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Narmada Winery

Narmada Winery
2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia

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Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$30

Narmada Winery
2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia

Pair this wine with:

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: <1%
Ruby color. Aromas of cassis, warm candle, ripe peaches and plums, and stroopwafel with a bright, fruity medium body and a short-lived tobacco finish. A smooth red blend from Virginia.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cassis, warm candle, ripe peaches and plums, and stroopwafel
Taste Flavor: tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing:
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smooth red blend from Virginia.

The Producer

Narmada Winery

The Producer
43 Narmada Ln
Amissville, VA 20106
USA
1 540-937-8215

Their Portfolio

83 Narmada Winery 2011 Reserve, Chardonnay, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 MOM White Blend, Virginia 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
85 Narmada Winery 2015 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Viognier, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $27.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2012 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.1% (USA) $38.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2014 Midnight Red , Chambourcin, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Dream, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $22.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2014 Reflection, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 14.3% (USA) $27.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2017 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend, Virginia 14.27% (USA) $20.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Gulabi Rosé, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine 13.95% (USA) $25.00.
84 Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine, Virginia 18% (USA) $36.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $30.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2018 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $21.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2018 Gulabi Rosé, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia 19.2% (USA) $69.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine, Virginia 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Narmada Winery NV Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Malbec, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Narmada Winery 2017 Tannat, Virginia 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $39.00.

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.