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Brutocao

Brutocao
2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Brutocao
2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Ruby color. Aromas of rich red fruits, musk, cedar box, and cigar wrapper with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long blackberry pie, blueberry compote, apple cobbler, and aromatic spices and barks finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A hugely fruity Bordeaux Varietal Blend for lip-smacking pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: rich red fruits, musk, cedar box, and cigar wrapper
Taste Flavor: blackberry pie, blueberry compote, apple cobbler, and aromatic spices and barks
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork Chop With Rich Sauce, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A hugely fruity Bordeaux Varietal Blend for lip-smacking pairings.

The Producer

Brutocao Cellars

The Producer
1400 Hwy 175
Hopland, CA 95449
USA
1 707-744-1066

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, 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.