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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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  • Bond Quella 2008 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, 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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  • Bond Melbury 2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2008 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Harlan Estate 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008  Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (torn back label) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jonata Fenix 2008 Front Label
    Jonata Fenix 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2008 Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2008 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Howell Mountain 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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    Carmelo Patti Gran Assemblage 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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    Gemstone Vineyard Facets Of Gemstone Estate Red Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bevan Cellars Showket Vineyard Double E's Cuvee 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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