Bordeaux blends from the Great Northwest

By on October 30, 2016
Washington Merlot can make a bold and delicious wine.

Merlot grapes wait to be crushed at a Walla Walla Valley winery. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

When it comes to blending, France’s Bordeaux region sets the standard. Amid red grapes, Bordeaux allows eight grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carménère, St. Macaire and Gros Verdot – the last two being obscure varieties that aren’t to our knowledge grown in the Pacific Northwest in any commercial quantity.

Here are a dozen delicious Bordeaux-style red blends – 11 from Washington and one from Idaho – that fit the model that the sum of the parts are greater than any individual grape variety. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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