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CRU9

CRU9
2016 Stop Talking, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60
Cellar Selection

CRU9
2016 Stop Talking, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
Dark violet black color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of baked berries and plums drizzled with white balsamic, grilled mango and coconut, and chocolate banana nut muffin with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of creme brulee, craisin, nuts, and oak with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich fruit and oak forward Napa cabernet that will benefit from time in the cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked berries and plums drizzled with white balsamic, grilled mango and coconut, and chocolate banana nut muffin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of creme brulee, craisin, nuts, and oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Well-Marbled Steak, Short Ribs, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich fruit and oak forward Napa cabernet that will benefit from time in the cellar.

The Producer

CRU9 Wine

The Producer
P.O. Box 585
Denver, IA 50622
USA
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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.