Wine Blends offer the winemaker the opportunity to adjust the weight and balance of his wine to create a pleasing alternative to the individual varietals. Or, to lower the on hand inventory of unused and unsold barrels sitting idle. The blending almost always results in a better wine because of the ability to make small adjustments with wines of dissimilar properties. Try it yourself if you are ever at a party and several bottles of wine are open. Seek the perfect blend to suit your tastes.
2013 Don Valentin Bianchi Lacrado, Argentina
List price 12.00; Our price 9.99
The Bianchi Lacrado is the most popular traditional Argentine wine in the Valentin Bianchi portfolio. This wine exhibits robust intensity and a great, perfume-like nose. The palate is velvety-smooth, with a complex display of flavors. It has a medium-long, pleasing finish. It’s a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec.
2016 Yarden Mount Hermon Red, Galilee, Israel
List price 14.99; Our price 12.99
Yarden Kosher red was produced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, all grown in the Golan Heights. The cool climate, rocky volcanic soil, and high altitude are ideal conditions for growing classic wine grape varieties. Moderately early pressing yielded a wine with good color and ample fruit that does not require extensive aging.
2012 Chatom Vineyards Cuvee Red, Calaveras County, California
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
Here is a blend heavily weighted toward Merlot and Syrah, with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. This red blend is a nice mix of dry cranberry and raspberry flavors, with dry tannins and a long finish with a touch of spice.
2016 Gil Familly Estates “Blau” Monsant, Spain
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
The full-bodied wine Blau has complex layers of dark berries, black cherry, plum, lavender, spice box, wood smoke, minerals, and black pepper. Well-balanced and easily approachable, it over-delivers as a mouth filling, round and dense wine with good grip and length. The blend is Cariñena, Syrah and Garnacha. Here is a wine to go with rice or pasta dishes, vegetables, mushrooms, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses; one could go on and on.
2014 Coronica Winery Dry Red Blend, Croatia
List price 22.50; Our price 19.99
This blend of Teran (80%), Merlot (10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) is bright and spicy with notes of thyme, orange, clove and the region's characteristic briny iron note. It received 90 Points from Wine & Spirits Magazine (Best Buy): “Bright and tangy, this blend of Teran with 10 percent each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon impresses with all the details carried on its juicy fruit—the rose scents and hibiscus tea flavors, the spices like star anise and cloves. It's fresh and thirst quenching, ready for cookouts this summer.”
2014 Chateau Saint Ahon Haut Medoc, France
List price 29.00; Our price 25.99
The nose of this Bordeaux blend shows aromas of jammed fruit, yet the mouth feel is soft. It has good balance in the mouth and should pair well with red meat, white meat and cheese (especially hard cheese). The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
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