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Barboursville

Barboursville
2014 Octagon Red Blend, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$54.99
Cellar Selection

Barboursville
2014 Octagon Red Blend, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, spiced damson plums and with air, planked wood and sandalwood, and oriental five star spice and potters clay with a crisp, dry full body and a very complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Very complex flavors all integrated harmoniously. Good depth here.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: blackberry cobbler, spiced damson plums and with air, planked wood and sandalwood, and oriental five star spice and potters clay
Taste Flavor: very complex, medium-length
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Very complex flavors all integrated harmoniously. Good depth here.
The Producer

Barboursville Vineyards

The Producer
PO Box 136
Barboursville, VA 22923
USA
1 540-832-3824
Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.
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