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Red Bordeaux, which is traditionally known as claret in the United Kingdom, is generally made from a blend of grapes. Permitted grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere. Today Malbec is very seldom used, and Carmenere is used in tiny quantities. An example of a famous château that uses Carmenere is Château Clerc Milon, a fifth growth Bordeaux.

White Bordeaux, including the sweet Sauternes, is made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.
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more about Oscar
Silver Mountain Vineyards
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Oscar's Wild Red
Santa Cruz Mountains

Silver Mountain introduces Oscar's Wild Red. This is a big wine with an expressive face, and playful on your palate. And look at those big, beautiful eyes! A real treat! Note: The ...morewine's namesake is familiar to everyone who visits the winery.

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Forchini Vineyards & Winery
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2005 BeauSierra Bordeaux Style Red
Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley

A French styled "vin de pays" table wine for every day dining. Vin de Pays is regarded as a superior table wine produced from local grapes of a specific area.

Thre ...moree bordeaux varietals and one rhone make up this co-fermented blend. Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of this wine with Cabernet Franc, Petitie Verdot & Carignane. Aged in small older oak barrels for 18 months to promote the mixed bright fruit flavors without the overtone of oak. An old world styled wine with moderate alcohol. A perfect food wine for a variety of dishes. No wonder the French are so healthy and trim!

Cinnabar Winery
CAW Rating: 98
1 reviews

2004 Mercury Rising

Fragrances of black fruit, baking spice and sweet oak. Deep blackberry flavors with hints of toasted coconut. Huge mid-mouth with firm structure.

Serve with ...moredry-rubbed rib eye steak,
barbecued salmon or pasta alla

— Winemaker George Troquato

Cinnabar Winery
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2005 Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising is the proprietary name of Cinnabar’s rich Bordeaux style red wine. Tasting Notes: Fragrances of black fruit, baking spice and sweet oak. Deep blackberry flavors wit ...moreh hints of toasted coconut. Huge mid-mouth with firm structure. Serve with dry-rubbed rib eye steak, barbecued salmon or pasta alla putanesca. — Winemaker George Troquato

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Bella Piazza Winery
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2003 Bella Rosso
Sierra Foothills

Smooth, velvet wine with flavors of blackberries and black cherries. It is a blend of five red grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Barbera and Cabernet Franc. Has been aged in Frenc ...moreh Oak.

more about Allusion
Blackjack Ranch Winery
CAW Rating: 78
1 reviews

2002 Allusion

A Bordeaux-blend of 50 percent cabernet franc, 25 percent cabernet sauvignon, and 25 percent merlot. Gobs of red and black fruit combine to make this a deep, intriguing wine. Licor ...moreice, cedar, black currants and spicy oak. Exuberance with plenty of depth, richness, and subtle complexity make this wine a "best buy". Putting on weight in the bottle and taking on an elegantly pretty velvety texture. This wine has at least a 10 to 15 year life ahead of it. We are now into our last pallet of this wine so if you want it, don't delay.

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Silver Mountain Vineyards
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2001 Alloy
Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine explodes out of the glass with rich blackberry and currant flavors, balanced with a hint of
earthy olive and anise. The mouth feel is big yet balanced, tannins fir ...morem yet supple and velvety, the
palate round and full.

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Silver Mountain Vineyards
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2002 Alloy
Central Coast

This big, luscious wine is redolent of cherries, black currants, espresso and cocoa, with a hint of
violets. The fruit is so unctuous it practically explodes out of the glas ...mores! The mouth feel is big yet
balanced, tannins firm yet supple and velvety, the palate round and full. Hints of cedar and nutmeg
linger on the finish. This wine will age beautifully, and will pair well with hearty meals or with an
aged, slightly salty cheese.

Roudon-Smith Winery
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2006 Duet; 60% Cabernet Franc & 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast

Private Reserve
This wine was meticulously crafted using selected individual barrels that exhibited the highest quality and attribute, which were then blended to create a ni ...morece balance of oak, fruit, tannins and acid. Showing wild berries and black cherries up front, this wine has good tannins carrying through, with mocha chocolate and oak tannins lingering into a well-balanced and clean finish. This wine will cellar nicely for the next 5-8 years. Only 117 cases produced

Beaucanon Estate
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2003 Trifecta
Napa County

Our third Trifecta is also off to a great start! 2003 gave the grapes a long time to ripen while keeping sugars in check and acidity in balance.
A swirl of this deep garnet ...more wine relases elegant aromas of spicy berries, leather and sweet alcohol. The palate is bright with youthful acidity, highlighting flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cocoa with a generous amount of toasted coconut contributed by the American and French oak. Tannins are grippy and the finish is amazing.
This is a wine you'll want to have stashed in your cellar, to savor over the next 5 to 12 years to come. If you can't wait that long, enjoy it tonight with grilled steaks, spice-rubbed chicken and rosemary roasted lamb. A votr Sante!

