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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2013 Wine Club Exclusive, Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .3%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.99

Biltmore Estate
2013 Wine Club Exclusive, Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .3%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and nuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp finish revealing accents of cedar, earth, and hint of citrus with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, nicely structured red blend that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Crisp & Lively & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered berries and nuts
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cedar, earth, and hint of citrus
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak Au Poivre, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, nicely structured red blend that will shine at the table.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
One Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
USA
1 828-225-6280

Their Portfolio

89 Antler Hill 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $49.99.
87 Antler Hill 2016 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Antler Hill 2017 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $12.99.
93 Biltmore Estate 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $18.99.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Pinot Grigio, American 13% (USA) $16.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Grigio, American 12.5% (USA) $11.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $18.99.
89 Biltmore Estate 2014 Petit Manseng, North Carolina 13% (USA) $17.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $16.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Roussanne, American 12.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Biltmore Estate 2015 Wine Club Exclusive Release, Roussanne - Viognier, American 13% (USA) $24.99.
81 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Merlot, American 14.3% (USA) $19.99.
85 Biltmore Estate NV Century Sweet Red, American 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2013 Wine Club Exclusive, Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County 14.2% (USA) $29.99.
87 Biltmore Estate 2014 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $14.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2015 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate NV Century Sweet White, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Grigio, American 12.8% (USA) $13.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
83 Biltmore Estate 2016 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2015 White Blend, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $16.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Noir, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2016 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Semillon, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Gewurztraminer, American 13.0% (USA) $17.00.
91 Biltmore Estate 2016 White Blend, American 13.0% (USA) $15.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Vintage Blanc de Blancs, North Carolina 12.5% (USA) $50.00.
84 Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal Crest Red Blend, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2017 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Reserve, Viognier, North Carolina 13% (USA) $24.00.
91 Biltmore Estate 2016 Limited Release, Tempranillo, American 13% (USA) $24.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate NV Blanc De Blancs Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2018 Chenin Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2018 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Pinot Noir, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Blanc de Noir Rosé, Zinfandel, American 11% (USA) $12.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, American 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Marsanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Roussanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate NV Blanc de Noir Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
92 Biltmore Estate 2017 The Hunt Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
86 Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend, American .2% (USA) $25.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2017 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $16.00.
89 Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal’s Crest Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 Biltmore Reserve 2015 Viognier, North Carolina 13% (USA) $18.99.
91 Biltmore Reserve 2016 Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $19.00.
90 Biltmore Reserve 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $24.00.
90 Pas de Deux NV Off-Dry Sparkling, Moscato, American 11.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $26.99.
91 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Merlot, Dry Creek Valley 14.6% (USA) $26.99.
89 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $26.99.
93 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $27.00.
85 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $35.00.
93 Vanderbilt Reserve 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.8% (USA) $35.00.

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.