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Ledson

Ledson
2013 Tiamo Red Blend, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.3%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$86.00
Cellar Selection

Ledson
2013 Tiamo Red Blend, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.3%
Opaque violet color. Earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, saddle leather, creme brulee, and berry tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, cedar, spiced nectarines, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced red blend with fine oak.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dark roasted nuts, saddle leather, creme brulee, and berry tart
Taste Flavor: vanilla nut brittle, cedar, spiced nectarines, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dry-Aged Sirloin From A Free Range Cow, Rack of Baby Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely balanced red blend with fine oak.
The Producer

Ledson Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
PO Box 653
Kenwood, CA 95452
USA
1 707-537-3810
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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