When I speak of Bordeaux blend, in this blog I’m talking about red wine. There is a white Bordeaux blend, but I’ll cover that in a different blog.
In a red Bordeaux blend, you can have a blend of up to the following different grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. Malbec and Carmenere are rarely used in Bordeaux now as they were hard to harvest to ripeness and most of the vines are gone. In Bordeaux due to the variations in the climate each year; sometimes a cooler year, and sometimes warmer, you needed to blend earlier ripening and later ripening grapes in order to get a good wine. In the Okanagan, we are blessed with fairly good weather every summer so we can do single varietals, but still blending adds additional complexity to the wine.
With that said, I checked into everythingwine.ca and identified the following BC Bordeaux blends in the $15-$25 range:
A few of the above blends may have some non-Bordeaux variety grapes in them, such as the Kalala Cuvee Noir, but most I think are all true Bordeaux blends. In the past I’ve tasted the following BC Bordeaux blends:
Van Westen Vineyards Voluptuous Merlot / Cabernet Franc 2006 Deep reddish purple. Light aromas of cherry, cedar and slight herbaceousness. Round mouthfeel. Dark fruit liquor, cherry and plum flavours with a vanilla finish.
Poplar Grove Legacy Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec 2004 Black fruit aromas with a slight wisp of capsicum. Round mouthfeel with dark fruit and firm tannins. Dry with a black cherry finish.
Howling Bluff Sin Cera Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Malbec 2007 Deep purple with a red edge. Smoky, dark fruit aromas. Dark fruit, cherry and spicy flavours. Spicy / cherry finish. Firm tannins.
Black Widow Winery Hourglass Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Nice nose with casis, cherry, plum and vanilla. Fruit forward. Black cherry, plum and some vanilla on palate. Medium length.
Therapy Vineyards Freud’s Ego Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot 2007 Medium garnet with slight purple colouration. Oak, cherry, currant and cedar aromas. Cherry, red and dark berries, and vanilla flavour. Round mouth feel, soft tannins. Cherry finish.
I have many more in the list, but to keep it brief, I’ve listed just a few. I hope you enjoy your Labour Day long weekend with a red BC Bordeaux blend.