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Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$48

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
Violet color. Aromas of ripe plum, honeyed pastry, black tea, and tonka bean with a lightly tannic, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a captivating, medium-long underripe cassis and fine dark chocolate finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A finessed and structured red that will improve dramatically with cellar time; buy now and drink 2023 on.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe plum, honeyed pastry, black tea, and tonka bean
Taste Flavor: underripe cassis and fine dark chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A finessed and structured red that will improve dramatically with cellar time; buy now and drink 2023 on.

The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

The Producer
25701 Hwy 128
Yorkville, CA 95494
USA
1 707-894-9177

Their Portfolio

91 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Estate, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2013 Reserve Rennie Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2013 M-PV Same Vine Rennie Estate, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
84 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Eleanor of Aquitaine Randle Hill Vineyard White Blend, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $46.00.
82 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Amber Folly, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Brut Rosé Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
94 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
95 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 M-PV Same Vine, Malbec-Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands-Mendocino County 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.

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.