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Bacchanal 2009 Red Wine, Napa Valley
     

Bacchanal
2009 Red Wine, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted: 8/6/2012
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
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92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, toasted graham cracker, cocoa, dried berries and peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cassis, spice and honeyed nut accented finish. Nice Old World character with a rich core of fruit.
Tasting Info
WINE Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: waxy honeycomb, toasted graham cracker, cocoa, dried berries and peppers
Taste Flavor: chewy, cassis, spice and honeyed nut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Pairing Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Nice Old World character with a rich core of fruit.
Bordeaux 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. However there are numerous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons or Merlots that are not blended, but are made exclusively with the grape identified on the label.

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.

The Producer

Martin Estate

The Producer
8780 Conn Creek Rd
Rutherford, CA 94573
USA
1 707-967-0300
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