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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired red blends, have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux Blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux Blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example.

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  • Murrieta's Well The Spur 2019  Front Label
    Murrieta's Well The Spur 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2018  Front Label
        Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Experience Trail 3150 Single Vineyard Red 2018  Front Label
        Experience Trail 3150 Single Vineyard Red 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2019  Front Label
        Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017  Front Label
          Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Clau de Nell Cuvee Violette 2018  Front Label
            Clau de Nell Cuvee Violette 2018
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Anjou, Loire, France
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          • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2017  Front Label
            Keenan Mernet Reserve 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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