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Pend D’Oreille

Pend D’Oreille
2020 Bistro Rouge Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19

Pend D’Oreille
2020 Bistro Rouge Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla fudge, black plum, leather, and coffee bean with a round, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish displaying shades of black plum and black cherry, green coffee bean and ruby red grapefruit pith, cocoa, and potting soil with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. Big and bold with rich chocolate but also with notes of herbaceousness to balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: vanilla fudge, black plum, leather, and coffee bean
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of black plum and black cherry, green coffee bean and ruby red grapefruit pith, cocoa, and potting soil
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Big and bold with rich chocolate but also with notes of herbaceousness to balance.

The Producer

Pend d'Oreille Winery

The Producer
301 Cedar Street Suite 101
Sandpoint, ID 83864
USA
1 208-265-8545

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.