Full Review

Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk
NV Barrel Reserve 2017, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35.99

Cooper’s Hawk
NV Barrel Reserve 2017, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of dusty shelf and cherry candy, diced bell pepper and beets, smoked and grilled meat, and dill with a chewy, crisp, dryish full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish displaying accents of beets and chocolate ganache with coating, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry savory wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory, Spicy & Complex, Rich & Full, Oaky & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dusty shelf and cherry candy, diced bell pepper and beets, smoked and grilled meat, and dill
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of beets and chocolate ganache
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry savory wine.

The Producer

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

The Producer
15690 S. Harlem Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
USA
1 708-633-0200 ext.108

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.