Full Review

Del Rio

Del Rio
2014 Estate Grown Claret, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2% RS: <1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Del Rio
2014 Estate Grown Claret, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of char roasted espresso, grilled berries, toasted vanilla bean, and baked plum with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy sapling and underripe blueberry finish with cottony tannins and light oak. A tart and dry blend from Rogue Valley that should pair well with pastas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: char roasted espresso, grilled berries, toasted vanilla bean, and baked plum
Taste Flavor: sapling and underripe blueberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years
Recipes Pairing: Pappardelle Pasta with Mushrooms, Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tart and dry blend from Rogue Valley that should pair well with pastas.

The Producer

Del Rio Vineyards

The Producer
52 N River Rd
Gold Hill, OR 97525
USA
1 541-855-2062

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.