Blends have become en vogue in the USA over the last few years. It is an insteresting historical consumer shift when you consider that blending has been around as long as people have made wine.
In fact, may historians would argue that most wines made over the the centuries have been blends of various grape varietals. Often, this was done out of necessity or a simple lack of understanding that the grpes were different. As the teachnology in viticulture and wine making improved, blending the exact right amount of certain varietals produced some amazing results.
Toaday, there are more blends than ever on store shelves and restaurant wine lists in our Valley. I probably taste an average of 10 new blends each month in my work as Avalon Golf and Country Club's Wine Director. Many of these wines are interesting and creative in their approach to the grapes selected and the quantities of each used. Here's a look at two favorites I've found during my tastings this month:
Joel Gott Alakai
Knights Valley and Monterey, CA
Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, and Carignane
Tasting Notes - Fruit flavors of wild cherry and raspberry intertwine with spicy white pepper. Elegant and well structured with smooth tannins.
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee
Sonoma County, CA
Blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Malbec and Petite Verdot
An easy drinking red with flavors of plum, blackberry and milk chocolate the integrates with black spice and tobacco on the finish. An interesting and complex wine with soft tannins and lush fruit.
You can find these wines at better independent wine shops and restaurants all around our Valley. Enjoy!