Full Review

Daydream Wines

Daydream Wines
2015 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60
Cellar Selection

Daydream Wines
2015 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, chocolate toffee, coconut creme brulee, and cedar incense with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of honeyed oranges and ruby grapefruit, roasted vanilla nuts, and hint of pepper jelly with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A super, supple, juicy red blend with great fruit and instant appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries, chocolate toffee, coconut creme brulee, and cedar incense
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of honeyed oranges and ruby grapefruit, roasted vanilla nuts, and hint of pepper jelly
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Turkey Leg, Bacon Cheeseburger, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super, supple, juicy red blend with great fruit and instant appeal.

The Producer

GL Jr Wine LLC

The Producer
1620 East Avenue
Napa, CA 94559
USA
1 707-363-0680

Their Portfolio

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.