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Tricyclo

Tricyclo
2017 Cabernet Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Tricyclo
2017 Cabernet Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dull garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, bbq rub and woods, honey roasted green pepper, and hint of clay and wax with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, long finish with notes of spiced craisins and currants, cocoa dusted nuts, and vanilla cream with soft, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nuanced and effortlessly drinkable Chilean red blend that charms and entices.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, bbq rub and woods, honey roasted green pepper, and hint of clay and wax
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced craisins and currants, cocoa dusted nuts, and vanilla cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Short Ribs, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nuanced and effortlessly drinkable Chilean red blend that charms and entices.

The Importer

Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle S.A.

The Importer
Amunategui 178, Piso 5
Santiago,
Chile
56 -+56225406211

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.