Ballentine Vineyards
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2003 Integrity
Napa Valley Estate Grown

36% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, & 3% Petit Verdot

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Pretty-Smith Winery
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2002 Palette de Rouge

This Bordeaux-style blend is Pretty-Smith's signature wine. Nothing but the best estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are used in this barrel select blend.

more about Charmstone
Pine Ridge Winery
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2004 Charmstone

Ripe and smoky on the nose, the 2004 Charmstone exudes concentrated aromas of blackberry, blueberry and candied red cherry, with hints of tea, dark chocolate and cinnamon. This med ...moreium to full-bodied blend is loaded with cherry and ripe berry flavors and exhibits great balance, acidity and integration of oak. Capped by a supple, extended finish of jammy fruits, tobacco and spice, this wine is enjoyable now or can be cellared for up to eight years.

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Calcareous Winery
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2004 Twisted Sisters
Paso Robles

The 2004 Twisted Sisters has a deep ruby color. The nose opens with notes of black currant, vanilla, mint and earthy undertone. The palate is vibrant with spicy dried raspberry and ...more cinnamon flavors. The mid-palate is broad with mouth coating tannins and finishes with smooth and savory. Drink now through 2015.

Archipel Wines
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2002 Archipel
Sonoma County

The 2002 vintage represents a blend of hand-picked, hand-sorted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc fruit. Vibrant blackberry and black cherry fruit accompany a whisper ...moreof vanilla and a hint of smoke like that from an open fire. The lush, almost sensual mouthfeel is followed by a long, evolving finish.

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O'Brien Estate
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2005 Seduction
Napa Valley

Deep, dense purple throughout, this wine displays wonderful aromas of sweet black cherry, warm licorice, cedar, oak and toasted espresso bean. Intense currant, berry and cr�me de ...more cassis flavors on the palate are framed by fine grained tannins in this full bodied, supple, well concentrated blend. This wine will age well for 10 years or more.

Girard Winery
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2005 Artistry Proprietary Blend
Napa Valley

Our 2005 Artistry is a proprietary blend of 5 Bordeaux-varietal grapes. The varietals and percentages will change from year to year, with a goal of keeping the wine consistent in q ...moreuality and style. The 2005 vintage is a brilliantly-colored, dark garnet wine with aromas of baked cherries, dark plum, lavender, cinnamon, allspice and freshly cut herbs. There are also hints of tobacco, leather and toasted pecan. On the palate, this smooth-textured wine offers a full-mouth, medium bodied feel. The firm tannins are very well integrated, making the wine elegant and approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to this complex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time to open up in the glass.

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Archipel Wines
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2003 Archipel
Sonoma County

Ripe aromas of cassis, black cherry and cedar open to background notes of black licorice and cocoa. The palate mirrors the aromas amidst a rich, firmly structured texture and lengt ...morehy finish. The 2003 Archipel is a superb accompaniment to grilled red meats, sausages, hearty stews and aged cheeses such as cheddar and Parmigiano-Regianno.

Silver Horse Winery
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2004 SAGE
Paso Robles

This Bordeaux blend is unique! A blend of 50% Malbec/50% Petit Verdot, most wineries wouldn’t dare put these two varietals together without some percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon or ...more Merlot because of the high tannic structure. But we thought differently. Hints of raisins, plum, and tobacco from the Malbec paired with blackcurrants and the lovely scent of violets from the Petit Verdot make this wine both great to drink now or in 15 years.

Benessere Vineyards
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2005 Sorridente
St. Helena

Sorridente means smile in Italian, and it is our hope that this delicious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Aglianico will make your day a little brighter and cause you to sm ...moreile. The 2005 Sorridente is a big wine that has great aging potential. The deep purple hue is consistent with the blackberry, plum nose. There are notes of cocoa powder and rose petal and a definitive "Italianesque" bouquet that makes itself more apparent after the wine opens in the glass. It is an excellent pair with substantial dishes such as rack of lamb, veal shank and aged, hard cheeses. Enjoy at joyous occasions both grand and humble.

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