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Chateau Beau-Site Saint-Estephe 2001

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    From St. Estèphe, in the north of the Médoc, comes a 'Cru Bourgeois' with great potential. Its ruby colour is beginning to show some development on the rim. The nose is a subdued yet concentrated mix of cassis & fresh wood/tobacco, thanks to a predominance of Cabernet sauvignon & 50% new oak. On the palate, the ripeness of the vintage has ensured a firm mouthful of rich blackcurrant fruit, ripe tannins & balanced acidity. The long finish is blessed with pure red fruit. One to go with roast lamb, perhaps.

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    An often-overlooked wine-producing state that has recently begun to garner widespread attention

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    An often-overlooked wine-producing state that has recently begun to garner widespread attention, New York trails significantly behind California and Washington in volume produced but is ahead of Oregon. The vast majority of its produce is dedicated to large-scale production of wines made from Vitis labrusca and French-American hybrid varieties, like the common table grape Concord. The quality of New York’s best wines, however, should not be underestimated. Divided into six AVAs—the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River, Long Island, Champlain Valley of New York, and Niagara Escarpment, which crosses over the borders into Michigan as well as Ontario, Canada—the state experiences varied climates, but in general summers are warm and humid while winters are cold and can carry the risk of frost well into the growing season.

    The Finger Lakes region has long been responsible for some of the country’s finest Riesling, and is gaining traction with elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experimentation with cold-hardy European varieties is common, and recent years have seen the successful planting of grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Saperavi. Long Island, on the other hand, has a more maritime climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and shares some viticultural characteristics with Bordeaux. Accordingly, the best wines here are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for excellent ice wines, usually made from hybrid variety Vidal.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from...

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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