Wine Enthusiast: Best Low Alcohol Wines Includes Hudson-Chatham

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A Dozen Low Alcohol Wines Big on Flavor

Cut back on the alcohol without sacrificing taste. Check out this mixed case of lighter red, white and sparkling wines with abundant flavor and variety.

Maybe your January isn’t a dry one but you’re still looking for wines with lower alcohol. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor, quality or variety. Here is a mixed case of dry reds, whites and sparkling. These twelve wines offer a little something for everyone, and they all come in at 12% abv or less.

Hudson-Chatham 2014 Middlehope Casscles Vineyards Baco Noir (Hudson River Region); $25, 12% abv, 91 points. This perfumed floral red made from Baco Noir, an underappreciated French-American hybrid grape, offers surprising depth of complexity and finesse. Hints of dark char, porcini and spice mingle amidst prettier tones of violet and black cherry. It’s crisp and lively on the palate, edged by layers of fine feathery tannins and a crush of granite on the finish. Ready to drink now, but tuck a few bottles away to enjoy from now until 2022 if you can. —Anna Lee C. Iijima

A Dozen Low Alcohol Wines Big on Flavor