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Plagido’s Winery

Plagido’s Winery
2017 Red Blend, Cabernet-Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25.99
Cellar Selection

Plagido’s Winery
2017 Red Blend, Cabernet-Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, sappy pine, and dried cherry and mint with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of braised spiced apple, pomegranate, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cedar with soft, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A robust, chewy red blend that will be great with steaks.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: butter roasted nuts, sappy pine, and dried cherry and mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of braised spiced apple, pomegranate, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Grilled Lamb Chops With A Rosemary Sauce, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust, chewy red blend that will be great with steaks.

The Producer

Plagido's Winery

The Producer
570 N 1st Rd
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-567-4633

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.