Full Review

Crane Family Vineyards

Crane Family Vineyards
2014 Cavaliere, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75
Cellar Selection

Crane Family Vineyards
2014 Cavaliere, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of granola flax and nut bar, dried berries, pepper and olive relish, and delicate blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, long finish revealing notes of cassis pie a la mode, black raspberry jam, spiced honey, and sweet tobacco with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegantly polished, fruit-forward Napa cabernet that hits all the right notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: granola flax and nut bar, dried berries, pepper and olive relish, and delicate blossoms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cassis pie a la mode, black raspberry jam, spiced honey, and sweet tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Skirt Steak With Roquefort, Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegantly polished, fruit-forward Napa cabernet that hits all the right notes.

The Producer

Crane Family Vineyards

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

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.