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Becker Vineyards Claret 2012

Bordeaux Red Blends from Other
    13.6% ABV
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    13.6% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    It is a rich, bold and complex wine that produces essences of raspberry, chocolate and spice.

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    Twenty years ago began a search for a log cabin to renovate and create a hill country getaway for Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker. Having traveled extensively abroad and passionate about culinary and wine experiences. The Becker’s enjoyed frequenting the few local wineries as well. The cabin was soon discovered but along with it 46 acres of raw land, fallow fields of deep sand and Precambrian granitic soils 1500 feet above sea level. The site was rampant with native Mustang grapes, a time honored and essential component of the local German Heritage. Both Richard and Bunny were successful gardeners in their own right and the dream of a commercial vineyard and "maybe" a 1500 case winery began to take shape. The first plantings in 1992 were lovingly placed in the ground by friends and family, including the Becker’s two sons, Will and Joe. The first harvest in 1995 set in motion what is now just over a 100,000 case winery. With wines served in the stateliest of settings including the White House and the James Beard House. Becker Farms Inc. employs 50 people farms 46 acres of estate fruit and lavender along with the famous Stonewall peach orchards. As you make your way down Becker Farms Road, you will take in fields of native wildflowers, peach orchards and seasonal hay production.

    The wine world is vast and constantly expanding. With shifts in climate, fashion, trands and technology, new regions are constantly developing. Through research and experimentation enologists and winemakers continue to develop an understanding of which varieties work best on which vineyard sites. Often, since these regions have yet to gain worldwide popularity, they are great sources for the savvy consumer looking to try something new and interesting at a budget-friendly price.

    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.

    In the Glass

    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. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    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 Secret

    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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