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Jacob’s Creek

Jacob’s Creek
2015 Classic, Cabernet-Merlot, South-Eastern Australia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11
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Jacob’s Creek
2015 Classic, Cabernet-Merlot, South-Eastern Australia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Minty aromas of carob chip, menthol, bromine, and underripe blackberry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, cheery toffee coated blueberries, savory herbs and peppery spices, and black licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A balanced Cab-Merlot blend with nice herbal notes and fruity style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: carob chip, menthol, bromine, and underripe blackberry
Taste Flavor: toffee coated blueberries, savory herbs and peppery spices, and black licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Kabobs, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced Cab-Merlot blend with nice herbal notes and fruity style.

The Producer or Importer

Pernod Ricard USA

The Producer or  Importer
250 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10177
USA
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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.