Full Review

Auburn Road

Auburn Road
2015 Gaia Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: 1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19

Auburn Road
2015 Gaia Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: 1%
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry confection, sliced green apples, toasty sugar-dusted pie crust, and cherry wood shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length tomato leaf, baking chocolate, red velvet cake, licorice, and allspice finish with moderate oak. Satiny oak and dark fruity elegantly mesh in this upstanding Outer Coastal Plain blend.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blueberry confection, sliced green apples, toasty sugar-dusted pie crust, and cherry wood shavings
Taste Flavor: tomato leaf, baking chocolate, red velvet cake, licorice, and allspice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Satiny oak and dark fruity elegantly mesh in this upstanding Outer Coastal Plain blend.

The Producer

Auburn Road Vineyards

The Producer
117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
USA
1 856-769-9463

Their Portfolio

82 Auburn Road 2007 Classico, Outer Coastal Plain (USA) $60.00.
85 Auburn Road 2013 Classico, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
86 Auburn Road 2014 Gaia, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $23.00.
86 Auburn Road 2013 Eidolon "Coeur d’Est", Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $23.00.
91 Auburn Road NV American Red "Winemaker’s Blend" 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Auburn Road 2014 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Gaia, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $23.00.
84 Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 14% (USA) $18.00.
90 Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur d’Est, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
87 Auburn Road 2016 Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $18.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $.00.
86 Auburn Road 2017 Pinot Grigio, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $16.00.
89 Auburn Road 2017 Solé, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $14.00.
88 Auburn Road 2017 Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
86 Auburn Road 2017 Rosalita Off-Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
80 Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 14% (USA) $18.00.
88 Auburn Road 2016 Good Karma Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 Auburn Road 2015 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Gaia Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $19.00.
87 Auburn Road 2014 Classico Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $16.00.
86 Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur d’Est, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $19.00.
86 Auburn Road NV Apple Wine, New Jersey 12.7% (USA) $13.00.
88 Auburn Road NV Give Peach A Chance Peach Wine, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $12.00.
90 The White Bottle 2015 Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $20.00.

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.