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Notre Vue Estate

Notre Vue Estate
2014 Vineyard Blocks 37.35A.7G Red Blend, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$59

Notre Vue Estate
2014 Vineyard Blocks 37.35A.7G Red Blend, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of blackberry coulis, blueberry pie, patent leather, polished fine furniture, and spiced red apple jelly with a velvety, bright, fruity full body and a polished, elegant, medium-long cured meats, rose petals in syrup, coconut flour, and grand marnier filled chocolates finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big and brooding red from Chalk Hill for rich steaks and great company.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blackberry coulis, blueberry pie, patent leather, polished fine furniture, and spiced red apple jelly
Taste Flavor: cured meats, rose petals in syrup, coconut flour, and grand marnier filled chocolates
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Steak With Red Wine Demi-Glace, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big and brooding red from Chalk Hill for rich steaks and great company.

The Importer

Notre Vue Estate Wine Group

The Importer
PO Box 1680
Windsor, CA 95492
USA
1 707-433-4050

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.