds like you would recommend any of the Eclipse reds, then? Our original thinking was that we’d let those age for a couple of years to get the best return on our investment, but didn’t consider that they might also be the best bet for a quick turnaround.