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Cloak & Dagger

Cloak & Dagger
2016 Subterfuge Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49

Cloak & Dagger
2016 Subterfuge Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of rose hip jam, chrysanthemum, and blueberry with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of honied fig and black plum with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A floral, concentrated red that will be fantastic with French cuisine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: rose hip jam, chrysanthemum, and blueberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of honied fig and black plum
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braised Rabbit, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A floral, concentrated red that will be fantastic with French cuisine.

The Producer

Cloak & Dagger Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1477
Templeton, CA 93465-1477
USA
1 310-877-0210

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.