Full Review
Radovanovic

Radovanovic
2013 Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sumadija

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Serbia
Alcohol: 14%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Radovanovic
2013 Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sumadija

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Serbia
Alcohol: 14%
Brown brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted green peppers and mushrooms, soy, cocoa berries, and clay with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long bouillon, craisin, nutskin, and pepper finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A dry, savory earthy red blend reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux Superior.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: roasted green peppers and mushrooms, soy, cocoa berries, and clay
Taste Flavor: bouillon, craisin, nutskin, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Entrecote Bordelaise, Roast Leg of Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, savory earthy red blend reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux Superior.
The Importer

LAV Imports

The Importer
5301 N. Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
USA
1 847-910-0160
Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.