|Sent on:||Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:40 PM|
In my personal opinion at least....
I love blended wines, and wines from the Bordeaux of France have been recognized the world over for their beautiful blends....but they can get a bit pricey....
We would like to introduce you to some of the other places that do great blended wines in the Bordeaux style, giving you the big, bold and elegant wines made from blending the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes.
These five red grapes are the components of a Bordeaux blend. Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot usually play the lead role, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot act as the supporting cast. These three grapes help to add color, structure and body in varying amounts. A Bordeaux blend typically, but not exclusively, uses at least three of the five grapes to be labeled as such. The beauty of the blend? Each year the percentage of each grape in the blend can vary and the winemaker can include more of the variety that excelled in that particular vintage.
While Bordeaux still leads the pack in excellence with their centuries of making awesome blended wines, there are many new countries who have begun to show excellence as well!
We will be tasting six wines served with cheeses and fresh breads:
2008 Steltzner Claret, Napa Valley, California
2009 Hahn Meritage, Central Coast, California
2009 Vitanza Voltaire IGT, Tuscany, Italy
Chateau Peynaud, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Joinin, Bordeaux, France
2010 Sauska Cuvee 13 Villany