35% merlot, 30% syrah, 28% cab franc and 7% malbec.
Our version of a right bank Bordeaux, relying primarily on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but with a slug of Syrah because, well, everything's better with Syrah. (It's the bacon of wine.) Though the components may seem disparate, they do indeed "marry" harmoniously, creating the perfect foil for both simple and more elaborate dishes. I especially like it with grilled steak and roast pork, but it's a terrific wine to pull out when pizza is what's for supper.
International Wine CellarA blend of 35% merlot, 30% syrah, 28% cab franc and 7% malbec) Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark berries, cotton candy, violet and pepper are a bit youthfully stunted. Lush, supple and sweet but not at all overdone. Quite suave and easy to drink, finishing with fine-grained tannins and very good verve. A mesalliance is a marriage with a person of inferior social position, but I would have said that these four varieties combine seamlessly in this wine, as if they'd been part of the same litter.