Full Review

Axel

Axel
2014 Primero Red Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Sustainable Agriculture
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Axel
2014 Primero Red Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of clay, pickled citrus peels, herbed berries, and butter roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with suggestions of blueberry pie a la mode, eucalyptus honey, and spiced nuts with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An impressive, spicy red blend with a stately, poised style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: clay, pickled citrus peels, herbed berries, and butter roasted nuts
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of blueberry pie a la mode, eucalyptus honey, and spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Rack of Baby Lamb, Braised Argentine Steaks, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An impressive, spicy red blend with a stately, poised style.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
285-K Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
USA
1 415-884-9000

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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.