Full Review

Maryhill

Maryhill
2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .01%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.95

Maryhill
2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .01%
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of black peppercorn, boysenberry tart, and cherry pipe tobacco with a velvety, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, vanilla custard and baking spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A supple and delicious red blend for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: black peppercorn, boysenberry tart, and cherry pipe tobacco
Taste Flavor: Smooth, Interesting, Medium-Long, vanilla custard and baking spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple and delicious red blend for all occasions.

The Producer

Maryhill Winery

The Producer
9774 Hwy 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
USA
1 509-773-1976

Their Portfolio

90 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $24.95.
86 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14.6% (USA) $36.00.
90 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Clifton Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.6% (USA) $40.00.
91 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
92 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Alder Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14.4% (USA) $40.00.
89 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
92 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.95.
85 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $24.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 "Winemaker’s Red", Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 "Winemaker’s White", Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Grenache, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $19.95.
86 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
91 Maryhill 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $16.95.
84 Maryhill 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
91 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.

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.