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Tricyclo

Tricyclo
2017 Merlot Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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Cellar Selection

Tricyclo
2017 Merlot Blend, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Pale deep purple color. Spicy aromas and flavors of smoked sweet peppers and peppercorns, dark chocolate, and berry-beet relish with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-to-long lime spritzed roasted carrots and Brussels sprouts, craisin, caramelized dark roasted nuts, and earth finish with soft, earthy tannins and light oak. A dry and well balanced red blend that will accentuate a nice meaty dinner; give this a rest in the cellar for a year or two and it will improve.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Old World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: smoked sweet peppers and peppercorns, dark chocolate, and berry-beet relish
Taste Flavor: lime spritzed roasted carrots and Brussels sprouts, craisin, caramelized dark roasted nuts, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braised Argentine Steaks, Lamb Kebobs, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry and well balanced red blend that will accentuate a nice meaty dinner; give this a rest in the cellar for a year or two and it will improve.

The Producer

Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle S.A.

The Producer
Amunategui 178, Piso 5
Santiago,
-+56225406211

Bordeaux 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.