Full Review

Highwayman

Highwayman
2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48

Highwayman
2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of craisins and prunes, cocoa, spiced nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long hint of meat and tomato, coconut husk, earth, and pepper finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A dark, brooding age-worthy red blend that will excel with spicy meat dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, rich & full & savory
Aroma Aroma: craisins and prunes, cocoa, spiced nuts, and leather
Taste Flavor: hint of meat and tomato, coconut husk, earth, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Sauerbraten, Lamb Curry, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dark, brooding age-worthy red blend that will excel with spicy meat dishes.

The Producer

Highway 12 Winery

The Producer
21481 Eighth St. E., #3
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-1012

Their Portfolio

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88 Anthony/Koster 2014 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
93 Carneros 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros 14.1% (USA) $.00.
89 Carneros Highway 2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.2% (USA) $22.00.
85 Carneros Highway 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 13.2% (USA) $19.50.
88 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
86 Carneros Highway 2016 Nueva, Chardonnay, Los Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
86 Highway 12 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $15.50.
91 Highway 12 2014 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
86 Highway 12 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $15.50.
85 Highway 12 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
92 Highway 12 2014 Serres Ranch Single Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
87 Highway 12 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Highway 12 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
93 Highway 12 2015 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
90 Highway 12 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
88 Highway 12 2015 Merlot, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
84 Highway 12 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $15.50.
83 Highway 12 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
93 Highwayman 2012 Reserve Trailblazer, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
92 Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
93 Highwayman 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 "Trailblazer" Red Wine, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
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89 Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
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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.