Full Review

True Oak Estate

True Oak Estate
2020 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .3%
Certified Sustainable
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34

True Oak Estate
2020 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .3%
Garnet black color. Aromas of black plum and fig, red cherry, red and black cassis, grilled red bell pepper, clove, and cedar shavings, and mocha and vanilla with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length plum, cassis, and cherry, herbs de provence and cedar, and mocha and baking spice finish with medium, silky, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A very approachable and food friendly Merlot forward blend with vibrant New World fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: black plum and fig, red cherry, red and black cassis, grilled red bell pepper, clove, and cedar shavings, and mocha and vanilla
Taste Flavor: plum, cassis, and cherry, herbs de provence and cedar, and mocha and baking spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very approachable and food friendly Merlot forward blend with vibrant New World fruit.

The Producer

Plata Wine Partners

The Producer
855 Bordeaux Way, Suite 100
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-261-8740

Their Portfolio

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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.