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Porterhouse Winery

Porterhouse Winery
2019 Blackridge Vineyard Reserve Black Label Red Blend, Santa Cruz Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$90
Cellar Selection

Porterhouse Winery
2019 Blackridge Vineyard Reserve Black Label Red Blend, Santa Cruz Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, chocolate brownie, cedar and plum, and blackberry and lingonberry with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish imparting overtones of chocolate, cherry, blackberry, and leather with medium, firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and robust red with dark fruit flavors beautifully balanced with earthy chocolate and cherry undertones.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: cherry, chocolate brownie, cedar and plum, and blackberry and lingonberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of chocolate, cherry, blackberry, and leather
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and robust red with dark fruit flavors beautifully balanced with earthy chocolate and cherry undertones.

The Producer

Porterhouse Winery

The Producer
2435 Briarwood Dr.
San Jose, CA 95125
USA
1 408-656-1230

Their Portfolio

89 Christeni Vineyards 2018 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.4% (USA) $40.00.
91 Christeni Vineyards 2014 Anderson Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $42.00.
90 Christeni Vineyards 2017 Parker McCollum - Probably Wrong, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
86 Christeni Vineyards 2020 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You, Sauvignon Blanc, El Dorado 12.8% (USA) $30.00.
BR Christeni Vineyards 2019 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You, Central Coast 13.8% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Christeni Vineyards 2019 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
91 Comartin Cellars 2020 R-Bar-R Ranch Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 14.4% (USA) $64.00.
88 Comartin Cellars 2021 R-Bar-R Ranch, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 14.4% (USA) $64.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2018 Black Label Reserve Red Blend, Santa Ynez Valley 14.4% (USA) $60.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $95.00.
91 Porterhouse Winery 2018 Blackridge Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
93 Porterhouse Winery 2016 Creekside Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $58.00.
90 Porterhouse Winery 2019 Blackridge Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
93 Porterhouse Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $100.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $100.00.
92 Porterhouse Winery 2019 Blackridge Vineyard Reserve Black Label Red Blend, Santa Cruz Mountains 13.9% (USA) $90.00.
91 Porterhouse Winery 2019 Blackridge Vineyard Black Label Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains 13.9% (USA) $90.00.

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.