Full Review

Pend D’Oreille

Pend D’Oreille
2021 L’Oeuvre Reserve Blend Red, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

Pend D’Oreille
2021 L’Oeuvre Reserve Blend Red, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of brownie batter, dried red and black fruit, burning incense in a Shinto shrine, and violets with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of cassis, red and black cherry, plum with dates and figs, and herbs de provence with chewy, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A complex and delicious Bordeaux blend that has fruit but truly stands apart by the complex and savory qualities of this wine that will make it a delight with dinner pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: brownie batter, dried red and black fruit, burning incense in a Shinto shrine, and violets
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of cassis, red and black cherry, plum with dates and figs, and herbs de provence
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and delicious Bordeaux blend that has fruit but truly stands apart by the complex and savory qualities of this wine that will make it a delight with dinner pairings.

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.