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Polvaro Tenuta

Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Nero Red Blend, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16

Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Nero Red Blend, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dill, marinated beets, peony blossom, and morello cherry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length dark chocolate and dried blueberry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Interesting aromas charm in this earthy, table-friendly red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: dill, marinated beets, peony blossom, and morello cherry
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate and dried blueberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Interesting aromas charm in this earthy, table-friendly red.

The Producer

Tenuta Polvaro

The Producer
Via Polvaro 35
Annone Veneto,
Italy

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.