Full Review

William Heritage

William Heritage
2020 Estate Reserve Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42

William Heritage
2020 Estate Reserve Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry and plum, pomegranate juice, and lilac and chive with a silky, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish evoking nuances of red cherry, plum and sweet pepper, baking spice, and chocolate covered espresso bean and dried blueberries with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A stellar example of New World meets Old World; would pair nicely with a variety of entrees.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: red cherry and plum, pomegranate juice, and lilac and chive
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of red cherry, plum and sweet pepper, baking spice, and chocolate covered espresso bean and dried blueberries
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A stellar example of New World meets Old World; would pair nicely with a variety of entrees.

The Producer

William Heritage Winery

The Producer
480 Mullica Hill Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
USA
1 856-589-4474

Their Portfolio

87 The Real House Wines of New Jersey NV Vino Vixen Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
92 William Heritage 2020 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $26.00.
85 William Heritage 2020 Viognier, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $24.00.
91 William Heritage 2020 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $24.00.
90 William Heritage 2020 Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
90 William Heritage 2019 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 William Heritage 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
85 William Heritage 2019 Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $35.00.
88 William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Blancs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.4% (USA) $40.00.
92 William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $46.00.
89 William Heritage 2021 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $32.00.
89 William Heritage 2021 Limited Release, Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $34.00.
87 William Heritage 2021 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $38.00.
94 William Heritage 2021 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $26.00.
92 William Heritage 2021 Estate Reserve Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $34.00.
94 William Heritage 2020 Estate Reserve Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $42.00.
94 William Heritage 2019 Estate Reserve Norman’s Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $48.00.
87 William Heritage 2020 Estate Reserve Burn Pile Vineyard, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $48.00.
95 William Heritage 2019 Reserve BDX Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $50.00.

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.