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Cocobon Vineyards

Cocobon Vineyards
2015 Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Cocobon Vineyards
2015 Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark deep purple color. Sweet aromas of red fruits, black currant, and vanilla with a thick, bright, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, long cherry cobbler, vanilla spice, jam, and date finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A wonderfully approachable, new age inspired red California blend with a faint sweetness.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: red fruits, black currant, and vanilla
Taste Flavor: cherry cobbler, vanilla spice, jam, and date
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderfully approachable, new age inspired red California blend with a faint sweetness.
The Producer or Importer or Marketer

The Wine Group

The Producer or  Importer or  Marketer
4596 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
USA
1 925-456-2500
Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.
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