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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 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bond Pluribus 2010 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2010  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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    Bond St. Eden 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Quella 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    OVID 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Continuum  2010 Front Label
    Continuum 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Matriarch 2010
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  • Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2010 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2010 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2010 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Milbrandt Sentinel Red Blend 2010 Front Label
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    • Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2010 Front Label
      Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2010
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Double Eagle Red 2010 Front Label
      Double Eagle Red 2010
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    • Corliss Red 2010 Front Label
      Corliss Red 2010
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 2010 Front Label
      Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 2010
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        Cadence Cara Mia Vineyard Camerata 2010
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        Commitment 2010
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          Baer Ursa 2010
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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