Full Review

Amalthea

Amalthea
2016 Europa V, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32.99
Cellar Selection

Amalthea
2016 Europa V, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of pickled tomato, dried cherry, smoky baked beans, iberico ham, and overripe strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish that shows nuances of dark chocolate with light oak flavor. A funky, rustic red full of complexity; an elevating pairing for game.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: pickled tomato, dried cherry, smoky baked beans, iberico ham, and overripe strawberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of dark chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky, rustic red full of complexity; an elevating pairing for game.

The Producer

Amalthea Cellars

The Producer
209 Vineyard Rd
Atco, NJ 08004
USA
1 856-768-8585

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.