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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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    Harlan Estate 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2009 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cenyth Red Blend 2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2009 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard Claret 2009 Front Label
    Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard Claret 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2009 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Corliss Red 2009 Front Label
    Corliss Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Corliss Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Corliss Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red 2009 Front Label
    Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • OVID  2009 Front Label
    OVID 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Luca Beso de Dante 2009 Front Label
    Luca Beso de Dante 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2009 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Buty Conner Lee Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009 Front Label
    Buty Conner Lee Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Proprietary Red 2009 Front Label
    Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Proprietary Red 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Juslyn Perry's Blend Spring Mountain District 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2009 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2009 Front Bottle Shot
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Vilafonte Series M 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    Colgin Cariad 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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