Full Review

I THINK

I THINK
NV Red Blend

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
Best Buy

I THINK
NV Red Blend

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla gelato with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy cranberry sorbet, dried cherry, and minerals finish with earthy, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy and light-bodied Bordeaux varietal blend for pinot noir lovers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: cherry-vanilla gelato
Taste Flavor: cranberry sorbet, dried cherry, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pork Chops, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy and light-bodied Bordeaux varietal blend for pinot noir lovers.

The Producer

Easley Winery

The Producer
205 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202
USA
1 317-636-4516

Their Portfolio

85 Easley NV "I Think" Red Blend 14.6% (USA) $14.99.
90 Easley 2015 Unoaked, Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $9.99.
87 Easley 2015 Riesling 12% (USA) $9.99.
87 Easley NV Reggae White Blend 10% (USA) $6.99.
85 Easley NV Barrel Red Wine 10% (USA) $7.99.
86 Easley NV Cranberry Jubilee 8% (USA) $7.99.
83 Easley 2016 Traminette, American 11% (USA) $8.99.
87 Easley 2016 Riesling, American 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Easley NV Reggae White 10% (USA) $6.99.
85 Easley NV Sweet Tulip, Moscato, American 10% (USA) $6.99.
85 Easley NV Reggae Red 10% (USA) $6.99.
84 Easley NV Reggae Blush 10% (USA) $6.99.
86 Easley NV Reggae White 10% (USA) $6.99.
87 Easley NV Sweel Barrel Red 10% (USA) $6.99.
92 Easley NV Blueberry Jubilee 10% (USA) $8.99.
87 Easley NV Reggae Sangria 10% (USA) $6.99.
87 Easley NV Reggae Margarita 11% (USA) $6.99.
84 Easley NV Cranberry Jubilee, Muscat 8% (USA) $8.99.
89 Easley NV Reggae Red 10% (USA) $6.99.
86 Easley NV Reggae White 10% (USA) $6.99.
85 Easley NV Reggae Blush 10% (USA) $6.99.
84 Easley NV Reggae Sangria 10% (USA) $10.00.
90 Easley NV Reggae Margarita 11% (USA) $6.99.
88 Easley NV Sweet Tulip Red 10% (USA) $6.99.
86 Easley NV Sweet Tulip Off-Dry, Moscato, American 10% (USA) $6.99.
83 Easley NV Sweet Tulip Pink Moscato, American 10% (USA) $6.99.
83 Easley NV Sweel Barrel Red 10% (USA) $7.99.
84 Easley NV Sweet Barrel White 10% (USA) $7.99.
86 Easley NV Cranberry Jubilee 8% (USA) $8.99.
90 Easley Regel Tej Mead 10% (USA) $8.99.
87 I THINK NV Red Blend 13.6% (USA) $14.99.
84 No Opposition 2016 Chardonnay, American 12% (USA) $9.99.
84 No Opposition NV Red Blend 13% (USA) $9.99.
82 No Opposition 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
85 No Opposition NV Red Blend 13% (USA) $9.99.
84 No Opposition 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
87 No Opposition 2016 Chardonnay 12% (USA) $9.99.
85 Sweet Tulip NV White Moscato 10% (USA) $6.99.
86 Sweet Tulip NV Sweet Tulip Red 10% (USA) $6.99.
88 Sweet Tulip NV Sweet Tulip Pink Moscato, Muscat 10% (USA) $6.99.

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.