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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem
2015 Red Blend, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 14%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99
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Carpe Diem
2015 Red Blend, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of chocolate covered green pepper, dried herbs, and roasted carrot with a chewy, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long fresh organic berries, fruit leather, and thyme finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. An inviting wine, both vegetal and fruity.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered green pepper, dried herbs, and roasted carrot
Taste Flavor: fresh organic berries, fruit leather, and thyme
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Goat, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An inviting wine, both vegetal and fruity.
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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.