Full Review

Jarvis

Jarvis
2018 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$325
Cellar Selection

Jarvis
2018 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, cassis, and herbs and vanilla with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish with suggestions of boysenberry and loganberry, sweet baking spices, pipe tobacco, and vanilla creme fraiche on sautéed herbs with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very tasty wine that compels you to drink more; intense, complex and leaves you pondering where any one variety begins or ends.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: plum, cherry, cassis, and herbs and vanilla
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of boysenberry and loganberry, sweet baking spices, pipe tobacco, and vanilla creme fraiche on sautéed herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty wine that compels you to drink more; intense, complex and leaves you pondering where any one variety begins or ends.

The Producer

Jarvis Estate

The Producer
2970 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-5280

Their Portfolio

94 Jarvis 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $85.00.
96 Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $150.00.
95 Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $165.00.
90 Jarvis 2017 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $90.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $150.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $180.00.
95 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $160.00.
89 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $270.00.
BR Jarvis 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Jarvis 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $230.00.
89 Jarvis 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $400.00.
94 Jarvis 2019 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $220.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Tempranillo, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $95.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $310.00.
91 Jarvis 2020 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $95.00.
93 Jarvis 2020 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $175.00.
94 Jarvis 2020 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
91 Jarvis 2019 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $110.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $325.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $230.00.
92 Jarvis 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $105.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $215.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $185.00.
94 Jarvis 2015 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $180.00.
93 Jarvis 2013 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $215.00.
94 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $210.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $205.00.

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.