Full Review

Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .03%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$45

Le Vigne
2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .03%
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, sweet pickle relish, and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying shades of chocolate nuts and buttery praline with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice supple red blend with pleasing fruit and fine tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: chocolate mint, sweet pickle relish, and berry pie
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of chocolate nuts and buttery praline
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Sweet & Sour Pork, Lamb Tagine, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice supple red blend with pleasing fruit and fine tannins.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

The Producer
5115 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4000

Their Portfolio

92 Kiara 2015 Private Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
91 Kiara 2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kiara Bella 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
84 Kiara Bella 2016 Moscato, California 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Le Vigne 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $21.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $19.00.
89 Le Vigne 2015 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
86 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $41.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 Le Vigne 2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
94 Le Vigne 2014 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
93 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Grenache, Paso Robles 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
95 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Malbec, Paso Robles 14.3% (USA) $37.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $23.00.
85 Le Vigne 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
84 Le Vigne 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
92 Le Vigne 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Le Vigne 2017 Rosé, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
90 Le Vigne 2015 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
82 Le Vigne 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
86 Le Vigne 2015 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 Le Vigne 2017 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $23.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Di Acquarello, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $37.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $44.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $47.00.
90 Le Vigne 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $26.00.

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.