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Aviary Vineyards

Aviary Vineyards
2017 Birds of Prey Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99

Aviary Vineyards
2017 Birds of Prey Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, bay, and roasted coffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, easy finish that presents notes of chocolate-cherry crumble and caramel with moderate oak flavor. A rich and roasty California red blend with a dark and mysterious personality.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, bay, and roasted coffee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate-cherry crumble and caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and roasty California red blend with a dark and mysterious personality.

The Producer

Folktale Wine Group

The Producer
8940 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
USA
1 831-293-7514

Their Portfolio

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84 Alias 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.7% (USA) $10.99.
85 Alias 2015 Merlot, California 13.7% (USA) $10.99.
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86 Alias 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.7% (USA) $10.99.
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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.