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90+ Cellars

90+ Cellars
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11.99

90+ Cellars
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas of stewed tomatoes, cumin, potato skins, and black pepper with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, fleeting plum compote, sun tea, and chocolate candies finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice red quaffer.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: stewed tomatoes, cumin, potato skins, and black pepper
Taste Flavor: plum compote, sun tea, and chocolate candies
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Hamburger Casserole, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice red quaffer.

The Producer

90+ Cellars - Latitude Beverage Co.

The Producer
20 Guest Street, Suite 105
Brighton, MA 02135
USA
1 857-576-6035

Their Portfolio

90 90+ Cellars 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 14.1% (USA) $17.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $17.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2014 French Fusion Red, Languedoc AOP 13% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 French Fusion White, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 94 Collector Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $11.99.
80 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Vino Spumante Rose, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2012 Lot 128 Gran Vino, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 64, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2013 Lot 26 Collector Series, Barolo 14% (Italy) $34.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 60 Reserve Series, Langhe Rosso 14% (Italy) $15.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 27 Reserve Series, Barbera d’Alba Superiore 14.5% (Italy) $16.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 122, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $11.99.
86 90+ Cellars NV Lot 50, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 6.5% (Italy) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Collectors Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $27.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills 14.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2016 Merlot, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $13.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $22.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo 14.2% (Argentina) $11.99.
84 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2014 Riserva, Sangiovese, Chianti DOCG 13% (Italy) $11.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2014 Grand Vino Red Blend, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2016 Red, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $17.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $15.99.
85 90+ Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, France 12.5% (France) $11.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $11.99.
86 90+ Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
80 Iron Side 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 14.4% (USA) $14.99.
87 Iron Side 2016 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.3% (USA) $24.99.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.