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Crane Family Vineyards

Crane Family Vineyards
2012 Cavaliere Red, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75.00

Crane Family Vineyards
2012 Cavaliere Red, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Brown brick red color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of berry compote, dill pickles, and chocolate and vanilla graham crackers with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long cassis pie with pistachio gelato, olives, nut skins, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A super supple and flavor-packed red Bordeaux varietal blend.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth, oaky, rich & full, savory & spicy
Aroma Aroma: berry compote, dill pickles, and chocolate and vanilla graham crackers
Taste Flavor: cassis pie with pistachio gelato, olives, nut skins, and sandalwood incense
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Roast Leg of Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super supple and flavor-packed red Bordeaux varietal blend.
The Producer

Crane Family Vineyards

The Producer
1051 Borrette Ln
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-259-0175
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.