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Tres Palacios

Tres Palacios
2014 Cholqui Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
Cellar Selection

Tres Palacios
2014 Cholqui Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby black color. Spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of smoked pickle, dark berry pie crust, cedar planks, and cocoa with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of roasted nuts, charcoal dust, and grilled apricot with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A very savory, smoky, red blend that will excel with grilled meats.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: smoked pickle, dark berry pie crust, cedar planks, and cocoa
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of roasted nuts, charcoal dust, and grilled apricot
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Grilled Lamb Chops, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very savory, smoky, red blend that will excel with grilled meats.

The Producer

Bodegas Y Viñedos Tres Palacios

The Producer
Magnere 1543
Santiago,
Chile
56 -222359852

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.