Full Review

White Horse Winery

White Horse Winery
Charger Semi Dry Blend, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$23

White Horse Winery
Charger Semi Dry Blend, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked berry cobbler, candied cassis, vanilla gelato, cinnamon, clove and allspice, coconut cream, and dill with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and ripe Bordeaux varietal blend with an off-dry, outgoing personality.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked berry cobbler, candied cassis, vanilla gelato, cinnamon, clove and allspice, coconut cream, and dill
Taste Flavor: baked berry cobbler, candied cassis, vanilla gelato, cinnamon, clove and allspice, coconut cream, and dill
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dense and ripe Bordeaux varietal blend with an off-dry, outgoing personality.

The Producer

White Horse Winery

The Producer
106 Hall Street
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-270-1411

Their Portfolio

91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
85 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $37.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Rosé, American 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American 13.6% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Vintner’s Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2018 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $29.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $19.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain 12.3% (USA) $23.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $29.00.
90 White Horse Winery 2019 Solera Estate Red Blend, American 13.6% (USA) $54.00.
87 White Horse Winery Charger Semi Dry Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $23.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2018 Vintner’s White , American 11.8% (USA) $22.00.
BR White Horse Winery 2019 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
89 White Horse Winery 2019 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2019 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2019 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $29.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2018 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
90 White Horse Winery 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American 12.2% (USA) $42.00.
BR White Horse Winery NV Painted White, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR White Horse Winery NV Painted Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
92 White Horse Winery 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $42.00.

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.