Full Review

Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg Winery
2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .3%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$42

Williamsburg Winery
2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .3%
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cassis tart, baby powder, thicket, and smoky roasted espresso bean with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy pomegranate, spiced plump raisin, chocolate, and toasty oak finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rustic Bordeaux varietal blend with a great sense of place; fun to pair with.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Savory & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: cassis tart, baby powder, thicket, and smoky roasted espresso bean
Taste Flavor: pomegranate, spiced plump raisin, chocolate, and toasty oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Veal Piccata
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rustic Bordeaux varietal blend with a great sense of place; fun to pair with.

The Producer

The Williamsburg Winery

The Producer
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, VA 23185
USA
1 757-258-0899

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.