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Fox Hollow Vineyards

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2014 Field Master Red Blend, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.15%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
Cellar Selection

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2014 Field Master Red Blend, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.15%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha cappuccino, moss, plum bread pudding, dark chocolate, dill, and black licorice with a satiny, vibrant, medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish revealing notes of tomato leaf and yuzu with heavy oak flavor. A stately red with luxurious tannins and powerful flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mocha cappuccino, moss, plum bread pudding, dark chocolate, dill, and black licorice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of tomato leaf and yuzu
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A stately red with luxurious tannins and powerful flavor.

The Producer

Fox Hollow Vineyards

The Producer
939 Holmdel Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
USA
1 732-7720330

Their Portfolio

84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $35.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Petite Belle White, New Jersey 13.65% (USA) $20.00.
94 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine", New Jersey 15.7% (USA) $35.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Blend, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $28.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $32.00.
83 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Deco Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Charleston Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $28.00.
84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Halcyon Days Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Bee’s Knees Rosé, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Riesling, New Jersey 14% (USA) $20.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $25.00.
92 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Field Master Red Blend, New Jersey 13.15% (USA) $40.00.
93 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $32.00.
91 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 12.7% (USA) $32.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Muscat, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Reserve, Petit Manseng, New Jersey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.

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.