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Tricyclo

Tricyclo
2017 Malbec Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb 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 Malbec Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Bright deep purple color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie, spiced blueberries and black raspberries in cream, hint of alpine herbs and menthol, and root vegetables and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish conveying notes of pomegranate, chocolate tangerine peel, and ground nuts with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A deliciously spicy and herbal malbec-forward red blend that will appeal to Aussie shiraz fans.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Savory, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate mint cookie, spiced blueberries and black raspberries in cream, hint of alpine herbs and menthol, and root vegetables and sandalwood incense
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of pomegranate, chocolate tangerine peel, and ground nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Mongolian Beef, Lamb Tagine, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A deliciously spicy and herbal malbec-forward red blend that will appeal to Aussie shiraz fans.

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.