Full Review

Corner 103

Corner 103
2018 Inspiration Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75

Corner 103
2018 Inspiration Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of bell pepper, dark chocolate, sassafras, and cranberry with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a warming, involved, very long finish with notes of black currant, prune, black licorice, and vintage leather with woody, well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. Juicy and inviting Red Bordeaux that shows complexity and promise for years ahead.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: bell pepper, dark chocolate, sassafras, and cranberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of black currant, prune, black licorice, and vintage leather
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Juicy and inviting Red Bordeaux that shows complexity and promise for years ahead.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

86 Corner 103 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain 15.8% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.2% (USA) $40.00.
85 Corner 103 2018 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Corner 103 2018 Marsanne Roussane, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
BR Corner 103 2017 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.6% (USA) $50.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Corner 103 2020 Grenache Blanc, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $35.00.
87 Corner 103 2019 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Corner 103 2017 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.6% (USA) $55.00.
91 Corner 103 2020 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Corner 103 2018 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $55.00.
93 Corner 103 2018 Inspiration Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $75.00.
90 Corner 103 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 15.4% (USA) $60.00.
95 Corner 103 2018 Petit Verdot, Alexander Valley 15% (USA) $60.00.
90 Corner 103 2019 Malbec, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $55.00.
91 Corner 103 2019 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Central Coast 15.3% (USA) $50.00.
92 Corner 103 2019 Syrah, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2019 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 15% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2020 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 14.5% (USA) $45.00.
87 Corner 103 2019 Marsanne-Roussanne, Alexander Valley 14.3% (USA) $35.00.

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.