Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most well known of the four wines I listed and there are great Cabs being made all over the world. Cabernet's are very high in tannins and have a wide spectrum of flavors with oak, berries, spice, and much much more. Cab's are probably the most common of reds I drink, and the list of great ones is long. Some of my favorites are Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Marin Ray Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23. Most of these are from Napa, but I am not limited to them.
Malbec's are amongst my favorite of reds. Very jammy/fruity and great with red meat. The tannins are high in these wines and are very woody and earthy. Rustic is a good word to describe a good Malbec. Most Malbec's are made in Argentina, but they are being made elsewhere in South America as well. I always try a new Malbec no matter what when I have the opportunity and each are so unique. Some of my favorites are Alamos Malbec, Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Alta Mendoza, Conquista Malbec, Gascon Malbec,
Zinfandel wines are really a treat. Like Shiraz's they are medium in tannins and I have found some of my favorite Zinfandel's are from California. Zinfandel's tend to give off nice berry flavors and spice. The term jammy is often given to Zinfandel wines because of the concentrated flavors are similar to that in jam. Spice notes picked up are all of those Chinese 5 Spice, anise, cinnamon, cloves, and more. Some of my favorite Zinfandel's are Ridge Vineyards Geyserville, Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys, Ridge Vineyards York Creek, Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel, and Titus Zinfandel.