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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 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 red 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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2012 Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Blankiet Rive Droite Paradise Hills 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Betz Family Winery Cuvee Frangin 2012 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Cuvee Frangin 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cosentino The Poet Red Meritage 2012 Front Label
    Cosentino The Poet Red Meritage 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2012 Front Label
      Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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    • Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine  2012 Front Label
      Von Strasser Reserve Red Wine 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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    • De Toren Fusion V 2012 Front Label
      De Toren Fusion V 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Buty Connor Lee Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012 Front Label
      Buty Connor Lee Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Ziata Mia Madre Red Blend 2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • Volker Eisele Terzetto 2012 Front Label
          Volker Eisele Terzetto 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Chiles Valley, 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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          Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2012 Front Label
          Tuck Beckstoffer Dancing Hares Red 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2012
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          Cadence Taptiel 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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        • Bond Pluribus 2012 Front Label
          Bond Pluribus 2012
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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