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White Pine

White Pine
2016 Serendipity Red Blend Reserve, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 0.2%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26.99

White Pine
2016 Serendipity Red Blend Reserve, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 0.2%
Ruby garnet color. Attractive aromas of cherry hard candies, pomegranate glaze, leather, soy sauce, grilled beets, and toasted nuts with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long tomatillo, red plum, steak seasoning, maple, and baked berry compote finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Lake Michigan Shore’s successful take on Bordeaux varietals.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cherry hard candies, pomegranate glaze, leather, soy sauce, grilled beets, and toasted nuts
Taste Flavor: tomatillo, red plum, steak seasoning, maple, and baked berry compote
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: Lake Michigan Shore's successful take on Bordeaux varietals.

The Producer

White Pine Winery

The Producer
317 State St
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
USA
1 269-281-0098

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.