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Keswick Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards
2017 Heritage Estate Reserve Red Blend, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$74
Cellar Selection

Keswick Vineyards
2017 Heritage Estate Reserve Red Blend, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, black tea, vanilla yogurt, black olives, gingerbread, and sandalwood with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of dark chocolate, licorice, and dried mint with moderate oak flavor. A lovely take on the Bordeaux Blend from Virginia; serious and steak-worthy.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full, Crisp & Lively & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: chocolate-covered cherries, black tea, vanilla yogurt, black olives, gingerbread, and sandalwood
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of dark chocolate, licorice, and dried mint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely take on the Bordeaux Blend from Virginia; serious and steak-worthy.

The Producer

Keswick Vineyards

The Producer
1575 Keswick Winery Dr
Keswick, VA 22947
USA
1 434-244-3341

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.