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Mira Winery

Mira Winery
2021 Jimmy D’s Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: .1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65

Mira Winery
2021 Jimmy D’s Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: .1%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered toffee biscotti, black cherry, and marzipan with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of cocoa and toffee, black cherry and blackberry, almond paste, and vanilla and leather. The ripe fruit on the nose pulls you in and the bright acidity keeps you coming back for more; a great example of a food friendly red blend from Napa Valley.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered toffee biscotti, black cherry, and marzipan
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cocoa and toffee, black cherry and blackberry, almond paste, and vanilla and leather
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: The ripe fruit on the nose pulls you in and the bright acidity keeps you coming back for more; a great example of a food friendly red blend from Napa Valley.

The Producer

Mira Winery

The Producer
433 Soscol Ave Suite A100-3
Napa, CA 94559
USA
1 843-722-9670

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.