Full Review

Bel Vino

Bel Vino
2016 Long Valley Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$45.95

Bel Vino
2016 Long Valley Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Light brick red color. Aromas of raisins, cedar, and leather with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length mocha, orange zest, and iced tea finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A palate pleasing red blend for everyday indulgences.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: raisins, cedar, and leather
Taste Flavor: mocha, orange zest, and iced tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Enchiladas, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A palate pleasing red blend for everyday indulgences.

The Producer

Bel Vino Winery

The Producer
33515 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-6414

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.