Full Review

Spangler

Spangler
2016 Claret, Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28
Cellar Selection

Spangler
2016 Claret, Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, patent leather, serrano ham, aromatic barks, basil, and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brooding red with layers of intriguing flavor; outstanding aging potential.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: huckleberry jam, patent leather, serrano ham, aromatic barks, basil, and vanilla bean
Taste Flavor: huckleberry jam, patent leather, serrano ham, aromatic barks, basil, and vanilla bean
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A brooding red with layers of intriguing flavor; outstanding aging potential.

The Producer

Spangler Vineyards

The Producer
491 Winery Ln
Roseburg, OR 97471
USA
1 541-679-9654

Their Portfolio

85 Spangler 2015 Chardonnay, Southern Oregon 14% (USA) $21.00.
89 Spangler 2013 Zinfandel, Southern Oregon 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2013 Malbec, Southern Oregon 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Spangler 2013 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
85 Spangler 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
88 Spangler 2013 Claret, Southern Oregon 14.4% (USA) $28.00.
94 Spangler 2014 Zinfandel, Oregon 15.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 Spangler 2014 Sangiovese, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
80 Spangler 2013 Tempranillo, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
88 Spangler 2014 Tempranillo, Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
93 Spangler 2014 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 14.8% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2014 Merlot, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
92 Spangler 2014 Petit Verdot, Oregon 14.9% (USA) $38.00.
91 Spangler 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
90 Spangler 2015 Carmenère, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2014 Claret, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
94 Spangler 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon 14% (USA) $49.00.
89 Spangler 2016 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
89 Spangler 2016 Merlot, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
96 Spangler 2016 Petit Verdot, Oregon 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
95 Spangler 2016 Claret, Oregon 14% (USA) $28.00.
92 Spangler 2016 Carmenère, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $35.00.
94 Spangler 2015 Petit Verdot, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $35.00.

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.