Full Review

Dharma

Dharma
2015 Red Blend, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Certified Organic
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

Dharma
2015 Red Blend, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Aromas of allspice berries, stewed plum, and milk chocolate with a satiny, crisp, medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length plum pastry and cinnamon finish with light oak flavor. An inky red blend with food-friendly tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: allspice berries, stewed plum, and milk chocolate
Taste Flavor: plum pastry and cinnamon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Veal Cheeks, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An inky red blend with food-friendly tannins.

The Importer

Elixir Wine Group

The Importer
990 NW Brooks St. Ste.#3
Bend, OR 97703
USA
1 541-388-5330

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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.