Full Review

San Simeon

San Simeon
2015 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$50

San Simeon
2015 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of dried plum, ripe raspberry, strawberry confit, black licorice, spearmint, and new leather with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of chocolate ganache with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A well-structured red blend with kisses of sweet fruits and layers leathery strength.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried plum, ripe raspberry, strawberry confit, black licorice, spearmint, and new leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate genache
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Hanger Steak, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well-structured red blend with kisses of sweet fruits and layers leathery strength.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

Their Portfolio

90 Highlands 41 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
BR Highlands 41 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey County 14.9% (USA) $25.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Maddalena 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Rosee, Paso Robles 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
92 Maddalena 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $22.00.
89 Maddalena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
87 Maddalena 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
BR Maddalena 2015 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Maddalena 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
BR Maddalena 2016 Semi-Sweet, Riesling, Monterey 11.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Maddalena 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
88 Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Maddalena 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 13.9% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Maddalena 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
93 Maddalena 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Maddalena 2018 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
89 Mariella 2018 Rosé, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal 11.5% (Portugal) $16.00.
91 Opaque 2012 Irick Vineyard, Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Opaque 2012 Petit Verdot, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 Opaque 2015 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $32.00.
92 Opaque 2015 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Opaque 2013 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Opaque 2016 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Opaque 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $32.00.
90 Opaque 2015 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
93 Opaque 2015 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $36.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Darkness, Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Riboli Family Vineyard 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
BR Rosa 22 Rosé Aperitivo Liqueur 15% (Italy) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR San Antonio NV Cardinale Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 11.5% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 San Antonio NV Granada Tropical Sweet Pink Flavored Wine, California 11% (USA) $10.00.
BR San Antonio NV Villadoro Moscato, California 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
BR San Antonio NV Imperial Semi-Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
95 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $27.00.
86 San Simeon 2016 Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
92 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2014 Stormwatch Estate Reserve, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
85 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $22.00.
86 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2014 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 San Simeon 2017 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 San Simeon 2018 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
95 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $35.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2018 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 San Simeon 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
94 San Simeon 2016 Stormwatch, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $90.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Sparkling Orange Moscato, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Rosso, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
89 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Platinum, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $15.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Pink, Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Black Lux Sparkling Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
91 Stella Rosa NV Rosso Lux Demi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Gold, Italy 10% (Italy) $14.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Berry, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet, Moscato d’Asti 12% (Italy) $12.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $16.00.
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89 Stella Rosa NV Black Lux Imperiale Semi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Pink, Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Platinum, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Moscato Orange, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Gold Semi-Sweet Wine, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
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86 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Rosé Wine Specialty 6.5% (Italy) $14.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Stella Pink Wine Specialty 5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Red Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Tropical Mango Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Platinum Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Pink Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Berry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco, Chardonnay, Italy 11% (Italy) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Pearl Lux Sparkling Rosé, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $14.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $25.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Blueberry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Pineapple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Stella Rosa NV Watermelon Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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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.