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Highwayman

Highwayman
2014 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48.00

Highwayman
2014 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and cocoa roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long melted toffee and spiced craisins finish with silky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A supple and inviting red blend with subtle fruit and nicely integrated tannins.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dried berries and cocoa roasted nuts
Taste Flavor: melted toffee and spiced craisins
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Filet Mignon, Duck Lasagna, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple and inviting red blend with subtle fruit and nicely integrated tannins.
The Producer

Highway 12 Winery

The Producer
21481 Eighth St. E., #3
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-1012
Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.
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