Full Review

Braganini

Braganini
2020 Winemaker Series Reserve BDX Red Blend, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Braganini
2020 Winemaker Series Reserve BDX Red Blend, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red and black cassis, dried garden herbs, plum and cherry, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish conveying overtones of tart plum, leather and cedar shavings, and cassis with well-integrated, woody, drying tannins and light oak flavor. Drink this instead of grand Cru classe Bordeaux; pour it for your wine friends in a blind and see if they believe this is from Michigan.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: red and black cassis, dried garden herbs, plum and cherry, and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of tart plum, leather and cedar shavings, and cassis
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Drink this instead of grand Cru classe Bordeaux; pour it for your wine friends in a blind and see if they believe this is from Michigan.

The Producer

St. Julian Wine Co. Inc.

The Producer
716 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
USA
1 269-657-5568

Their Portfolio

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90 Braganini 2021 Mountain Road Estate Reserve, Riesling, Lake Michigan Shore 12% (USA) $21.00.
90 Braganini 2022 Winemaker Series Reserve Gewurztraminer/Riesling, Lake Michigan Shore 12% (USA) $21.00.
88 Braganini 2021 Reserve, Viognier, Lake Michigan Shore 11% (USA) $21.00.
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88 Braganini 2021 Mountain Road Estate Reserve Rosé, Lake Michigan Shore 13% (USA) $16.00.
91 Braganini 2020 Winemaker Series Reserve BDX Red Blend, Lake Michigan Shore 13% (USA) $29.00.
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92 St. Julian NV Gru V Bubbly, Gruner Veltliner, Lake Michigan Shore 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 St. Julian NV Cherry Wine, Lake Michigan Shore 11% (USA) $8.00.
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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.