Salentein Numina Gran Corte 2016
Deep ruby. Scents of cassis, black cherries, spices and mint. An intense and robust wine with elegant flavors of raspberries, blueberries, sweet spices and a long, lingering finish of vanilla. An ideal match for hard cheeses, hearty stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and grilled red meats.
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Salentein’s Gran Corte combines the five Bordeaux varieties, with Malbec representing 65% of the cuvée. Showing the freshness and elegance that are typical of the best 2016s, this is violet-scented, complex and nuanced, with plum and black cherry fruit and fine tannins. 2021-30
The red blend 2016 Numina Gran Corte is a multi-grape assemblage that was composed of 65% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The varieties fermented separately in 7,000-liter oak vats and were blended after six months in barrels. This is a classical blend, where the different grapes complement each other and feel very integrated, coming through as harmonious and balanced. The palate has good freshness and very fine tannins, with pungent flavors that lead to a long and tasty finish. 95,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
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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.