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Oso Libre Winery

Oso Libre Winery
2018 Estate Reserva Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$62

Oso Libre Winery
2018 Estate Reserva Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and coffee bean, saddle leather, red and black fruit preserves, and strawberry frosting with an medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that exhibits notes of red and black fruits, cedar and bell pepper, cherry garcia ice cream, and black forest cake with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward New World red wine that would pair well with grilled meats.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mocha and coffee bean, saddle leather, red and black fruit preserves, and strawberry frosting
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red and black fruits, cedar and bell pepper, cherry garcia ice cream, and black forest cake
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward New World red wine that would pair well with grilled meats.

The Producer

Oso Libre Winery

The Producer
7383 Vineyard Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-238-3378

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.