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Greyscale
2018 Stage 1 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55

Greyscale
2018 Stage 1 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of squid ink pasta, wild berries on a forest floor, olives and onion relish in a pewter bowl, and leather book and varnished wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish that exhibits elements of blackberry tart with creme anglaise, pomegranate chutney, spiced toffee, and cedar with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, earthy, Old World styled Cabernet on the nose reveals a New World cousin on the palate wrapped in cloak of cedary oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: squid ink pasta, wild berries on a forest floor, olives and onion relish in a pewter bowl, and leather book and varnished wood
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of blackberry tart with creme anglaise, pomegranate chutney, spiced toffee, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely, earthy, Old World styled Cabernet on the nose reveals a New World cousin on the palate wrapped in cloak of cedary oak.

The Producer

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The Producer
PO Box 213
Orinda, CA 94563
USA
1 925-255-5187

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.