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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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    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mendel Unus 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2012 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Duckhorn The Discussion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Rothwell Hyde Red 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2012 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Larkmead Firebelle (scuffed label) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012  Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino 2012 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jonata Fenix 2012 Front Label
    Jonata Fenix 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Luca Beso de Dante 2012 Front Label
    Luca Beso de Dante 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Peter Michael Au Paradis 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Au Paradis 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia Rosso 2012 Front Label
    Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia Rosso 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Vina Cobos Volturno 2012  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Volturno 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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